Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2008
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-217-5882

Senator Ellis calls 150,000 Constituents Post-Ike

September 21, 2008 (Houston) - On Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, State Senator Rodney Ellis and ACORN called constituents throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties to provide them with the most current information on the Hurricane Ike recovery effort. Using technology, donated to ACORN by Tele-Town Hall, LLC, Senator Ellis and ACORN dialed thousands of households, instantly allowing constituents to participate in a live, real time question and answer session, without having to leave their homes.

An audio recording of Saturday's call is attached in this email. Pertinent audio begins at the one minute mark.

Senator Ellis, representatives from ACORN, top executives from CenterPoint, including president and CEO David McClanahan, a representative from the state Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and officials from the City of Houston gave out information regarding power restoration, the emergency food stamp program, and city clean-up.

Toni McElroy, president of Texas ACORN gave out a number that residents can text to receive hurricane recovery updates from ACORN. Text IKE HELP to 29222.

Attachment: Sen. Ellis' Tele-Town Hall Audio from 09/20/2008   (MP3 Format, 9.44 MB)