Rose Returns from National Guard Deployment
Congressman helped set up 262-bed emergency hospital on Staten Island during two-week deployment
Staten Island, April 16, 2020
Tags: Coronavirus Resources
Congressman Max Rose returned today from a two-week deployment with the National Guard to assist in the coronavirus response on Staten Island. Rose, who serves as a Captain in the National Guard, worked as an Operations Officer in helping set up the 262-bed emergency hospital at South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island.
“What I did was nothing compared to what our essential workers are doing every single day,” said Rose, an Army combat veteran. “It was a privilege to get this essential COVID-19 hospital up and running. This operation was a testament to what we can accomplish as a city, state, and country when we put aside differences and focus on getting the job done. We need that same focus on securing even more PPE, testing, staffing, and economic aid for New York. I am going to continue doing everything in my power to make that happen.”
While Rose was deployed with the National Guard to help with Staten Island’s coronavirus response, his office continued to serve and fight for the people of New York’s 11th Congressional District. Earlier this month, Rose’s office hosted a Small Business and Nonprofit Webinar with local experts to help businesses and nonprofits navigate these new programs and apply for much-needed relief.
Over the past week, Rose’s office has announced millions of dollars in federal funding that has been awarded to New York’s 11th Congressional District as a result of recent measures Congress passed into law. Three Staten Island colleges and universities were awarded more than $26 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act—at least half of which is for emergency financial aid grants to students. Additionally, two Staten Island community health centers were awarded nearly $1.5 million combined to help expand treatment, testing, and equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients.
Rose’s office has published a “Community Resource Guide” to assist constituents, businesses, and organizations navigate all the various federal, state, and local resources and information surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The guide will continually be updated as new information becomes available.
Rose served as an active duty officer in Afghanistan from 2012-2013 and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Rose, a former Company Commander in the National Guard, has continued to serve in the Guard since being elected to Congress, where he is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to represent New York City. Prior to being elected to Congress, Rose was the Chief of Staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that has effectively provided care and responded to the needs of underserved New Yorkers for more than 25 years.