Chuck Schumer to Staten Island Resident: 'I Know What You're Going Through, Sweetheart.'

Hurricane Sandy struck with a vengeance on Oct. 29, 2012, causing unprecedented destruction as 80 mph winds and record storm surges wreaked havoc across the East Coast, flooding tunnels, destroying homes and leaving more than 8 million without power. The superstorm is one of the costliest to ever hit the region, with property damages estimated around $20 billion. Here, an aerial shot shows the burnt remains of Breezy Point, a beachfront neighborhood in Queens completely destroyed by fires during the monster hurricane. See the full sized photo and more images from Sandy’s catastrophic wake …

 

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NY Daily News:  Staten Island has been the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued. Hundreds of homes — from multimillion-dollar mansions to modest bungalows — have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.
As such, federal and local officials heard an earful from residents Thursday.

“Please don’t leave us,” a weeping Donna Solli pleaded to Sen. Chuck Schumer in front of her damaged Neptune St. home. “I live alone down here.”

Schumer hugged Solli, a Transportation Department worker, and tried to comfort her. “I know what you’re going through, sweetheart,” he said.

 

 

‘No Red Tape’? New Jersey Turns Away Nonunion Relief Crews

How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. Alabama is a right-to-work state…

Also, Green Weenie of the Week: Mayor Bloomberg

UpdateMemo to New Yorkers: If those who helped you after the hurricane had listened to liberal schmucks like this guy, you’d be dead 

Update 2Bloomberg: Let’s Go Forward With The Marathon So People Without Homes, Power, Warmth, or Food Will Have Something To Cheer About

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