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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Heckuva job, Bloomie.

JimLennon on November 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

My sympathy for New York ran out years ago.

CrustyB on November 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

How do you spell O-B-O-M-A-C-A-R-E

R-A-T-I-O-N-I-N-G?

Judge Roberts?

Stepan on November 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I want to see the Staten Island exit polls on Tuesday

SomeCallMeJohn on November 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Good idea jg123

Lsm would probably bash him natch

He can afford to send them yada yada yada

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Am I correct that Staten Island is Republican territory?

burt on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Yep. To the Manhattan elites, the borough is the city’s Redneck/Flyover Country.

jon1979 on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

BLOCK THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE!

katy the mean old lady on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Oh I have eyes in the back of me head

Might as well call my six my other twelve

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

My sympathy for New York ran out years ago.

CrustyB on November 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

No one deserves this, no matter what you feel about the city. I went through the hell of Ike and its aftermath 4 years ago and that seems like a walk in the park compared to this.

Doughboy on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Am I correct that Staten Island is Republican territory?
burt on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

That and certain areas of queens

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The trolls finally stop celebrating this storm?

forest on November 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Behold the Death Panel!

At least we can all agree that at some point you actually DO have to put a value on a human life. Cold. Hard. Truth.

None of this is to say that I agree with the decisions in NYC. Just observing the irony of human nature.

connertown on November 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

It’s Bush’s fault! Obama will get a +13 point jump in the poll numbers in Gumby’s dream world.

I told him on Monday that Bush looked good for the first 3 days (and he had a Democrat governor that refused to allow him to send ib FEMA in and he was also dealing with America’s Least Favourite Mayor, “Chocolate City” Noggin-naggin).

People can survive without electricity, hot food, water, roughing-it conditions, bugs, etc., for 3 days. After that, nerves become frayed and people begin to do things that they NEVER would have done (including dumpster dining). It’ll will only get worst.

A couple of years ago, the winter was so brutal in the UK, our pensioners had to burn their libraries to stay warm. The next year, the winter was the coldest in 400 years. The Pensioners, no longer having many books, were forced to ride public transportation 24/7 to avoid freezing.

Resist We Much on November 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This is particularly heinous considering what my cousin (who works in disaster relief) posted on Facebook…

http://www.waff.com/story/19981857/some-nonunion-ala-crews-turned-away-from-sandy-recovery

With unions like these, who needs enemies?

dominigan on November 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Mayor Bloomberg is telling the good people of the USA that the show must go on….and that NYC does not need any assistance from federal dollars…donations…..etc..They must run a marathon …..After all resources both taxpayer funded government employees and local volunteers will be used to prepare the course….and then to operate the actual marathon, instead of working on the damaged areas……It seems we can see the Mayor’s priorities in using tax payer resources and volunteers….Oh for the NBA and the NFL other forms of entertainment….take the week off from games concerts shows…Yes life goes on and must go on….but the resources the city, county and state must divert for those games, concerts, shows etc…..those can be used better for helping in the recovery….

DVPTexFla on November 2, 2012 at 10:02 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

Just now saw your posts. Thanks for highlighting it before I got here! Ed and AP should be all over this…

dominigan on November 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

NYC votes Democratic, they have voted Democratic for years. We were life long NY residents, finally had enough of taxes, crappy politicians (Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter, Spitzer, Weiner) all Dems all liars. More interested in making themselves powerful, instead of serving the people. We have donated, but not to the Red Cross, too corrupt for us, so we go through some faith basef orgs. Sad to see the people struggling whie Bloomberg runs his silly azz Moronathon. Yet another blowhard NY politician.

stormridercx4 on November 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

don’t you dare blame obama for this…no no no
-lsm

cmsinaz on November 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Am I correct that Staten Island is Republican territory?

burt on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Yep. To the Manhattan elites, the borough is the city’s Redneck/Flyover Country.

jon1979 on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Interesting point.

Media redaction? “Where’s my latte dammit?!?”

