New York Update
The whale continued on its journey and visited the Big Apple today. We were honored to be joined by City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who presented an official Proclamation from New York City on behalf of Rosie Mendez, Councilmember, 2nd District Manhattan. The proclamation honored IFAW and their journey to stop whaling. Also showing his support was Michael Gianaris, Democratic Assemblymember for the 36th Assembly District in Queens, who spoke to the crowd about the importance of saving this beautiful species.
In addition, we were very excited to learn that the Salem City Council unanimously passed the Whale Resolution! It was introduced by City Council President Matt Veno, who provided the following inspirational quote:
"As a historic New England port city that dates back to the early 1600s, the City of Salem has a long and rich connection to the sea. And just a few miles off our shore is the Stellwagen Bank which teams with many species of whales. As local elected officials, we spend most of our time dealing with very local, practical issues. But every once in a while it's important for us to weigh in on important issues that are global in scale. We're glad to do our small part by adding our voices to the global effort to protect these majestic creatures."
Thanks to a special FAA waiver, we were granted permission to fly directly into Reagan International Airport. Together with our pilot Ken Johnson, photographer Stewart Cook, videographer Chris Nickless and our new team member Janice Gatti (who bravely sat in the co-pilot seat), we arrived safely in Washington, D.C. this evening.
Henry is especially excited about visiting the Nation’s capital and is eager to spread his ‘save the whales’ message to elected officials, citizens and other children.
Both of us want to give a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Henry’s granddad Ron Gibson.