Looking back at Hurricane Sandy and New Leaders Council
Just over one year ago, Hurricane Sandy affected several countries and communities. In the U.S., 24 states were affected, with New York and New Jersey being the hardest hit states. New Leaders Council has a prominent presence in the northeast and many of our members were in the middle of what became the costliest Atlantic storm of all time.
Former NLC NYC boardmember and City Manager of Long Beach Jack Schnirman was in one of the most destroyed areas of New York and there worked to protect and evacuate the 35,000 residents of the city. NLC NYC boardmembers organized over 80 volunteers to provide needed supplies to the residents of Long Beach that lost access to essential materials due to destruction of roads and stores from the storm.
New Leaders Council boasts itself as being comprised of members that are the solution to government gridlock and partisan debate by working together with both sides of the isle and focusing on results. Last winter, NLC New Jersey put words to practice at the Restore the Shore Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert in Asbury Park, NJ. The Monmouth County Democratic Organization, Republican Committee and NLC NJ co-hosted this event, which brought together not only Monmouth County, but all of New Jersey. NJ Young Republicans and NJ Young Democrats also co-hosted the effort; politicians from both sides of the aisle, including Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R – Monmouth) and State Sen. Barbara Buono (D – Middlesex) attended in support; NJ 101.5’s Kevin McArdle emceed the event; classic Jersey Shore bands, including the B Street Band, The Pat Roddy Band, Joe Orlando and the Cryers, Vinny Pastore and the Crazy Horse Band, and Back Up Jackson assured that the concert was a huge hit. The benefit resulted in over $100,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
NLC NJ Chapter Director (second from the left) and other supporters at the Restore the Shore Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert in Asbury Park, NJ