KMC1 on November 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Ugh stupid auto spell…. Not redaction….REACTION!! Grrrrrrr

KMC1 on November 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

If it is, indeed, charity that builds society and strengthens it, then we give to our fellow citizens to strengthen our society and show how good values lead to helping those struck down by tragedy.

No matter disagreements on politics, it is our hearts given over to helping our fellow man that can uplift them. Perhaps they will learn the error of their ways, perhaps not… abandoning them will assuredly set them in evil ways.

There are many good charities to give to so as to deliver help and aid. Teaching that we are here to help our fellow citizens pick up the pieces is a vital part of what all conservatives should be about, one would think. Yes many act in ways foolish and childish, yet chastisement doesn’t seem to work. Perhaps it is forgetting that charity opens the hearts of our fellow man that needs to be taught to conservatives, now.

Sad, that, if true.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 10:08 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

I’d make sure they weren’t just to show how stupid people can be.

itsspideyman on November 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Bring out yer dead! Let the marathoners hurdle over them. I mean, marathon was originally inspired during wartime….

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The next time I hear some liberal wax poetic about how “in touch with the common” man they are,… how caring and compassionate…

and how uncaring, how heartless we conservatives are..

I won’t laugh at them anymore..

There is no humor left, when people are left to die alone and with a cold hearted bast*d turning his back.. both in the White House as jihadi’s mortar our embassy annex.. and in the outlying Staten Island, as the old and the very young are left without shelter in the freezing cold, and the wet rainy day.. all so a pompous Napoleonic Mayor can have his grand ego stroked..

Both events are entirely descriptive of the kind of thinking Obama has championed..

the people don’t matter to a progressive.. not even a little..

Mitt has been raising money.. gathering food, as his sons help.. and Obama has been sending pictures of himself looking thoughtful to the media.. if you really cannot see the difference between a can do leader.. and a lead from behind petty machine politics thug..

then there is no brain in your head to reach.

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

It is unreal to me that these people will not blame Obama for this and will still pull the lever for him because……they are liberals first….unreal.

ohiobabe on November 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Might as well call my six my other twelve

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

lol, with catchy verse like that, we could have made you a good LT.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Consulate: “We need help now! We’re going to die!”
Obama: “I’ve going to Vegas tomorrow, I need sleep.”

Staten Island: “We need help now! We’re going to die!”
Bloomberg: “I have a marathon to run.”

Put Entertainment Above Lives: Vote Democrat!

Pattosensei on November 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Way to go Bloomie. First you abandon those living on Staten Island who are in serious need over a much more important jogging event, then you endorse OCommie and make that jucy splat over Climate change. Crawl back to the priority-challenged Dems you belong with.

stuartm80127 on November 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I said I’m having a hard time remembering, but I DO remember. Our church is busy identifying where we can help. And my money will go to the Christian Salvation Army—who the liberals also hate.

Jesus never said it would be EASY to love those who despise you. He just said to do it. I’m trying (but I’m also voting).

And this marathon thing? Rome started feeding Christians to the lions when Rome was starving. That was like the war on women: a distraction.

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

And the leftist aholes laughed and chastised Mitt for organizing food donations for zhurricane victims…… Instead just send dollars the dollars, they taste better…what a bunch of MORON commies……..

And don’t even bother trying to go to the tri state area to help clean up efforts….. The good people want to be helped ONLY by UNION labor….. This disaster is highlighting just how wrong liberal socialist mentality is in this country.

Ahole socialists.

FlaMurph on November 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

lol, with catchy verse like that, we could have made you a good LT.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

lolol that one was pretty good wasnt it :P

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Bring out yer dead!

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Ah, the joys of living in a mini-soviet socialist republic! Note the clever allocation of resources — almost as good as that in the old Soviet Union and its socialist satellites. At least Bloomberg can console himself that the horror or people drinking 24-ounce cups of Coca Cola has been averted, and that the long dreamed-of disappearance of gasoline from the scene has come to pass.

