2013-11-01 / Top Stories

Chelsea Clinton Leads Rockaway Day Of Action

By Miriam Rosenberg


Clinton with St. Bernard Project CEO Zack Rosenburg and Lintia Lyons. Clinton with St. Bernard Project CEO Zack Rosenburg and Lintia Lyons. Like father, like daughter.

In the days after Hurricane Sandy, former president Bill Clinton was in Rockaway and other places, comforting those who had been hardest hit.

On Saturday, October 26th, the Clinton Foundation, which he founded, hosted volunteers from such places as Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts who came together to help areas still recovering from superstorm Sandy. Among those areas was Far Rockaway and leading the effort was vice chair of the foundation and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

This was the second Day of Action by the foundation related to Sandy recovery. The first took place last November following the storm.

Clinton joined volunteers at they cleaned up the Beach 30th Street Park and dug up dead trees that needed to be removed.

Clinton also represented the foundation, as they and their project partners the St. Bernard Project and the Lyons family symbolically ‘broke ground’ on the first resilient house to be built on Beach 46th Street. Together they ceremonially hammered nails into a wall, signally the start of the longer term project. Clinton said, “It’s not just people here in this neighborhood, but it is people in Joplin and along the Gulf Coast who probably will see a lot more bad weather in the years to come. (They) deserve to live in resilient homes that are full of dignity for the people who live in them today and the generations that will live in them in the future.”



Zack Rosenberg, CEO of St. Bernard Project; the Lyons Family; Chelsea Clinton; vice president of American Institute of Architects Russ Davidson, and Councilman Donovan Richards at ‘groundbreaking’ for the Lyon’s new, resilient home. Zack Rosenberg, CEO of St. Bernard Project; the Lyons Family; Chelsea Clinton; vice president of American Institute of Architects Russ Davidson, and Councilman Donovan Richards at ‘groundbreaking’ for the Lyon’s new, resilient home.

Clinton joins volunteers and Richards in digging out dead trees at the Beach 30th Street Park. 
Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Clinton joins volunteers and Richards in digging out dead trees at the Beach 30th Street Park. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

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