Goldfeder Advocates At White House
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder attended a White House holiday reception last week where he used the opportunity to advocate for the many neighborhoods in Southern Queens and Rockaway that are still suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
In private conversations with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other high ranking administration officials including White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, Assemblyman Goldfeder expressed the dire need for immediate funding and urged any and all action to bring much needed relief.
“It was an honor and privilege to be invited to the White House to meet the President,” said Goldfeder. “I had the opportunity to personally convey our thanks for the staff and resources we have already received but more importantly to urge the immediate approval of additional funding.” On December 7, President Obama made a $60.4 billion supplemental appropriation request to congress to deal with the effects of superstorm Sandy and help individuals and municipalities cover the cost of cleanup, recovery as well as mitigation projects to prevent future damage. Families and neighborhoods are desperately awaiting the appro-val of such funding to provide peace of mind and assistance in the rebuilding process, Goldfeder added. “The President sent his deepest thoughts and wishes to our community and committed to assist in any way possible,” said Goldfeder, “The $60 billion is a good start but the affected neighborhoods need it immediately. I will continue to advocate until every family is safe and secure back in their own home and our communities are rebuilt.”