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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 12:25 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for allowing me to serve as your Congressman. I was born and raised in Queens and having the chance to represent my friends, neighbors and all the people of Brooklyn and Queens in the 9th Congressional District has been a great honor.

As a lifelong resident of this area, my office’s primary focus has been on serving you. In just a few short months after the special election, we answered a backlog of letters, emails and casework as well as opened the first full-time Brooklyn district office. I am extremely proud of the hard work my staff did for people throughout the district. We were able to help current and future generations of our military by ensuring veterans receive the benefits they are rightfully entitled to and awarded the medals they deserve.

Over the past year, I worked closely with the Army Corps of Engineers to highlight the poor shoreline conditions.We were able to secure homeland security funding, address transportation and infrastructure issues and help remove the Cross Bay Bridge toll. We fought for more choices in education, to protect our allies abroad, to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, fought against religious discrimination, pushed for tax relief for small businesses and individuals, fought for pro-job growth legislation, worked to get the deficit under control and helped thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

There were many things that tested our spirit and resolve over the last couple of years. But nothing speaks to how strong our resilience as New Yorkers is more than how we once again came together after Sandy. Many of you put your personal tragedies aside in order to help your neighbors. In the days after the storm subsided, communities banded together to provide the assistance and services that the government was unable to. I was touched by how many of you made great sacrifices to help those in need.

While our country still faces many great obstacles and politicians continue to hold differences in opinion, I still believe we live in the greatest country in the world. And as long as we continue to stand with our neighbors love our family, and remain proud of our country, the American dream will stay alive.

Bob Turner is the former Representative for New York’s 9th Congressional District.

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