To the Editor:
The Madison Chamber of Commerce is very thankful for the outstanding and heroic efforts of the people of Madison's municipal government before, during and after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
The Borough of Madison's thorough disaster plan was managed and executed with the utmost professionalism and care for the benefit of Madison's citizens, visitors and businesses.
Under dangerous, once-in-a-lifetime circumstances the people of the Borough of the Madison quickly restored power to the business district. That was a big step back to normalcy for so many. In the storm's aftermath the people of the Borough of Madison kept downtown safe and standing on two solid feet, which allowed many businesses to provide desperately needed goods, services and a degree of comfort to stormed-tossed residents from Madison and neighboring towns.
There are too many heroes to thank here so the Chamber recognizes these Borough entities: The Governing Body, the Administration, the Department of Public Works, the Electric Utility, the Police Department, the Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management. The Chamber also recognizes the remarkable performance of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The Chamber acknowledges the extraordinary work of two tireless leaders: Mayor Robert Conley and Council Member Robert Landrigan, who is also the coordinator of Madison's Office of Emergency Management. Their expertise, diligence and compassion were indispensable to Madison's rapid recovery.
We thank the dedicated volunteers who worked in concert with the Borough. We also thank the many volunteers in every corner of Madison who helped countless friends and neighbors in need during the crisis.
Nearly seven days after the hurricane Madison was almost completely and miraculously made whole again and we give thanks for that. At the same time our heart goes out neighboring towns that are still severely affected by the storm. As a community we should help them in their continuing time of need. We're blessed to call Madison home and we'll never forget it.
Ken Toumey, President
John Morris, 1st Vice President
Peter Daniele, 2nd Vice President
Karen Meyer, Executive Director