Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) was joined by Queens community advocate, Ann Cotton Morris, for President Obama's State of the Union address. Morris is the president of Woodside Houses Tenants Association and serves on the New York City Housing Authority Citywide Council of Presidents Executive Board as the Queens Chair. Ahead of the President's address, Rep. Crowley and Morris discussed issues concerning residents of Queens public housing and what efforts are needed to help create opportunities for all New Yorkers. Members of Congress are allotted one guest ticket to the State of the Union.
"Tonight, the President laid out his "blueprint' to build a stronger economy, a stronger middle class and a stronger America. A vision for the future that lifts up hardworking, middle class Americans is exactly what our country needs right now and I look forward to working with the President to build a better America," said Rep. Crowley. "One person who I know will be a partner in this effort is Ann Cotton Morris. Ann is a tireless advocate for the tenants of Woodside Houses and works with NYCHA on issues that affect the daily lives of Queens residents. Whether she is working on behalf of seniors at the Samaritan Village Woodside Senior Center or lending her voice to those in need, Ann's commitment to the community can be seen and heard each and every day. I'm so glad she was able to join me at the Capitol for the President's address and I look forward to continuing to work with Ann to make Queens an even better place to live, work and raise a family."
"It is an honor to join Congressman Crowley for President Obama's State of the Union address. Congressman Crowley has been a strong advocate for our community and I appreciate our discussion on the issues affecting public housing residents," said Morris. "I thank Congressman Crowley for this opportunity and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future."