Senator Sarauw begins the people’s work
With a truncated term, Senator Sarauw hits the ground running. St. Thomas, The 32nd Legislature welcomed Senator Janelle K. Sarauw and her staff last week. She is thankful for all the love and support as she begins her work. The Central Staff and members of the 32nd Legislature, who have been professional, helpful, and friendly, made the introduction to the building seamless which has allowed Senator Sarauw and her team the ability to get right to work with little hindrance. “Myself and the team have been welcomed so graciously by the staff here at the 32nd Legislature. With their help, we have been able to settle into the office and our duties. The onboarding process is no small task, and I am so appreciative of the knowledge and experience of the people I am graced to work with here.” With the week’s agenda in hand, Senator Sarauw began reviewing testimony in preparation for committee hearings. Although not yet assigned her respective committees, the Senator participated in session as a non-member of the Health, Hospital and Human Services Committee, Chaired by Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly. Senator Sarauw also attended the Cruise Task Force Town Hall, where cruise experts gave a sobering talk on the need for the USVI to update and diversify their offerings to cruise ship travelers. The Senator is already hard at work crafting legislation to foster economic prosperity and the diversification of the downtown district. Finally, Senator Sarauw will spend most of this week reviewing the 2018 budget along with testimonies, in preparation for upcoming Finance Committee Meetings. Given the financial situation of the territory, and the fact that the fiscal year begins October 1, 2017, Senator Sarauw recognizes the urgency in addressing our economic situation whilst maintaining an efficient and effective government. For more of the Senator’s initiatives and focus for the term, please visit her website www.janelleksarauw.com. You can sign up for her newsletter, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Instagram to stay informed on what the Senator and her staff are working on. SENATOR JANELLE K SARAUW is a member of the 32nd Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands. Through public service, she is focused on empowering the people of the US Virgin islands and creating a better government that is of, by, and for the people.