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Thursday, November 1, 2012

People In Rockaways, N.Y. Say They’re Desperate For Federal Help

A damaged flag stands among the remnants of the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach, in the Queens borough of New York, on Wednesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

While the federal response to Hurricane Sandy has been widely praised, some residents in the storm-ravaged Rockaways and other southern Queens neighborhoods say they’ve been forgotten.

The Rockaways is a thin peninsula jutting out below John F. Kennedy International Airport and Brooklyn. At the tip of the peninsula, 110 homes burned to the ground in Breezy Point, as storm winds swept the flames throughout the town. Throughout the peninsula, flood waters have inundated streets, power is out and people are hungry.

In Rockaway Beach, one man told NY1 cable news Wednesday night, “We’re doomed here.”

That man was part of a group of people standing in line for food being supplied by the local Sikh Cultural Center in Rockaway Beach.

Meanwhile, the Village Voice reports that a near riot broke out Wednesday night after nearly 300 people turned up to meet with FEMA officials, who failed to turn up.

But help could be on the way.

National Guard officials said they will deliver 1 million meals and bottled water to the areas hardest hit by Sandy on Thursday.

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  • Ron

    Congratulations; a remarkable piece of irresponsible journalism. It may bring lots of notice to NY1, but it falls far short of genuine reportage. The most glaring flaw is the complete gloss of the fact that the people who now are complaining were ordered to evacuate and chose not to. So now they’re demanding that the government, state or local, divert personnel and resources from responsible citizens who did evacuate to shelters, and serve, instead, those who stayed and now demand help. Evacuate. Go to the shelters. Take responsibility. Grow up. Typically, Meminger tried to imply a race or class issue; it attracts viewers, but it ignores the base issue of personal responsibility. The same people who rail against government interference are the first to demand personal attention and defense against the consequence of demanding the right to behave contrary to reason.

    • histhyme

      Totally  agree with Ron. If the people that are complaining are the ones that failed to listen to authorities to evacuate then unfortunatly shame on them. If there are still shelters or places of safety these folks can go to instead of their damaged home then go & seek those places of safety. it’s not FEMA’s fault. The storm was coming, you were warned,you stayed & the storm came & caused damage & you complain. This reporter should report the full reason for the complaints.

      • Guest

        Resident’s homes got damaged whether they evacuated or not. They then have to return to clean them up and guard against vandals. Transportation is down, traffic is terrible and gas is in shortage. They can’t drive back and forth daily to live somewhere else. They need assistance, unless you want to put them up in a hotel and not go to work to help dig them out. In the worst cases, when your house has burned down or there’s a slab of boardwalk inside your house YOU NEED HELP.

      • Petafire

        This is something that a friend sent me, and I think it tells the words that I feel about your post:
        “Dear Northeast,Wow, is your week about to suck. Potentially it will continue to suck for many months, but ultimately you’ll come out of it okay. People find a way. You will become very resourceful, you’ll bond with your friends and neighbors in ways you never expected, and you’ll have a lot of love and help from the rest of us from far away, too.

        All that said, I hope you’re ready for a fight. There might be some who tell you that whatever happens was punishment from God, that you’re an idiot for living where you live, that your home should be abandoned. There will be people who tell you that it’s your own damn fault. They’ll say that you should have known, that you deserved this misery, that the rest of us shouldn’t be responsible for taking care of you, that you are not worth saving so stop your whining already.

        Well, to hell with them. Be safe. And if you need to, call us when you get to the other side. You can stay with us as long as you need to, because when the shit flies, we are all responsible for each other. It’s the only way to survive.

        Love,

        NOLA (New Orleans, LA)”

      • Bollywod

        Okay and what about the people who did evacuate and have no home to go back to? We still need to clean up our basements and yards and figure out what to do with our rotting food. People are robbing homes and honestly if you had this much to worry about you’d be pretty ticked off too. Its not about wether or not people evacated but we need to start dealing with the aftermath you know. How am I suposed to clean with no power or water or money? I’m sorry I’m worrying about this crap instead of staying at a shelter chanting about how lucky I am to be alive

      • Sandy

         That’s not the point. I evacuated and so what. We sleep on the floor like sardines in my friends house. Also my house is destroyed. What was I supposed to do. Move my house from Rockaway to save it?