Thank God I live in Florida! I live in a place that was hit head-on by two major hurricanes in 2004; We were under martial law for the first few days of Frances; we had the Red Cross and the Salvation Army and the National Guard driving through neighborhoods distributing water, and MRE’s, gas station owners who raised their prices were arrested for gouging, and adventurers who tried to enter the area to sight-see and/or loot were summarily arrested.

Scriptor on November 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Yes, Staten Island is very Republican and I consider S.I. as home base, between living overseas as ex-pats. Parts are beautiful.

I used to attend the middle school that is being used as a morgue.
I couldn’t reach any one I know there by phone.

My mom shipped me off to live with my dad in Tehran for two years so I’d be “safe” and not end up marrying a “guinea” that spoke like Vinnie Barbarino. (Yes, mom, I’m safer with all those Muslims than the Italians!)

Sure hope Mitt’s buses arrive bringing supplies for the “good optics”.

The mafia is a real thing there and between the unions and non-union, the people will suffer the worst because they’re Republican.

Typicalwhitewoman on November 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

My suggestion to the marathoners who do come to NYC….

Bring food, and water.. and a couple of generaters with as much gas as you can get..

and when you get there.. tell the media.. tell the world.. The PEOPLE come first, and Bloomburg can go to Hell… Then volunteer to do anything to help,.. gathering survivors, building shelters, doing what repairs can be made to make some of the damaged homes livable again.. anything that will help.

Show the pompous Mayor how to lead…

He clearly thinks his own petty wants trump human needs and dignity..

Show him that Americans are better than that.

and refuse to run..

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Martha Maccallum from Fox on Twitter this morning:

#StatenIsland is starting pt for the NY Marathon. Running by the freezing, hungry people waiting for rescue? Really?

God bless her.

This is despicable.

tree hugging sister on November 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Diane Sawyer is probably the most unwatchable of the legacy media hacks. Her fake sense of caring is the most troubling aspect. And why is she always leaning forward (!) like there is a mic on the table. Simply put, she is awful.

mapper on November 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Totally agree. How could someone actually participate in this at this time? Seriously, do these athletes have no conscience? I guess it isn’t as bad as those who are going to spectate.

Pattosensei on November 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

#StatenIsland is starting pt for the NY Marathon. Running by the freezing, hungry people waiting for rescue? Really?

Nothing says “help for those in need” like running a PR in the NYC Marathon…..

/libvalues

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Another tragic example of Obamuh’s Amerika. He gets his photo ops and then he’s off to campaign and he couldn’t care less. Bloomy gets the term limits changed and gets his third term but he can’t run for re-election so what does he care? He’s rich and thinks he’s running for president in 2016 and good luck with that. His problem at the moment is he hasn’t slept in a week so he’s delusional and zombielike and has definitely jumped the shark or else where did that ridiculous endorsement of Obamuh come from?

stukinIL4now on November 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I actually read the article associated with this. the generators are privately owned and rented by the Road Runners club which had rented them to run in central park long before the hurricane. they paid a 38,000 dollar fee to the fire dept for permit to run them.

the government has no legal access to them unless they pass a special law.

the headline with this is misleading.

but i agree bloomberg should cancel the run

gerrym51 on November 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Typicalwhitewoman on November 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

whod you end up marrying lol

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Mitt knows that Obama does not care for the storm victims only his reelection, but he cannot say this. The media will jump on him for politicizing.

Get the win, Mitt. There is no one your administration would have overlooked a community with over 400,000 people.

mwbri on November 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

No one=no way

mwbri on November 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Indeed loving those you disagree with is a hard thing.

I do disagree with the policies and people elected in NYC and NY State in general, which is why I left it. Yet how better to show them that their government is incapable of doing the right thing than by doing the right thing, yourself?

More than willing to decry the asinine attitudes of people who create such government.

And then stand ready to help them up when such government fails and gently point out that it did fail and that, perhaps, such a path is misguided. I could not forgive myself if I didn’t do that, and miserable I would be.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I wonder if NYC will reelect Bloomie the next time? They voted for Nanny, he thinks a marathon is more important than the people that voted for him. Will they correct their mistake and vote him out or reelect him and sign up for more Nanny State. I thank the Lord every day that I live in fly over country.

