By Vera Chinese AND Rich Schapiro / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8:59 PM
Mark Bonifacio/New York Daily News
14-year-old Kate and 11-year-old Maggie Traina wrote two letters written to President Obama on behalf of their grandmother, who lost her home on Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy.
Two New Jersey sisters were squealing with delight Thursday after President Obama immediately responded to their heart-tugging letters for help.
Kate and Maggie Traina, ages 14 and 11, were thrilled when they learned that Obama would be visiting their grandparents, whose Staten Island home was demolished by Hurricane Sandy.
They weren’t allowed to tag along, so the precocious sisters from Scotch Plains wrote the President notes expressing their heartbreak.
“I hope you can make a difference in Staten Island,” reads Maggie’s letter, neatly handwritten on a sheet of loose-leaf paper. “My grandma and grandpa’s house was all over the news.”
The missive contained an adorable postscript: “At school we had to vote, and I voted for you.”
She even included the results of her school’s mock election, which gave a lopsided edge to Obama over Mitt Romney, 624 to 216.
Kate’s note was powerful and poignant.
“When I had found out that my grandparents’ house was demolished as a result of the recent hurricane, it felt as if time stopped,” it read. “The realization of what Sandy had done was hard to grasp as I sorted through the remains of part of my childhood.”
Notes in hand, the girls’ grandparents, Sheila and Dominic Traina, met Obama outside their flattened green bungalow on Cedar Grove Ave.
After Sheila Traina gave the President the letters, he immediately called for paper and pen and jotted a message back: “Maggie and Kate, Thanks for the letter. I’m going to help! Barack Obama.”
The girls were stunned. Kate said she never expected a same-day reply from the leader of the free world.
Added sixth-grader Maggie: “I was just thankful that he went to my grandma to see her.”