      • Dan890

        Evacuate or not, it is people’s homes! Many evacuated like myself and would like to back but there’s no power and no sign of clean up. What dies that have to do with whether one evacuated or not? No one wants to stay in a shelter! How about LIPA getting the power back up? And how about the Red Criss coming through and helping now? What does that have to do with evacuating? We are talking about the present situation not the before it duringSandy. On the news all you see is how much better people are doing in the other zone a places but nothing about the Rockaways. It’s time to start cleaning up and getting the power going! That has nothing to do with who evacuated and who did not! LIPA as of now, has no idea when power will be up. Who is that acceptable to? People need to be able to go back home!

        • Honna3030

          Wait for the power etc. to come back on THEN go back.  

      • Braceitit57

        We are forgetting it didn’t matter if they evacuated or not. The homes were still damaged!!!!!

      • Hedgepethbarry

        I live on the virginia coast , knew the storm was going to hit NY, but still filled both of my cars with gas. I also have bought a survival pack with 4 days of freeze dried food. I lived in Fla. when we were hit by 3 hurricanes in 1 year. also lived in Miami during Andrew. I make about 40K a year. I got lucky most times. Lost about 5 % of my shingles 1 tme. But had bought 10 bundles of shingles days before the storm.According to N.yorkers , they are the smartest people on Earth , while Im a hillbilly having sex with his sister.But I am smart enough to run to high ground when I KNOW DAMN WELL the water is coming. If nothing else is learned here, hpoefully New Yorkers will be less arogant. All that said, I,m  still a superstious fool who will pray for everyones safety. Best of luck

      • Jo Ann Murgolo

        Do you have any idea how many homeless people are in NYC? If we cant give them the proper shelter, what makes you think there is enough shelter for the whole Peninsula? Also on closing, mass transit was closed down, not everyone owns a car, or has access to one. Should have, could have, is over. What’s done is done, we still need to go home. My friend has 5 children, she went to a shelter, they have 3 cots to sleep on. She is so afraid for her children, she can not sleep. Have you ever spent a night in a shelter? Please do so and then report back to the public how nice it is…

      • Pond22

        So you’re saying that is these peple evacuated…there would have been no damage? And they wouldnt need help?? Because if they left, there homes, food, cars, clothing and furniture would have been all safe. Impressive. In most cases I’d laugh at such a ridiculous comment but I actually feel sorry for you.

    • Paintingsocoblue

      My family, much like others, did not evacuate because they had no where else safe to go. During Irene, they went to my grandmother’s house in Long Island, where trees and power lines were falling. They figured that they were safer on the tenth floor of our building, which is shown in the picture above. Going to my grandmother’s home would not have helped, as she also has no electricity, phone, or heat. Saying that people should have evacuate does not solve the issue of their homes and towns being destroyed. No one I know is demanding food, water, or personal relief. They just want an opportunity to rebuild our town. Telling someone to “Grow up” because they want our roads, phones, and electricity back is actually rather immature and insensitive. 

      • Mooncribs

        did they build Rockaway Beach in 4 days?  Get real, “rebuild” is going to take some time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.korzenik Andrew Korzenik

        The point Ron is making is they could have evacuated to the shelters. I’m sure no one is saying they deserve this disaster, no one does. But the government is overloaded with work to do and their first priority needs to be with the people who listened to them and followed their orders in the first place. I hope the citizens of Rockaway beach are ok  and I hope you get help as soon as possible but you need to understand that the government is not entirely to blame for you not receiving provisions.

    • Mastros82

      Your smug arrogance is too much to reckon with. If I weren’t still in shock from what we just evacuated from in Rockaway, I’d be better able to tell you things that you more than likely are unable to understand.

