Staten Island pleads for help: “We are going to die!”

posted at 9:17 am on November 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wide swath of destruction to the Northeast, but possibly nowhere more devastating than Staten Island. Half of the storm’s deaths occurred there, and residents remain without power, heat, and in some cases shelter. ABC News reported last night on the desperate pleas of those stuck in the area, telling city, state, and federal officials that they need assistance or “we are going to die”:

The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.

“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”

Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power. Many are homeless, and at least 19 people died on Staten Island because of the storm.

The good news is that New York City has the generators that could help. The bad news? They’re already assigned to a much more critical task than saving the lives of 90-year-old people:

As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

And a third “backup” unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails.

The three diesel-powered generators crank out 800 kilowatts — enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan.

If you’re wondering why New York City is still holding the annual marathon, it’s because Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists that the show must go on:

Mayor Bloomberg today insisted the New York City Marathon should go on as scheduled, even as huge swaths of Gotham remain in ruins and with no electricity.

The famed five -borough race is set for Sunday, starting at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park.

The mayor is banking on the restoration of electricity on several blocks of Manhattan, below 34th Street, thus relieving some police burden there.

“The marathon is not going to redirect any focus. Keep in mind by Sunday we’ll have electricity back downtown,” Bloomberg said.

These kind of events take a significant amount of resources for security, public safety, transportation, and certainly for the electricity needed to run a media event like a modern marathon. Shouldn’t the focus of the city’s resources be on, oh, saving the lives of its people in the aftermath of a disaster like this?  Staten Island residents probably aren’t too keen on taking a back seat to a sporting event while they sit in the dark and the cold.


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OkieDoc on November 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Wackiness.

Bout to leave my apartment see if I can find some gas in queens and bring it to my friends and family on eastern Long Island. Doubt ill find anythang though.

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Depressing.

rob verdi on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I wonder if people will hold 32 oz cups out for the marathon runners?

DrAllecon on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

BY the way the gas issue on Long island is as bad as you can imagine.

rob verdi on November 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Hey Barry…show em your jacket again!

Er uh I have ordered er uh that we cut through the er uh red tape and get these er uh er people uh help.

-Bronco Bama

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Man, could you imagine if there was a Republican running NYC? They would have just left people to die after the storm! You know, because they don’t care about people or something.

Gatsu on November 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why does Obama hate white people?

“from the headlines”

A. Weasel on November 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I wonder what the carbon footprint is for those generators?

Frank Enstine on November 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

If they can’t have a full-size generator, Mayor Bloomberg, could they at least have two half-size generators?

onetrickpony on November 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

You can already see the coming MSM narrative: Obama saves Staten Island

Mark1971 on November 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Epic fail

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Saw this. Utterly ridiculous that the ‘show must go on’ when parts of New York look like bomb sites. Why does midget mike hate the working class?

Also saw a man standing in the rubble of Staten Island asking a state official, “Can you honestly say that the higher income boroughs did not receieve priority relief.”

“No, not at all.”

That’s up there with, “We leave no one behind”.

CorporatePiggy on November 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

What about Obama’s great response? Just before the election? Sure he is doing a great job – just great.

Haha! What a joke.

Zomcon JEM on November 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Good luck! Prayers are with all of you! We have some experience with what you’re going through down here. It is horrible.

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Yeah, good move by Barry’s campaign to tie his electoral hopes to his performance in handling the Sandy aftermath. And nice going Chris Christie sniffing Obama’s butt in front of the cameras. Now if/when this starts to get really ugly, you’ll go down with the ship.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Hey, NYC – YOU GUYS VOTED THIS DICKWAD AND HIS SOULMATE OBAMA INTO OFFICE?!!!

HOW’S THAT WORKING OUT FOR YA?

Sugar Land on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Wackiness.

Bout to leave my apartment see if I can find some gas in queens and bring it to my friends and family on eastern Long Island. Doubt ill find anythang though.

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Blue, if you’re still on, DON’T travel around alone there now, even in the daytime. Go in a group to do that stuff.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Put together a list of some of the organizations getting food, clothing and shelter to the stricken areas. It is MORE than just NYC.

Some food trucks have gotten in the past day or two… the reports are disturbing.

I hope that some of the right wing blogs can get together and get a master list put together. I know that Blackfive is going to be putting a FB page up on relief for Sandy, later today I think.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

This would have been bush’s fault…. dear leader will be covered

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Meanwhile, electrical crews from Alabama were told to leave in N. J. because they were non-union! SHEEEESH!!!

honsy on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

And y’all say we make a religion out of football down heah.

Knott Buyinit on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Gee, too bad the pres is out campaigning.

This is Obama’s Katrina.