TulsAmerican on November 2, 2012 at 10:27 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

Not everyone in NYC votes for the Democrats. And there are many of us here who despise Bloomberg. His decision to go ahead with the marathon is an utter disgrace.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on November 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

At least the residents of Staten Island will be able to watch the marathon.

xdwall on November 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hmmmm Bloomberg’s folly, or Obama’s?

The LSM really screamed about Bush during and after Katrina, but are they howling at Obama and Bloomberg?

dogsoldier on November 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I actually read the article associated with this. the generators are privately owned and rented by the Road Runners club which had rented them to run in central park long before the hurricane. they paid a 38,000 dollar fee to the fire dept for permit to run them.

the government has no legal access to them unless they pass a special law.

the headline with this is misleading.

but i agree bloomberg should cancel the run

gerrym51 on November 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Then contact that organization, explain the humanitarian crisis is out of control.. and pledge to reimburse them for the cost, but get those generators….. and if necessary, tell them you’ll sadly explain to the media in detail.. how you can’t help those people suffering, because of the inhuman cruelty of that group.. even when you promised to pay them for the use of those generators..

He’d get them..

and not by breaking any laws..

The trivia aside.. people in a crisis come first.. you can always pay restitution later.. make amends..

you can’t bring life back to a grandmother who dies from exposure..

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

How does one carb-load for a marathon absent food?

weaselyone on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

So the marathon might be a “Zombie Walk” by Sunday? I wonder how many residents will show up at the marathon aid stations for a cup of Gatorade and an energy bar.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Bloomberg is a monster.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Question, do you think this idiotic decision will cause some voter backlash in overall NYC that perhaps would affect any of the down ticket races?

Glenn Beck is saying the Red Cross has only raised 11 million dollars so far. Wow, that isn’t much. Perhaps flyover country is sick of these elite 1%ers turning their snotty noses in the air when they even think about flyover country? I really don’t feel like donating one thin dime to this disaster relief.

Seems to me, these people were too stupid to prep before the storm. Starving after just 4 days? What, don’t these people keep food in their kitchens? Flyover country gets tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards, hurricanes, and floods. We manage, we cope, we help each other, we prepare in advance.

Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on November 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

You voted in liberal paradise NY, live or die with it. The rest of the country sees your pain and is laughing.

Mr. Arrogant on November 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

How does one carb-load for a marathon absent food?

weaselyone on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Haven’t you heard of this thing called ‘Hunger Games’?

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

We manage, we cope, we help each other, we prepare in advance.

Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on November 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

We do not wait around for the government to help us.

weaselyone on November 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

How’s 0′s campaigning going during all this?

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

i think you took my post as agreeing with bloomberg/city.

could not be farther from the truth. they should cancel the marathon and commandeer the generators.

but the headline was misleading.

gerrym51 on November 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Bloomberg is a monster.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Lunch at The Busy Bee, on me.

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’m impressed that conservatives finally found the heart to care about the well-being of homeless people. And all it took was an election to do it!

Typhonsentra on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Bloomberg is a monster typical liberal.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

antipc on November 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I’m impressed that conservatives finally found the heart to care about the well-being of homeless people. And all it took was an election to do it!

Typhonsentra on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I am not impressed that liberals still don’t care.

weaselyone on November 2, 2012 at 10:37 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?

Nah. Remember, the dems are the party of death; the unborn and the old. Convicted people on deathrow for 20 years and after many appeals that they have lost, are the ones to be saved.

Mirimichi on November 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

honsy on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Heard some good news about that on Fox & FRiends this morning. People where emailing and twittering that they had seen the Alabama folks working in N.J., I bet the local folks told the union to get bent.

Cindy Munford on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

His Highness, the Mayor, has spoken. All HAIL Bloomberg!

You voted for him New York. Live with it!

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

they paid a 38,000 dollar fee to the fire dept for permit to run them.