    • Petafire

      “Dear Northeast,

      Wow, is your week about to suck. Potentially it will continue to suck for many months, but ultimately you’ll come out of it okay. People find a way. You will become very resourceful, you’ll bond with your friends and neighbors in ways you never expected, and you’ll have a lot of love and help from the rest of us from far away, too.All that said, I hope you’re ready for a fight. There might be some who tell you that whatever happens was punishment from God, that you’re an idiot for living where you live, that your home should be abandoned. There will be people who tell you that it’s your own damn fault. They’ll say that you should have known, that you deserved this misery, that the rest of us shouldn’t be responsible for taking care of you, that you are not worth saving so stop your whining already.Well, to hell with them. Be safe. And if you need to, call us when you get to the other side. You can stay with us as long as you need to, because when the shit flies, we are all responsible for each other. It’s the only way to survive.Love,NOLA (New Orleans, LA)”

      • montanagirl

        I love the part where you say “you will become very resourceful, you”ll bond with your friends and neighbors in ways you never expected”  Let me tell you, I spent the last two weeks in Far Rockway, NY.  I knocked on doors all over in the Queens area checking on residents and am truly amazed at how true your statment is. People pooled there resources together making sure that there neighbors were safe and taken care of as well as there own familys. It was awsome to see!

    • http://twitter.com/coconutcase1963 Shannon Smith

      What about the people who evacuated and now want to come home?  Think about them.  They are coming back to flooded or burned down homes, collapsed homes, businesses flooded or burnt.  Whether you evaculated or not, it’s still your home and you have to return.

      I live in Rockaway Park.  I had no where to evacuate to.  Last year in Irene, there was massive flooding and no electricity for hundreds of miles around me, so it was best that I stayed where I was.    I figured it would be the same or worse for Sandy and I stayed because I live in a very stout building.  I was lucky; my building survived and is fine. 

      But there are a lot of very old homes in the Rockaways with basements that are flooded.  In some homes, the first floor flooded first, then the floor caved in and flooded the basement.  A lot of these homes have basement apartments, where the poorest people usually live.

      Every single business in the Rockaways is flooded.  No grocery stores.  No banks to cash a check or get cash for shopping in the stores that aren’t open anyway.

      We have no where to buy food, no pizza delivery, no restaurants left to eat in. 

      About 90% of all the cars left on the peninsula were flooded. 

      So it doesn’t matter if you evacuated or not – when you come home from evacuating, you need electricity, banks, grocery and drug stores to shop in.  It’s all gone.

      There are a lot of very poor people in the Rockaways who had no where to go.  They don’t have the means or the ways to evacuate.  You just can’t understand the situation if you have never been there, or lived through a massive storm like Sandy.  Have you?

      So may I suggest, Ron, that you think about people who are so poor that they don’t have computers like you do, and are really so poorly educated or simply mentally ill, that they can’t come online and post in your wonderfully arrogant manner.  These people that you are spewing hatred towards and telling to grow up and act responsibly, they really can’t.  They are the truly unfortunates of our society.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6A452WBOHXG3TBPDLLC67YI4Q K

         My Reply to Ron — What you are saying is idiotic and ignorant.  Everyone isn’t on welfare
        waiting for the government to hand them something.  Everyone’s house
        wasn’t completely destroyed.  There are working class families like
        myself, who are without power, heat and in some cases completely
        homeless.  The Rockaways have been hit very hard….no transportation
        because the train tracks and bridge that leads from the peninsula were
        heavily damaged.  Buses stop running @ 5:30 which means a working Father
        and graduate student like myself had to walk 120 blocks in the dark to
        get home (which isn’t damage, but doesn’t have power).  There are more
        than 500,000 people here that pay taxes, are hard working just like you
        and we want our services (the power mostly) restored.  It’s been one
        week since the storm and we still don’t have power, which also means no
        traffic lights, access to supermarkets, schools etc. My family is leaving every morning @ 4am so that my wife (A Math teacher) and I (A Network Engineer & Grad Student) can get to work and school.  Our lives have been turned upside down, not to mention the fact that our son can’t go to school until they restore the power.  This has nothing
        to do with evacuating…..