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Hang in there BB

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Too bad they can’t ask Ambassador Stevens what happens when you plead for help from these jokers.

It bears repeating…if a Republican were in office there would be wall-to-wall coverage of this national disgrace.

changer1701 on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

So why didn’t Obama go to NY and Staten Island and Manhattan to “survey” the damage? Because it was a political show for the cameras to be next to a Romney surrogate, Christie, and look like he can reach across the aisle and work with republicans. He did a great job with declaring it an emergency and releasing funds, but the trip to NJ was only for show.

The show must go on…WTF? What if a republican mayor said that (rhetorical)!?

Normalcy, democratic style!

Patriot Vet on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

We’re going to freeze!

Residents could keep warm by basking in the glow of a Fisker Karma…. a car that, after being submerged, is tending to catch fire–kinda like its cousin–the Volt–something else that Staten Island is short of (not the car, the charge).

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Avery Brundage Bloomberg?

Seth Halpern on November 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.

Don’t worry folks, Obama is on the case. If you happen to give up the ghost then ..well:

In an interview that aired today, President Obama said that “if we find out that there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job” regarding the attack on the U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya, “then they’ll be held responsible.”

Obama is on it–doggone it—he’ll surely find out who perpetrated this upon you and he’ll find some ass to kick.

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Screw that marathon and screw Bloomberg . . . every generator should be out servicing the people that were devastated by the storm. Disgusting.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Blue State

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

You’d almost think they’re worried they can’t vote for Barry.

MeatHeadinCA on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Meanwhile, the Utility unions couldn’t give a stuff!

OldEnglish on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This happens when one relies on the government to rescue them

tommy-t on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

typical progessive mayor, as long as the downtown area has power its all good. who cares about those outlying areas,

chasdal on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

When Romney wins on Tuesday, what happens in the streets on Wednesday?

petefrt on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Cant wait til these bozos are running healthcare. They would love for everyone to move to the city and be totally dependent on them. Thankful to be a country girl :)

ldbgcoleman on November 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Mayor Bloomberg today insisted the New York City Marathon should go on as scheduled, even as huge swaths of Gotham remain in ruins and with no electricity.

has bloomberg heard of maslow’s hierarchy of needs? apparently not

marathoning is certainly up above food, water, security and such…but, they’re liberals, they know more than a red stater like me.

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If only Bush was Prezy so we could blame him.

MeatHeadinCA on November 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Those sidebar videos over there —->>>> drive me crazy when I’m trying to hear a vid on Hot Air.

The drop down ads are also annoying. Can somebody do something about it? It’s almost painful to come to HA anymore.

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Great optics bloomie. I’m sure that you’re pining behind closed doors for those chubby NYCers to lose a few pounds and that this Sandy-imposed diet plan will be a good thing, no?

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

This happens when one relies on the government to rescue them

tommy-t on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Julia would be toast…

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

typical progessive mayor, as long as the downtown area has power its all good. who cares about those outlying areas,
chasdal on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Don’t forget the gov – the 2016 Messiah.

MeatHeadinCA on November 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Perhaps President Fail could loan someone his nice bomber Air Force One jacket to stay warm.

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Generators, bottled water, thermal blankets… Man, having these things would really help after a natural disaster hits… Wha?

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Be careful, blue. Desperate people are dangerous people.

AZCoyote on November 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

When Romney wins on Tuesday, what happens in the streets on Wednesday?

petefrt on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Everyone gets to be warm for a few days.

OldEnglish on November 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Meanwhile, electrical crews from Alabama were told to leave in N. J. because they were non-union! SHEEEESH!!!

honsy on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Makes perfect sense to me, after all what does Alabama Power know about repairing storm damage???? Dang those scabs.

kringeesmom on November 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Everyone gets to be warm for a few days.

OldEnglish on November 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

+100

petefrt on November 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

this is how a liberal shows that he cares……

Downtown is smashed and the tunnels are flooded, Mr. Mayor!

Great, Chauncey! Make sure that the chef has my favorite crepes in the tent for the race this weekend…

umm, yes sir…

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Blue State

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

More to the point, Staten Island is the Red section of a Blue city and state — other than the north shore (across from the Jersey refineries) its precincts always vote Republican.

The Dinkins administration was such a nightmare for the borough, it was planning to secede from the city if Giuliani hadn’t won in 1993. And (hard as it is to believe) odds are whoever comes after Mayor Mike will be even worse, so those secession talks may pop up again.

jon1979 on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

obama back in Nevada to seek votes –

http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-back-nevada-to-seek-votes

Back on campaign trail, President barack obama in Colorado –

http://www.9news.com/news/article/297246/339/Obama-campaigns-in-Colorado

obama Kicks Off Closing-Argument Tour in Wisconsin –

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/11/obama-kicks-off-closing-argument-tour-in-wisconsin/

Pork-Chop on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Those sidebar videos over there —->>>> drive me crazy when I’m trying to hear a vid on Hot Air.