What? Bloomberg and NYC have no money and the club that rented them has no charity?

from my blog this morning:

There’s two arguments here. One side is that Obama promised there would be no red tape in getting disaster relief to these areas, yet assets are not being correctly utilized. The other side is that in most cases these people who are suffering from the affects of Sandy were told to evacuate and choose to stay behind. Government is not their parent and not responsible to care for them. But then, those were the exact same arguments for Katrina that hit New Orleans. The press choose to loudly blame Bush; it’s not stopped even today.

Obama: meet your Katrina. Bloomberg: you are an idiot!

katablog.com on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Perhaps the disaster will get our friends on the right to see that what’s wrong with Bloomberg isn’t “big government” its a rampant disregard for human life: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/bloombergs_back-to-work_imperative_after_sandy_reflects_our_broader_disaster.html

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

New Yorkers have exactly the leadership they deserve.

ronsfi on November 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Bloomberg is a monster.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

He’s prevented you from drinking too much soda AND he’s trying to stop the Big Carbons from burning up the globe, show some damn gratitude!

mudskipper on November 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Bloomberg is a monster.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What was Nagin?

RUSSERT: But, Mr. Mayor, if you read the city of New Orleans’ comprehensive emergency plan– and I’ve read it and I’ll show it to you and our viewers–it says very clearly, “Conduct of an actual evacuation will be the responsibility of the mayor of New Orleans. The city of New Orleans will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas. Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves or who require specific life-saving assistance. Additional personnel will be recruited to assist in evacuation procedure as needed. Approximately 100,000 citizens of New Orleans do not have means of personal transportation.”
It was your responsibility. Where was the planning? Where was the preparation? Where was the execution?

MAYOR NAGIN: The planning was always in getting people to higher ground, getting them to safety. That’s what we meant by evacuation. Get them out of their homes, which – most people are under sea level. Get them to a higher ground and then depending upon our state and federal officials to move them out of harm’s way after the storm has hit.

RUSSERT: But in July of this year, one month before the hurricane, you cut a public service announcement which said, in effect, “You are on your own.” And you have said repeatedly that you never thought an evacuation plan would work. Which is true: whether you would exercise your obligation and duty as mayor or that – and evacuate people, or you believe people were on their own?

You libs love to do the double-standard boogie. What … was … Nagin? Was he a monster?

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Seems to me, these people were too stupid to prep before the storm. Starving after just 4 days? What, don’t these people keep food in their kitchens? Flyover country gets tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards, hurricanes, and floods. We manage, we cope, we help each other, we prepare in advance.

Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on November 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Except… this is Staten Island.. not Manhatten.. there are fixed income elderly, working class.. and they don’t always have the ready cash to just go out and buy a few weeks worth of canned goods.. bottled water..

and how many have no home to return to?

Washed out to sea or a mile down the street, their carefully laid plans in ruin, because Nature plays big stakes poker..

Don’t tell me, that people aren’t going to starve, when their resources are swept away,.. access to the mainland cut off,.. and the NYC mayor deciding they aren’t worth his efforts to help, because they’re republican voters and he’s got a pompous event to arrange..

I’ve been poor working class my entire life, now disabled on a SSD pension, and yes, we weathered storms and we went through a week without power in July,.. but we weren’t cut off from aid, or unable to get water or gas.. and a tornado touched down at the end of my street..

People are hurting, and regardless of your condescending smirk about being prepared..

WE DON”T ALL HAVE THOSE RESOURCES…

Fixed income who live month to month, can’t buy supplies on the 18th of the month… and even in Ohio, were we have Tornadoes like New Orleans has rain.. there are millions who still don’t own a generator.. or have a basement full of canned goods..

Wagging your finger and saying,.. We told ya so”.. is piss poor comfort to a family with hungry children.. or an elderly grandparent who’s home was crushed.. no heat.. no shelter.. no access to family out of the area..

You help people FIRST..

you can scold them all later..

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m impressed that conservatives finally found the heart to care about the well-being of homeless people. And all it took was an election to do it!

Typhonsentra on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I do give to charities to help the homeless and food banks for same.