    • Jarad

      Ron, you are 1/2 correct. I lost my apt in the storm, at Beach 102nd. I not only evacuated, but removed all items of importance on Sunday and experienced very little loss. 

      However, you are ignoring the possibility of potential violence due to lack of services there. Many people, like us, did evacuate. But we still have our lives there, and now need to find a way to salvage that, all while there is a fuel shortage throughout the entire region. Tensions are high, my friend, and I hope that you keep that in mind. As we are now 4 days out from the storm, those of us who need to relocate face considerable challenges. 

      Let’s just say that to leave the area abandoned at this point means many residents accepting full losses. Would you want that on your conscience? I surely hope not.

    • Jarad

      Oh – one more, thing, Ron. The bridges to and fro the Rockaways are still charging a toll. 

      I guess that’s alright by you, though, no? 

    • Sue123

      People NEED to go return to their homes, genius. This is the aftermath!! Would you stay in a shelter for god knows how long??? It’s obvious you weren’t affected by the hurricane! I live in Rockaways and evacuated! Now nearly a week later I’dlike to return home and not live In a shelter. There is no help to clean up the demolished peninsula and no answers as to when people can go home. Staying in shelters is not an answr r to any family. Staten Island was also evacuated as well as Coney Island and Battery Park yet they all have power and nothing in the Rockaways!!so you grow up!!!! It is people’s homes!! Whether they evacuated or not has nothing to do with what’s going on now! I’d like to see you in a shelter for an indefinite amount of time.

      • Sue123

        Speaking of race, I am white. White people live in the Rockaways as well. I am also a tax paying citizen who goes to work everyday! Don’t let those 2-3 pictures fool you about the demographics of the Rockaways. Belle Harbor is all white and so breezy point.just FYI

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=886450482 Jenell Scherbel

           What a shame racial and class politics in America is such that people feel the need to identify themselves as white!

    • Plackert

      Must be white

    • Pond22

      White and a replican

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3CNL6A5VSOON6YI2T2H2Z2KMY local user

       Dude there are hundreds of reasons why people could not evacuate , blaming the victims is not right.

    • Pond22pond

      White and Republican**

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6A452WBOHXG3TBPDLLC67YI4Q K

       What you are saying is idiotic and ignorant.  Everyone isn’t on welfare waiting for the government to hand them something.  Everyone’s house wasn’t completely destroyed.  There are working class families like myself, who are without power, heat and in some cases completely homeless.  The Rockaways have been hit very hard….no transportation because the train tracks and bridge that leads from the peninsula were heavily damaged.  Buses stop running @ 5:30 which means a working Father and graduate student like myself had to walk 120 blocks in the dark to get home (which isn’t damage, but doesn’t have power).  There are more than 500,000 people here that pay taxes, are hard working just like you and we want our services (the power mostly) restored.  It’s been one week since the storm and we still don’t have power, which also means no traffic lights, access to supermarkets, schools etc.  This has nothing to do with evacuating…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26311205 Kristina Marie

      Even if people DID evacuate, that wouldn’t stop the damage done to our homes! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26311205 Kristina Marie

      And FYI, we OWN our home. We WORK hard. My boyfriend OWNS his own company. You sound ignorant and misinformed. Check your facts before you say anything else stupid.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/64DCIPPKF6ZIECJAU63WV6LQFA Diana

    YO. BRO.  You don’t have elderly in that area.  We do bro and they are forgetten!  Period….  This is not about “they ordered to evacuate”  this about rescuing people after the storm.  Right now as I see the priority is Manhattan and not Rock away.   Where is FEMA? Where is the President???
     

