City Point Neighborhood Suffered Damage in Both Irene and Sandy


NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement today celebrating the reopening of Sage American Grill and Oyster Bar.  Sage opened after dealing with extensive flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, but had to close again after suffering more damage and winding up under water during Hurricane Sandy.


“Many congratulations are in order for owner Dave McCoart and his dedicated staff,” DeLauro said.  “Connecticut’s coast has been battered by multiple storms in the past year, but its residents and businesspeople have shown tremendous resilience in their determination to rebuild and press on. And of course the timing, with New Haven Restaurant Week starting Monday, could not be better.


“We should also use this occasion to remember the thousands of people across Connecticut who struggle to put food on the table for their families.  One out of seven people in the Third Congressional District is food insecure.  That is just a nice way of saying they do not know where their next meal is coming from.  They are hungry.  In the most prosperous nation in the world, this is unacceptable.


“But anyone can lend a helping hand by bringing non-perishable food items to New Haven City Hall, The New Haven Free Public Library or Gateway Community College between now and the end of the month. I will be doing so and urge others who have the resources to do so to help out our neighbors who are having a hard time getting by.”


People can also donate money, with diners participating in Restaurant Week having the option of donating a dollar to their bill and the proceeds going to the Connecticut Food Bank.


DeLauro is a senior member of the committee responsible for the Agriculture Department, including the food stamp program.  She is a longtime advocate for nutrition and anti-hunger issues both in Connecticut and nationally.