The drop down ads are also annoying. Can somebody do something about it? It’s almost painful to come to HA anymore.

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

With Firefox use AdBlock+, and then the Object Helper to ID pieces you don’t want to see.

Also NoScript to stop really annoying scripts and the bloated ones that gum up webpages (I’m talking to YOU, FB).

Privoxy with MSIE also works, has more overhead but prevents anything you don’t want from ever getting close to your browser.

Opera has many Firefox equivalent add-ons, as well.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I hate to go there, and correct me if I’m wrong…
but aren’t the residents of Staten Island more conservative than the rest of NYC?

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

kringeesmom on November 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

that comment you had on the OOTD was awesome. the “were from the government and we’re ready.gov to help

/perfect

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

The drop down ads are also annoying. Can somebody do something about it?

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yes, you can! Firefox.

OldEnglish on November 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Got advice from many here to download and use Firefox. I finally did. It works like a champ!!

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Julia would be toast…

Electrongod on November 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM

wait, did you say “toast”….there’s folks dumpster diving up there and sharing garbage.

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Whine time: Why do ABC video threads always give me “script errors”? Why does ABC hate me. I’ll have to click the little error box 14 times to post this… Here I go.

Fallon on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

If these dill holes listened to Glenn Beck they would be able to get through this mess.

tommy-t on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’m not a political expert, but couldn’t the Governor of the state overrule a city mayor and call things off and move the generators where they are needed?

vcferlita on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

We’re going to freeze!

Bomber jacket for me, not for thee…Blightbringer..

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Panem et circenses.

fusionaddict on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I don’t think Bloomberg the bazillionair, will have enough money to buy another election.

tj4osu on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Just don’t call them refugees.

Ben Hur on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

A media tent? Come on, are you telling me they can’t find accommodations for the marathon media in a brick and mortar building that already has electricity? I will admit to being ignorant of the area but does Madison Square Gardens have electricity? There has to be a better answer than this.

Cindy Munford on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

This is why Bloomberg’s endorsement of Obama should be a boon for Romney. This guy wouldn’t know leadership if it punched him in his oh so punchable face.

Red Cloud on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Yes, but are they obese from too many Big Gulps?

ButterflyDragon on November 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

You know, I’m having a terrible time right now forgetting that these are the people who so despise the rest of America, they turn away the “red necks” who want to help and the food collected by Romney. These are the people who stole our money and handed it out to fly-by-night organizations like Solyndra and turned off US oil and told the rest of us we’re too stupid to live (and apparently if you’re white you going straight to Hell regardless).

They mock and call names and ridicule and literally refuse offers of help. They don’t care when Joplin MO is destroyed. No one paid attention when folks in my neck of the woods were without electricity for 10 days this year and for a couple of weeks during the ice storm in the early 90′s (and we got NO help from anyone but our neighbors–and I mean or immediate neighbors).

These are the people who don’t give a rat’s patootee about the out of work coal miners or shutting down coal plants which mean the average, despised, low-life clingers won’t be able to afford electricity in just a couple of years.

And Governor Christie? That photo-op and selling out the rest of us for some crumbs from the elitist media while turning away and mocking our efforts to help? We won’t forget.

Never, ever, ever, will I again contribute to the Obama-supporting Red Cross. Never.

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

NY Post calling it an “abuse of power”. Where is the Nanny State when it’s actually needed? I’m waiting for a blue on blue blame game war between Cuomo and Bloomberg.

Buy Danish on November 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

If Bush was prez right now, the MSM would be all over his case for the Staten Island neglect issue.

jediwebdude on November 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Shouldn’t the focus of the city’s resources be on, oh, saving the lives of its people in the aftermath of a disaster like this? Staten Island residents probably aren’t too keen on taking a back seat to a sporting event while they sit in the dark and the cold.

But they’ll still vote for the rat-eared wonder so screw them!

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

“Marathon” Mike Bloomberg belongs on the wall of shame along with Mayor “Schoolbus” Nagin.Sad, truly sad.

jeffinsjvca on November 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

On the upside, though: All phone calls for help will be returned within 15 minutes…by pResidential decree.

So there is that.