If I do not want government to impede charity I must support charity, and I do. Done locally it makes sure that the most is made of time, effort, goods and funds and that little is wasted on overhead or bureaucracy. Government is all about overhead and bureaucracy. I do what I can to make sure that the homeless, the poor and the disaster stricken are not stricken by bureaucrats and authority, but find kindness and charity.

That is year ’round, every season, every year and every day that I must think on that. It matters not if there is an election or parade or any other thing. I always push for individuals to give to charities of their choice to build a stronger and better society. I do not castigate those who do not as they must live with their own choices. Instead I pity those who wish to leave our fellow man to the tender mercies of bureaucrats who wish to absolve themselves of their responsibilities to their fellow man in that doing.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

they paid a 38,000 dollar fee to the fire dept for permit to run them.

i just posted what the article said and it is a fact.

I personally think bloomberg should cancel the marathon and commandeer the generators.

gerry-mittbot-i’m just the messenger

gerrym51 on November 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Typicalwhitewoman on November 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM
whod you end up marrying lol

blatantblue

Too funny. I ended up marrying a “white man”…a pilot, with Occidentental (who flew Armand Hammer) and moved to Tripoli, Libya at 19 y.o. (1969).

We used to go over to Benghazi to see the Roman ruins and the beautiful beaches.

My mom was anglo-Indian from Bombay and somewhat a bigot…ok, a full on bigot.

Only a WASP from America would do for her daughter…the epitomy of success to have an easier life. (She was right…and don’t bring home an Indian either!)

Indian mothers are as controlling as Asian mothers.
Their life experience makes them this way.

Typicalwhitewoman on November 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

karenhasfreedom on November 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Are you also remembering all the vicious Sarah Palin jokes coming out of NY and via the elitist comedians? Maybe she could shoot a couple of moose and send them along. She could tag them “union moose” just so they’d get past the Democrat guard.

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Perhaps the disaster will get our friends on the right to see that what’s wrong with Bloomberg isn’t “big government” its a rampant disregard for human life: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/bloombergs_back-to-work_imperative_after_sandy_reflects_our_broader_disaster.html

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

No, the problem is your liberal double standards and wish-casting on unicorns farting Skittles.

Obama didn’t do well in debates because you wanted him to. He failed. And he’s not doing a good job handling this because you want him to. people are already suffering because he’s went for a freaking photo-op with the NJ Governor, then quit. Then jetted off to Las Vegas to campaign, again.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

he’s went … geez

He went …

Buck Ofama. Really.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

there are fixed income elderly, working class.. and they don’t always have the ready cash to just go out and buy a few weeks worth of canned goods.. bottled water..

Death panels in action – After all, these are older, white GOP voters who no longer contribute to the collective good. Time for them to die, so we give all those resources to younger democrat drones.

JFS61 on November 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Thank ya for that post. She’s been going on like that for a couple days

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

You libs love to do the double-standard boogie. What … was … Nagin? Was he a monster?

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Their selective outrage is staggering..

They made Katrina an exercise in Bush scapegoating while dozens of democrats who stole the resources to maintain the levies, or failed to evacuate their own people.. or who acted in ways otherwise criminal that led to many unnecessary deaths and suffering..

were completely let off the hook.. no mention at all..

Would Libby say that…. if there was a D after Bloomburg’s name?

I highly doubt it.

The usual dem response, is to find a republican they can pin the blame on.. regardless of actual guilt.

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

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:

He won’t take that attitude about the election next week though will he? :P

HondaV65 on November 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I can’t disagree. Yes, even if one didn’t evacuate when told, they deserve assistance before local resources are used to put on a marathon. Bloomberg should be held criminally responsible for this BAD decision. This is as bad or worse than Nagin leaving resources (buses, etc) in the wake of the water. And note that like Katrina, looting is already a BIG problem – those interested in themselves over their fellowman.

katablog.com on November 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

My father was “white” from Boston…he worked for Pan Am and loaned out to Iran Air, who met with the Shah 2 times at banquets.

Things were much better before Jimmy Carter ruined everything over there!

