N.Y. trade group chief didn’t require rescue

Posted on Written by Michael LaBella

It has come to the attention of Trade Only Today that an article about New York Marine Trades Association executive director Chris Squeri in Wednesday’s newsletter contained some misinformation, likely the result of limited communication and Internet access in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Squeri issued the following statement about his situation. Although his home did flood, he did not require rescue, but was assisting in the rescue of others.

“Sorry this was all misinterpreted. I did not have to be rescued from my home,” Squeri said in a comment he posted on TradeOnlyToday.com. “My wife and son went to my mother’s home inland Sunday. I was assisting Nassau County executive Ed Mangano in trying to get inflatables for people that needed to be rescued. I was in no danger during the storm, but our home did receive flood damage in our basement and first floor.

“Our marina, Atlantic Yacht Haven, had minimal structural damage and none of our boats had any major damage. Our restaurant, Tropix, caught fire after our neighbor’s business went on fire. We plan to rebuild for next season.

“Long Island and New York marinas received extensive damage, as many lost all docks, boat damage, and boats are missing. The industry has been hit hard. We have been hit hard, but we will be back!

The Empire State Marine Trades Association, of which Squeri is president, also sent a statement to its members clarifying the situation.

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