Councilman Michael Nelson’s chief of staff wrote to inform us that they’ve returned to their office, following flooding that made them vacate to Senator David Storobin’s office.
Chief of Staff Debbie Miller-Weiss writes:
Our district office at 1605 Voorhies Avenue now has power, telephone service and internet access. We are very pleased to report that our office will be open beginning tomorrow. Moreover, we are deeply grateful to NYS Senator Storobin for having welcomed us into his office during this crisis – allowing us to interact more directly and efficiently with our constituents, giving us full use of his desks, computers, phones, copier, scanner, fax machine, among other things.
You can reach the councilman at 1605 Voorhies Avenue, 1st Floor, or by calling (718) 368-9176. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
Photo: Erica Sherman
In a press release this morning from Councilman Michael Nelson restating that his office is temporarily co-locating with State Senator David Storobin, the pol revealed that, like many of us, he too ignored evacuation orders and chose to stay in his office (1605 Voorhies Avenue) and take calls. Here’s what the release said:
On the night of the storm, the Councilman recognized the importance of his personal presence in areas of his district facing danger in order to arrange last minute evacuations and to be available to meet with emergency personnel on the scene so that everything necessary could be done for the safety and wellbeing of his constituents. Unexpectedly the Councilman’s office building located a few blocks from the bay suddenly lost power and started to flood. Nelson became trapped in his District Office at the time of the storm surge. Flooding occurred in the building’s basement, lobby, and elevator shaft and reached the 3rd step leading to the Councilmember’s first floor office. In addition, his vehicle on the street was heavily damaged. Later that evening, a little after midnight, his Chief of Operations, Chaim Deutsch rescued him.
Deutsch is also the founder of the Flatbush Shomrim, and it was actually Shomrim volunteers who risked their lives drudging through the mucky waters to save Nelson. Kudos to them for their selflessness.
Nelson actually told us about the late-night, mid-hurricane rescue mission earlier this week. We asked what he was thinking by returning to his office.
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