Typicalwhitewoman on November 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

You help people FIRST..

you can scold them all later..

mark81150 on November 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Doesn’t work. Once they get the aid, they go deaf.

OldEnglish on November 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Better luck to them than Benghazi when they said the same thing.

Dan_Yul on November 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Unfortunately there’s no Republicans with the balls to take advantage of this in NY.
This should topple governments. But the average person in NYC will never hear of this.
NY allegedly spent billions post 9/11 for disaster preparedness, and THIS is what we have to show for it? There needs to be a serious investigation, and heads have to roll for this.

Iblis on November 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Luckily Bloomberg concentrated on the really important issues over the past few years… Big Gulps, etc., etc.… so New Yorkers will not have to worry about carrying any extra weight on them during this stressful time.

Who needs extra weight when you’re starving?

profitsbeard on November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

New Yorkers want the marathon cancelled or postponed.

Urban Infidel on November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Bloomberg is a monster.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

So is Obama. You just haven’t figured that out yet.

Night Owl on November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I’m impressed that conservatives finally found the heart to care about the well-being of homeless people. And all it took was an election to do it!

Typhonsentra on November 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Conservatives prefer not to take other people’s money and process it through the lumbering, corrupt halls of government to take care of the homeless. Instead, conservatives take their own money and give it directly to charities that directly deal with the homeless on a face to face basis, like the Salvation Army and Union Gospel Missions.

I’d like to add World Vision to the list of charities to give to. Their warehouse in the Bronx was flooded but not all the supplies were affected. They should be receiving more supplies from their warehouses in Texas today. You can go here to donate: http://www.worldvision.org/

theotherone on November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Bloomberg is a monster typical liberal.

libfreeordie on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Indeed . . . and liberalism is a religion based on blind, stupid faith in political mortals. Those that follow it are likened to the “Eloi” in H. G. Wells, The Time Machine.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Then contact that organization, explain the humanitarian crisis is out of control.. and pledge to reimburse them for the cost, but get those generators….. and if necessary, tell them you’ll sadly explain to the media in detail.. how you can’t help those people suffering, because of the inhuman cruelty of that group.. even when you promised to pay them for the use of those generators..

They already asked them, and they said no, that the Marathon must go on as a symbolic show of how the city is healing and rebuilding itself via athletic competition, blah, blah, blah. . .

Doesn’t surprise me – Runners as a whole tend to be some of the most self-absorbed people to be found on the planet (god forbid you screw with their intervals with something petty like people starving to death in the streets).

JFS61 on November 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Luckily Bloomberg concentrated on the really important issues over the past few years… Big Gulps, etc., etc.… so New Yorkers will not have to worry about carrying any extra weight on them during this stressful time.

profitsbeard on November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

That’s good. They’d can’t afford the bag tax.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Ah screw all this! Who’s up for some New York marathon?

/super sarc

esnap on November 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The NYC Marathon had 46,536 finishers in 2011. BloomingIdiot should get them treadmills hooked to generators and let them run the 26 miles. They could power more than 400 homes, and Con Ed could award the winners their prizes.

Just MHO.

NoPain on November 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Doesn’t surprise me – Runners as a whole tend to be some of the most self-absorbed people to be found on the planet (god forbid you screw with their intervals with something petty like people starving to death in the streets).

JFS61 on November 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Glenn Beck said those runners should be running up the steps on all those high rise apartment buildings to check on the elderly.

Night Owl on November 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hey, I like marathons, but there is a time and place for everything and this is not the time for stupid symbolic acts. Send their healthy butts out to assist the struggling people of New York and forget that trivial marathon crap for while.

rplat on November 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

They already asked them, and they said no, that the Marathon must go on as a symbolic show of how the city is healing and rebuilding itself via athletic competition, blah, blah, blah. . .

JFS61 on November 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You know what would be a show of how the city is healing and re-building? Actual signs of healing and rebuilding not fat opportunists walking hand-in-hand on the beach with a rat-eared wonder. Those people in Long Island can’t pump out their basements until they get power back. Maybe that should be Bloomberg’s priority instead of endorsing a filthy communist for President.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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