Rep. Bob Turner, a Republican from the Breezy Point section of Queens, saw his home destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Turner, who won a special election last year to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, issued a statement on the storm and his home this afternoon:
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of my fellow New Yorkers and the many others who are experiencing loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Last night’s storm showed once again that the professionalism and bravery of our first responders is second to none. I want to commend the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in order to keep others safe.
“Times like these create tremendous obstacles. However, by working together we will ensure that the power is restored and our neighborhoods are rebuilt. I will be working with FEMA and other officials in the coming days to ensure that residents have access to the assistance they need. I would encourage people to go to my website or Facebook page to find information on how to contact emergency services.
“I, along with many other Breezy Point residents, lost our homes last night and I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm. I hope you will join me in lending a hand to those who were less fortunate and keep everyone impacted by this storm in your thoughts and prayers.”
Turner was a neighbor of state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, who also saw his home destroyed in the storm, according to several media reports.