    • Guest1

      Diana, as someone who lived in Rockaway for many years, I can assure you that Manhattan subsidizes the majority of those who live on the Rockaway peninsula. Further, Rockaway bears far more than its fair share of underclass; thanks to the limousine liberals in Manhattan who thought the welfare state a noble idea, but wanted it as far south as possible from where they live. Can’t get any further south than Rockaway.

      • Panda Blanco

        Many of these are people who RETURNED to their homes after evacuating. And many are staying because they fear their homes will be looted if they leave again. How long are they supposed to live in shelters?

        • Honna3030

          Until the power goes back on.

      • AbbieL

        Please add a disclaimer to what you are saying. People like myself spent lots of money buying houses/condos in the Rockaways and go to work every single day, and are you ready… We pay taxes!! Just like I’m sure you do. So please explAin how manhattan is subsidizing or paying my way ? There are many businesses and tax paying citizens in Rockaway.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3CNL6A5VSOON6YI2T2H2Z2KMY local user

           Some people don’t realize that Rockaways has been going through a gentrification period of which has been long over due . I don’t know if that’s good or bad for the Rockaways my childhood home .

    • Petafire

      The President was asked by Bloomberg not to come. FEMA is in Rockaway, and has been since early afternoon on Thursday.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3CNL6A5VSOON6YI2T2H2Z2KMY local user

    I’m tired  of hearing about Breezy Point, What happened to Arverne, Edgemere or Far Rock ? those People count too.

    • rose

      hey where use are located where is your drop off of clothes and food? i am collecting sum clothes an food i would love to give to the people whio are not receivin….

      • Dobrzyniewicz

        If you get any respond about the drop off location pleas let me know. We also want to help. Have some extra food and clothing !!!

        • Petafire

          St. Francis de Sales Church on B129th Street.

      • Petafire

        St. Francis de Sales Church on B129th street.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3CNL6A5VSOON6YI2T2H2Z2KMY local user

         Rose we no longer live in the Rockaways , We moved away after Hurricane Gloria . today we live 1k miles south of NYC in the sunbelt where today temp is 80  and sunny.

  • Petafire

    FEMA has been in the Rockaways for hours there for hours. Here’s some more info for Rockaway people: FEMA on 116th with OEM and FDNY. Army National Guard at the housing areas: Hammels Playground, 220 Beach 85th, Redfern Houses Playground 1426 Beach Channel Drive. Conch Playground 51st Rockaway Beach Blvd.

    • Mastros82

      I just left Rockaway. Most of us lost our cars.(we cannot travel) we have no power(we are not aware of what’s going out on the airways) Unless govt. officials go up and down the Peninsula with bull horns and let us know what is going on, one more night of darkness will set upon our ravaged peninsula and those who are shivering and afraid will sleep one more night feeling forgotten.

      • Petafire

        I know. Trust me, I know. There were announcements. And, there will be more. 

      • Petafire

        Just a little note on the cars, and spread the word. NO ONE SHOULD BUY USED CARS ON THE PENINSULA for a few years. Salt water damage means they are no longer usable. 
        People need to get out of Rockaway for a few days, and maybe longer. There are people going through assessing damage now, and they should be done by the end of the weekend. They are placing color coded cards on houses to let you know the damage done, and when and if you can come back. 
        Remember to wear masks when you enter into water damaged homes. Black mold forms after three days. Protect yourselves.

  • irisinnc

    As a former journalist who has covered a natural disaster and the aftermath of its affects, I understand people are scared, frustrated, and angry. Those are all normal emotions after such a traumatic event. Unfortunately, victims tend to lash out at the very organizations that are trying to help them.  Volunteers and relief workers do not just magically appear to help individuals one-on-one.  They start working in the shelters and go from there.   Because people were ordered to evacuate, relief is focused at the shelters first. These shelters are a good anchor for agencies to work from. I don’t understand why the media insists on battering the relief agencies by broadcasting the cries of those who have no clue what is going behind the scenes. A man standing on a corner whining now might have help within just a few hours, but the public never hears about the relief –  only the pleas for help or, even worse, the angry contempt against American Red Cross and FEMA because they aren’t catering to a particular individual.  This was the worst storm in 100 years. People were warned; people know that living on an island or peninsula is a risk; to be unprepared and blame everyone else because relief is not immediate and swift is atrocious. I am disappointed in NPR’s failure to show the side of what these rescue agencies go through in preparing for such an emergency and share the successes to encourage relief donations.

