Janet Oleszek Thanks First Responders for Response to Floods, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, 9/11

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    See below for an excellent, timely statement by Janet Oleszek, the Democratic nominee for Braddock District Supervisor against Tea Party favorite John Cook. I certainly join her in deeply thanking the region’s first responders for their outstanding work through all kinds of crises and disasters, natural and human-caused (e.g., 9/11).

    Janet Oleszek, Democratic nominee for Braddock District Supervisor released the following statement today:

    “In the past month, we have faced an earthquake, a hurricane and now massive flooding in Fairfax County.  In each of these events, our outstanding police and fire fighters have responded with consummate professionalism, working long hours and extra shifts to save countless lives of our citizens and pets and to protect our property.  On behalf of all the citizens of Fairfax County, I want to recognize and thank them.”

    “This weekend brings the 10th anniversary of September 11th.  In that event – as they have done so many times – our first responders in Fairfax County were some of the first people on the ground in Arlington to assist in a regional crisis.”  

    “The past few budgets have been tight with the economic downturn.  Since 2008, our police and firefighters have not received a raise from Fairfax County- or even a cost of living increase.  This is unacceptable.  I promise the voters of Fairfax County, if I am elected that our first responders will receive a regular cost of living increase in addition to any money for across the board pay raises that the board can find.”

    • Joint Statement of Governors Bob McDonnell and Martin O’Malley on the Tenth Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

      RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, issued the following joint statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and the fourth plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania:

      “On September 11th, 2001, life in America changed, and the country we love so deeply was forever marked by an unprecedented tragedy on our home soil.  The actions of our citizens that day and in the weeks, months and years that followed are a testament to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that our nation embodies in times of strife.  As governors of two states whose citizens were directly impacted by the horrific events that occurred 10 years ago, we solemnly remember all the lives that were lost on September 11th, 2001 and those that were forever altered.

      The terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11th miscalculated that the scars they left on American would break our resolve and divide our spirit.  First responders, citizens and elected officials, regardless of jurisdiction or affiliation, stood together that day and helped their fellow citizens.  Although the attacks left our nation reeling in grief, they have only served to bolster our American spirit. Our nation drew together with a sense of purpose and pride that helped heal our wounds and strengthen our resolve to make the world safe from the scourge of terrorism.

      Out of that tragedy, we saw the nation come together, unified and strong. On this day of remembrance, we hope Americans can rediscover all that unites us and makes our nation the world’s brightest beacon of freedom.  The National Capitol Region and our country as a whole will stand together 10 years after these attacks just as we did in the days following the attacks, and we will work together to make our nation and our world safer, stronger and more resilient.”



    • It’s fascinating to hear different peoples’ accounts of where they were, what they were thinking/doing, etc. on 9/11. Just a couple of mistakes on the video: Moran refers to $10 MILLION instead of $10 BILLION for missile defense, and also refers incorrectly to Flight 103 instead of Flight 93. Still, it’s a good story, well told.



    • A very short, matter-of-fact statement…quite a contrast with Jim Moran’s video!

    • Will Radle

      People are struggling with property damage, emotional despair and financial devastation.  Huntington is the location in Fairfax County hardest hit by the storm.

      Clearly, the incumbent chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has not provided effective solutions and people are dealing with the consequences.

      People are suffering in an already challenging economy.

      In fact, Senator Mark Warner (D) has said the Huntington area has flooded three times in the past ten years. What has the incumbent chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors done to deliver effective solutions?  Nothing.

      Working with front-line county staff and listening to community residents, we will create effective solutions. As a candidate for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, I own responsibility and embrace accountability to help prevent future damage in Huntington from storm water.

      My government plan provides the needed resources to build the effective, sustainable solutions to this community challenge without delay.  I will provide people accessible, accountable government.

      Serving as a representative on the Lee District Land Use and Transportation Committee since 2004, I possess practical, real-world experience working with storm water management, soil conservation, traffic mitigation, land use, zoning ordinances, and the comprehensive plan.

      Not every candidate for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors possesses this essential experience.  I do.

      More importantly, I am personally committed to ensure the people of our community have the resources necessary to move forward with confidence.