Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence and helped to hand out 500 turkeys and 500 individual meals on the day before Thanksgiving.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), County Legislator Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence) and Town District Town of Hempstead Councilman James Darcy were also on hand for the governor’s visit and to help distribute the donated food.
Marianela Jordan, the Nassau regional representative for Cuomo's office, said she learned of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Inwood and Lawrence communities from Skelos before relaying the information to the governor's office. "Inwood needed additional resources and support," she said. "The governor has us on the ground listening to the needs of the community."
Inwood resident Mildred Butler said it was a beautiful idea for Cuomo to visit her neighborhood. "He knows people are in need and he's willing to help," she said.
Costco, ShopRite, WalMart and Delta Air Lines donated the turkeys and individual meals.