A Ground Zero responder, a 6-year-old boy from the Bronx, and a lawmaker’s own grandson: those are some New Yorkers going to the 2020 State of the Union.
Like other members of Congress, each New York lawmaker is allowed to bring one guest to President Trump’s annual address on Tuesday night — and most usually seize the moment to underscore issues important to them.
In an effort to highlight health care issues, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is bringing 6-year-old Jonathan Fisher, a Bronx native with a seizure disorder and chronic lung disease, spokesman Angelo Roefaro said Monday.
Staten Island Congressman Max Rose (D-NY 11th District) has invited retired FDNY firefighter Rob Serra, an advocate for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, which was reauthorized in July.
Meanwhile, longtime Long Island Rep. Peter King, who has announced that he won’t be seeking a 15th term in 2020, decided to invite along his grandson, according to his chief of staff, Kevin Fogarty.
Fellow Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY 1st District), has chosen William Schlosser, 95, of East Patchogue, a World War II army vet who fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
To call attention to worker’s rights, Queens Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY 6th District), is bringing Abdul Quddus Chaudhry, 65, of Flushing, a security guard at LaGuardia Airport and member of the 32BJ SEIU union.
From upstate, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21st District), has chosen New York Farm Bureau president David Fisher, a farmer from St. Lawrence whose family has been operating a dairy for four generations in Madrid, NY.
Meanwhile, the guest of Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY 7th District), is Jessica Moraima Ventura Perez, a mother, who lost her 13-year-old daughter, Jaideliz Moreno Ventura, in January in Puerto Rico due to lack of proper medical care following the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY 10th District) may not be at the event, as he had to rush back to New York on Friday to be with his wife, Joyce Miller, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month.
The 72-year-old Manhattan lawmaker, who is one of the lead House impeachment managers, wasn’t at the the Senate Impeachment Trial on Monday as he was meeting with his wife’s doctors.
“I still don’t know if he is going to come down tomorrow,” said spokesman Daniel Schwarz. “He is in New York with his wife.”