The US Senate is holding hearings today on the impacts of Super Storm Sandy, and during her testimony, New York’s Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had to hold back tears as she told the story of two young boys from Staten Island who were literally ripped from their mother’s hands as she sought help.

Early in her testimony Gillibrand said, “the most heartbreaking story was when I went to Staten Island and (pause), we…” and she then paused for roughly 7 seconds to compose herself. For the next minute or so she struggled through her emotions to talk about the deaths of 4-year-old Connor Moore and 2-year-old Brendan Moore.

After telling the story Gillibrand was more composed as she finished her testimony.

Here is the video from the hearing courtesy CSPAN.