  • Observer

    This is so sad.  It’s bad enough that this storm came in and destroyed lives & properties, please do not make it worse by fighting with each other over who needs help first!  There are many people out there to help, but they can only do so much at a time.  Let’s worry about the people and not so much about the material things. 
    To the people who dont want to leave their homes because they dont want someone to come in and steal their possessions, use your head, get your self and loved ones to safety, and forget about the “stuff”.

    • Braceitit57

      Thank you. Well said

  • Petafire

    For people needing assistance: Here’s some more info for Rockaway people: FEMA on 116th with OEM and FDNY. Army National Guard at the housing areas: Hammels Playground, 220 Beach 85th, Redfern Houses Playground 1426 Beach Channel Drive. Conch Playground 51st Rockaway Beach Blvd.

    Rite-Aid and Duane Reed are giving out free water as well. 

    Gas is being shipped in, and there are Naval vessels (right now the USS WASP) is off the coast of Rockaway. 

    • Jose

       can you please tell me how the hammel  houses area is,
      my mother lives at 84 st havent heard anything from her
      and no phones, she did not evacuate.

      • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

        Hi Jose, We’re going to send your note to NY1 reporter Dean Meminger, who’s in the area. Hopefully he’ll be able to get some information for you.

        • Piudica

           Does anyone have any information on how the residents of St. John’s home for boys and the religious community that runs the home have fared?  Any news on how the physical property has fared?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6A452WBOHXG3TBPDLLC67YI4Q K

         Anything near B70 – 116 and beyond was totally inundated with water in some places 12 ft high.  Of course now the water has receded and the national guard are in that area…..Arverne I think in the projects there near 90th st.  So, they are getting assistance to the folks that are in the PJ’s and surrounding area.  There is still no power, but I heard something on the news about the city housing authority looking into pumping out the water from the buildings that were flooded so that when the power is restored, those people in public housing will have power. 

    • Gr8is79

      I evacuated my home Sunday night just before the 7pm curfew of crossbay bridge. Went back last night to something out of a horror war movie.Rockaway was completely devastestated with distruction. Breaks my heart to see this once beautiful island in the state that it is in….I am petrified of going back to my home. Gunfire , looting and watching bunches of people robbing stores and homes…Please LORD help those in need. GOD BLESS

  • rose

    can someone please tell me the drop off locations for clothes and food.. i am accumalating some items for the rockaway people..

    • Dobrzyniewicz

      If you get any respond Pleas let me know . I also want to help. Have some extra clothes and food. Where can we drop this off ?..

      • Petafire

        St. Francis de Sales Church on B129th Street in Belle Harbor.

    • Petafire

      St. Francis de Sales Church on B129th Street in Belle Harbor.

    • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

      Hi Rose, Here & Now has put together a list of resources on how to help the storm victims: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/11/02/help-sandy-victims Included is a list of relief centers in the Rockaways that are accepting donations: http://rockawayhelp.com/reliefcenters/

  • Bathbeach

    can you drop off clothes and shoes at the fire and police stations???

    • Petafire

      St. Francis de Sales Church on B129th Street in Belle Harbor.

  • Robert alston

    i live in charleston sc i am trying to find out about my people at 8401 rockaway beach blvd contact me at robertalst@aol.com if you know or hear anything god bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.korzenik Andrew Korzenik

    The area effected by Sandy is huge and there is only so much the government can do at a time. I know that doesn’t help people who are in need of aid but that’s the truth of it for any disaster under any administration.

  • Phil Gioldasis

    going there was easy summer?now getting poetic in a crossroad is like war.

