16 Nov 2012 09:23 AM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: President Barack Obama greets disaster relief workers on Staten Island. (Image Source: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty)
President Barack Obama visited New York City on Thursday, visiting Staten Island and flying over the Far Rockaways to view the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy over two weeks ago.
In his first visit since his reelection, Obama also comforted residents who were still recovering from the disaster and also thanked emergency workers who attended to the damage.
“I’m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough. You bounce back, just as America always bounces back. The same is going to be true this time out, alright?” he said in Staten Island.
Obama arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 11:30 a.m. and rode the Marine One helicopter to the Rockaway, surveying the fire damage in Breezy Point, where over 80 homes were destroyed. He then landed in New Dorp in Staten Island to thank volunteers for FEMA.
“You guys are doing great work,” he said to one worker, according to DNAinfo.com.
Obama then continued on to Cedar Grove Avenue and Center Place to see the damaged homes and speak with residents. He was joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
This visit marked Obama’s second to the area since Hurricane Sandy. On October 31, he was joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on a tour of hurricane-damaged areas of the neighboring state.