He rose to the occasion!
A southern Brooklyn lawmaker deployed with the National Guard to Staten Island on Wednesday to help with the Army’s COVID-19 response efforts.
Congressman Max Rose — whose district includes a swath of southern Brooklyn and Staten Island — will serve as an Operations Officer for the National Guard stationed at College of Staten Island and South Beach Psychiatric Center. Rose will help with both facilities’ day-to-day operations for the coming weeks, according to his spokesman, Jonas Edwards-Jenks.
The House isn’t expected to be called back into session until April 20, but Rose will continue to vote on bills if votes are called, he said.
Rose has ample experience in the armed forces. From 2012 to 2014, the congressman served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan, and in 2017, he joined the National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment as a Company Commander prior to being elected, Edwards-Jenks said.
Rose said he deployed with the National Guard to help his constituents fend off the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 1, Staten Island has 2,480 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to city data.
“Over the past month I have seen acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice by our first responders, nurses, doctors, and essential workers,” Rose said in a statement. “My activation and deployment is nothing compared to what our city, state, and country has asked of all them.”