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Chelsea Clinton Among Participants In Clinton Foundation's 'Day Of Action' For Sandy Recovery

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Post-Hurricane Sandy volunteer work brought thousands of volunteers to Queens Saturday, including Chelsea Clinton, who also spoke about the possibility of her own political future. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

It was Saturday yard work for Chelsea Clinton.

From building a sustainable house in the Rockaways to painting a park footbridge in Queens, the former first daughter is marking the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by volunteering with her family's foundation.

"Today we're helping, still, the Rockways, parts of Queens, parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island continue to recover and rebuild," Clinton said.

It started in Brookville Park. City crews had to put off normal upkeep to deal with 150 trees knocked down during Hurricane Sandy. That's where volunteer teams from the Clinton Global Initiative come in.

It wasn't all about cleanup, not when political royalty strolls unexpectedly into football practice.

The park flooded during the storm last year. Now, the lingering saltwater may be leaving after-effects. There are new weeds and plants that aren't blooming.

Some may say people should leave these low-lying areas for higher ground. Clinton disagrees.

"We can't abandon parts of our city or parts of our state or parts of our country," she said. "We were watching the Rosedale Jets play earlier. I mean, that league has been here for more than 40 years."

Later, in the Rockaways, Clinton broke proverbial ground. A home was about to be made over to withstand an new era of rising seas. The plan is for the home to be rebuilt, with the help of Clinton's family foundation, to be more resilient to future storms.

"It's exciting that she would take the time out to come to the Rockaways," said homeowner Lintia Duncan-Lyons. "Not many elected officials or VIPs, personnel make it out here."

The hope is other homeowners use the same design.

Chelsea Clinton's public appearances have many wondering if she'll enter politics. Her response?

"If at some point I didn't like my leaders and I thought I could make a difference, I'd have to ask and answer that question," she said.

She's also not saying if her mom will run again in 2016.

On Saturday, the former secretary of state had a more immediate plan: celebrating her own birthday. Her daughter was to join her.

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