Productivity has been nonstop in the office of Senator Sarauw. On the agenda, the Senator and her office established the Legislature’s first Stenographer Day, “Putting People to Work” Job Fair, which brought employers and job seekers together on various job opportunities on St.Thomas, created a book drive to replenish the public school libraries, and chaired the Committee of Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs and Culture, to name a few. In an effort to revitalize tourism to the Territory, Senator Sarauw along with members of the Legislature traveled to Florida to attend the annual Seatrade Conference. While there, members were exposed to the latest information and trends in the cruise ship industry. Back at the office, Senator Sarauw’s staff along with the Department of Education would continue preparation for one of the biggest events to be held later in the month. Senator Sarauw started the month of February in a Committee of the Whole meeting addressing zoning request applications in the Territory, which became apparent certain guidelines needed to change. A positive step in the communication infrastructure was also in the works, as PR Wireless Sprint Affiliate also updated the Senator with their plans for restoration. We are getting there. One step at a time. However, did someone say Tsunami? With a failure to receive an alert, VI residents would quickly be reminded of the Territory’s communications issues. During the month of January, Viya’s restoration efforts, Dept. of Education’s preparedness, the National Guards and VITEMA, were all brought to the senate floor. This month would also mark the Senator’s first hearing as Chairperson for the Committee on Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs, and Culture. “Tis the season to be jolly” and after two Cat5 hurricanes the Senator wanted to remind the people of the Territory to enjoy the holiday season. The “Miracle in the Garden” event did just as the Senator had planned. Many came together and joined in the festivities held at the Emancipation Garden. November - Monthly Report The month of November proved to be a busy month. Senator Sarauw and her staff continued to work on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands resolving issues brought on in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Senator also travelled with a delegation to Washington to discuss the recovery and stability of the territory post storms. Rebuilding and restructuring for a stronger and more environmentally sensitive United States Virgin Islands, Senator Janelle Sarauw continues to reach out and make a difference in the community. Through long hours, many calls, numerous emails and inbox messages, multitude of meetings, policymaking, and continued volunteering, aid continues to be received to help the people and the islands. The Senator went into Labor Day weekend with a positive outlook on the month of September. It was the final month for budget sessions, and the legislature was on track to working out the 2018 fiscal year. September became a very different type of month for Senator Sarauw. No longer mulling over numbers and testimony, the focus shifted to networking, logistics, supply, demand, and humanitarian efforts for the people of the Virgin Islands. Senator Sarauw wants to maintain the level of community engagement the team held during the campaign. That requires being outside of the office. The first town hall was held on St. John at the Sports, Parks, and Recreation Building. The Senator also made an unscheduled visit to Schneider Regional Medical Center after receiving a call from a concerned constituent. Amidst the busy budget hearing schedule, Senator Sarauw still found time for professional development, attending the National Conferen One of the most important parts of Senator Sarauw’s platform is that of transparency. Mismanagement of human resources, lack of data collection, political corruption, and poor party politics can all hinder the growth of a community, but through diligence, strong morals, and accountability, Senator Sarauw is championing for change. These reports are some of the steps the Senator is taking in creating a more transparent government that works for the people. "Janelle Sarauw, who was sworn in as a senator 12 days ago, could have chosen to hold her first town meeting on St. John at the cushy, air-conditioned Legislative Conference Room on St. John, but she preferred to hold it at a nearby wooden building used by the Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation.
'We’re holding it in this dilapidated building where I worked for two years so...'"
With the week’s agenda in hand, Senator Sarauw began reviewing testimony in preparation for committee hearings.
The Senator is also hard at work crafting legislation to foster economic prosperity and the diversification of the downtown district and will spend most of this week reviewing the 2018 budget along with testimonies, in preparation for upcoming Finance Committee Meetings.
Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 pm Senator Sarauw will be hosting a town hall meeting on St. John at the Sports Parks and Recreation Building across from the Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay. The forum is open to all questions focused on the island of St. John or the US Virgin Islands as a whole. The Senator hopes the people of St. John can attend and speak on the issues they find most pressing in their lives and the lives of all US Virgin Islanders. There will be light refreshments available at
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