It's weekend yard work for Chelsea Clinton, from building a sustainable house in the Rockaways; to painting a park footbridge in Queens. The former first daughter is marking the anniversary of Sandy by volunteering with her family's foundation. YNN's Josh Robin has more on the story.
ROSEDALE, N.Y. -- It's weekend yard work for Chelsea Clinton, from building a sustainable house in the Rockaways; to painting a park footbridge in Queens. The former first daughter is marking the anniversary of Sandy by volunteering with her family's foundation.
"Today we're helping still the Rockaways, parts of Queens, parts of Brooklyn, to continue to recover and rebuild," said the Clinton Foundation Vice President Chelsea Clinton.
It started in Brookville Park. City crews had to put off normal upkeep to deal with 150 trees knocked down during Sandy. That's where volunteer teams from the Clinton Global Initiative come in.
It wasn't all about clean up. Not when political royalty strolls unexpectedly into football practice. The park flooded. A year later, the lingering saltwater may be leaving aftereffects. There are new weeds and plants that aren't blooming. Some may say people should leave these low lying areas for higher ground. Clinton disagrees.
We can't abandon parts of our city, or parts of our state, or parts of our country. We were watching the Rosedale Jets play earlier. I mean, that league has been here for more than 40 years," Clinton went on to say.
Later, in the Rockaways Clinton broke proverbial ground. A home was about to be made over to withstand a new era of rising seas.
"It's exciting that she would take the time out to come to the Rockaways. Not many elected officials, VIPs personalities make it out here," said homeowner Lintia Duncan-Lyons.
In the video clip you see where the waters stops and the flood line. The plan is for the home to be rebuilt with the help of the Clinton's Family Foundation that will be more resilient to future storms. The hope is other homeowners use the same design.
Chelsea Clinton's public appearance has many wondering if she'll enter politics. Her response to the question is, "If at some point I didn't like my leaders and I thought I could make a difference, I'd have to ask and answer that question."
She's also not saying if her mom will run again in 2016. Saturday, the Former Secretary of State had a more immediate plan; celebrating her birthday. Her daughter was to join her.