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

“I want you to cut through red tape”. But the purple tape is totally off limits.

antipc on November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

“Marathon” Mike Bloomberg belongs on the wall of shame along with Mayor “Schoolbus” Nagin.Sad, truly sad.

jeffinsjvca on November 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Good idea. +1

22044 on November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

If Bush was prez right now, the MSM would be all over his case for the Staten Island neglect issue.

jediwebdude on November 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

If Bush was President right now, he’d been in impeachment hearings because of Fast & Furious and Benghazi.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

You know, I’m having a terrible time right now forgetting that these are the people who so despise the rest of America, they turn away the “red necks” who want to help and the food collected by Romney. These are the people who stole our money and handed it out to fly-by-night organizations like Solyndra and turned off US oil and told the rest of us we’re too stupid to live (and apparently if you’re white you going straight to Hell regardless).
They mock and call names and ridicule and literally refuse offers of help. They don’t care when Joplin MO is destroyed. No one paid attention when folks in my neck of the woods were without electricity for 10 days this year and for a couple of weeks during the ice storm in the early 90′s (and we got NO help from anyone but our neighbors–and I mean or immediate neighbors).
These are the people who don’t give a rat’s patootee about the out of work coal miners or shutting down coal plants which mean the average, despised, low-life clingers won’t be able to afford electricity in just a couple of years.
And Governor Christie? That photo-op and selling out the rest of us for some crumbs from the elitist media while turning away and mocking our efforts to help? We won’t forget.
Never, ever, ever, will I again contribute to the Obama-supporting Red Cross. Never.
Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The only thing to add is: get out and vote, patriots! ;)

MeatHeadinCA on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

There are plenty of other charities to go through for disaster relief beyond the Am. Red Cross.

The idea is that you do good to be an example to others.

Those in need will see good deeds sent their way from their fellow citizens without the intervention of any government.

They may not learn, yes, but they just might remember it. It is those who have abandoned their responsibilities to their fellow man that need the most reminding of what charity actually IS, and that it doesn’t come from government.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Shouldn’t the focus of the city’s resources be on, oh, saving the lives of its people in the aftermath of a disaster like this?

What, did the libs suddenly start valuing human life, or something?

Mr. Prodigy on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

A Carnival of Fools and Madmen…

Thank God I live in a Red State, amongst sane people.

CPT. Charles on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I think it is time to divide the 50 states into three separate countries. The liberal northeastern states can can become their own liberally focused nation, the “flyover states” + “redneck states of the south” can become a nation, and then, of course, the regulation-addicted state of California can become it’s own nation, maybe partnering with Oregon and Wash.

In a time of crisis, the middle nation will survive, the northeastern nation will suffer, and the west coast nation will come up with more regulations.

jediwebdude on November 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Bronco Bamma is wearing his bomber jacket, everything will be fine.

Also, MSDNC told us that the Red Cross needs cash and that actual tangible aid doesn’t work properly.

mudskipper on November 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The Romney campaign should buy 10000 generators and 100k gallons of gasoline, and truck it up to Staten Island. Show America what private action is capable of.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Breaking: NYC Marathon tourists try to kick elderly refugees out on the street.

Ghastly.

Terp Mole on November 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Gee, too bad the pres and the press is out campaigning.

This is Obama’s Katrina.

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

…had to add something on there for you!

KOOLAID2 on November 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Ed:

Half of the storm’s deaths occurred there

Half of the deaths in New York occurred there. Not half of the storm’s total death toll.

Abby Adams on November 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Too bad electric crews from Alabama were sent home at the Jersey line, don’t you think?

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Bronco Bamma is wearing his bomber jacket, everything will be fine.

mudskipper on November 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Notice how shiny and unused that jacket was?

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Glenn Beck is railing about Staten Island and the NY marathon.. He told Nanny Bloomie to take his marathon and Big Gulp ban and shove them up his a$$. Then he apologized to the Lord. lol

Philly on November 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

This is a win for obama!

-gumby

wargamer6 on November 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Am I correct that Staten Island is Republican territory?

burt on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

What, did the libs suddenly start valuing human life, or something?

Mr. Prodigy on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Human life, no. Likely Democrat voters, absolutely.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Born and raised on Staten Island before the Verrazano Bridge…

It has always been the forgotten borough… it is also historically the most Republican/conservative Democratic of the boroughs which hasn’t helped in getting services and support.

Adding insult to injury is that the New York Marathon starts on SI – they have evidently privately brought in generators for the celebrations and race personnel when the state and city should have rented them for those without power – there should be no generators available for the marathon if government had done it’s job.

Prayers to all those suffering so horrendously.

unaffiliated on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Where are Shep and Geraldo? A few tears and a few over the top claims by these guys will make all the difference.

Fuquay Steve on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

burt on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Yup.

wargamer6 on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The Romney campaign should buy 10000 generators and 100k gallons of gasoline, and truck it up to Staten Island. Show America what private action is capable of.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He better make sure those are union drivers delivering that stuff or else they’ll be turned away.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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