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South Amboy Looks to Aid Hurricane Victims in Texas and Florida

9/6/17 Business Meeting

By: Joseph L. Kuchie


SOUTH AMBOY – Mayor Fred Henry announced that the city of South Amboy will look to conduct a city-wide collection to help support the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Hurricane Harvey took the lives of at least 70 people in August, dumping nearly 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas. Hurricane Irma had yet to hit landfall as of last Wednesday’s city business meeting, but meteorologists projected certain areas of Florida would face wind speeds of over 115 m.p.h.

“We had a collection up at Protection [Fire House] and I think that we should look into very seriously doing a collection city wide using the fire departments just as they did except not just one but maybe a few more so we can have a couple of places to do things.”

“It’s just something I think we should do considering the help we got when we were hit with [Hurricane] Sandy,” he added. “We’re all in these things together so I think it would be very worthwhile.”

Councilman Brian McLaughlin noted that Protection Fire Company held their collection in conjunction with Spotswood and Milltown. The three entities worked with a local tractor trailer company to transport the goods toward Texas.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Councilwoman Zusette Dato said. “I think we all agree on that and having had similar, not as intense, but similar experiences, I think we get it. We feel for them.”

All council members were in attendance for the city’s business meeting. The next city council meeting will be held on September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

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