  • Ellen Pascucci

    looking for micheal terino who lives on beach 92nd street near oconner funeral home trying to find him spoke to him 5 days ago please help us we need to know if he is alright> his address is 322 beach 92nd street

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6A452WBOHXG3TBPDLLC67YI4Q K

    My Reply to Ron — What you are saying is idiotic and ignorant.  Everyone isn’t on welfare
    waiting for the government to hand them something.  Everyone’s house
    wasn’t completely destroyed.  There are working class families like
    myself, who are without power, heat and in some cases completely
    homeless.  The Rockaways have been hit very hard….no transportation
    because the train tracks and bridge that leads from the peninsula were
    heavily damaged.  Buses stop running @ 5:30 which means a working Father
    and graduate student like myself had to walk 120 blocks in the dark to
    get home (which isn’t damage, but doesn’t have power).  There are more
    than 500,000 people here that pay taxes, are hard working just like you
    and we want our services (the power mostly) restored.  It’s been one
    week since the storm and we still don’t have power, which also means no
    traffic
    lights, access to supermarkets, schools etc. My family is leaving every
    morning @ 4am so that my wife (A Math teacher) and I (A Network
    Engineer & Grad Student) can get to work and school.  Our lives have
    been turned upside down, not to mention the fact that our son can’t go
    to school until they restore the power.  This has nothing to do with evacuating or people waiting for handouts.  In fact, I’m a veteran (US NAVY) and if anyone deserves the government to help, it would be me.  So, before you go making stupid statements, why don’t you get the facts — We’re cut off from your reality…..the real reality is that there is very little security, no lights, no services and mostly everyone has to make do for themselves because we don’t have the means (buses & trains).  I had to drive 2 hrs to upstate NY (Harriman) to ensure that my wife would have gas to get back and forth to work, to educate someone else s kids, while mine is out of school until they restore the power here.  I’m one of the fortunate ones that has resources and the determination to make due with what we have until things get back to normal.  However, there are thousands here that lost not only power, but loved ones, their homes, cars, jobs etc and we’re all just wanting one thing — HELP

  • Humphreysj

    Hey NY where’s all that beloved government you seem to think can save you with other peoples money? Where’s your beloved Obama? Sitting warm and toasty drinking a brewsky laughing about how america was stupid enough to re-elect the worst president ever who says he cares about you and then acts in his own behalf! Welcome to Obamaville!!

  • Humphreysj

    when is obama gonna the calvary? oh that’s right he’s too busy flying around in air force one partying with all his  billionaire hip hop and hollywood friends!! Welcome to Obamaville! can’t wait for his carbon tax so you can pay MORE for electricity if you ever get it back!

  • Phxsami

    The Chamber of Commerce in Oceanside Ca is teaming up with The Chamber of Commerce in NJ  .. will be contacting Businesses and starting fundraisers .. this has been confirmed … you can see it on my Timeline “phxsami” at FaceBook .. there are some of us on FB who are willing to help in any way we can !!! My name is Sami Copen … Please post to my page …

  • Pdlcc52

    Mr. Bloomberg should be ashamed of himself. He thinks by shaking a few hands, a couple fist bumps and handing out a few packages is helping. Get a grip on reality! These people are desperate and once again Rockaway is left out.
    This people are cold, afraid, seeking information and getting turned down by FEMA. I don,t know what is enough for FEMA to get off there ass and get out there. Pitch a tent, share a darkened home and get into reality. You all should be ashame of yourselves.
    I do not live in Rockaway. I haven’t in over 30 years but my heart is always there. We moved our mother out of state when the hurricane came but my family is still there.
    No support, lack of news, no meals, no water! So tell me where the he’ll are you. Try going a bit off you beaten path where many people are still in their homes waiting. Waiting for something you Mr. Bloomberg are not even aware of. You ever hear of Bayfield Avenue. Look up.
    You and your organization disgust me. Get off your ass and do something now. Communicate with the whole of Rockaway. It’s just not Breezy Point where the homes were a little nicer. No one likes the poor sections but they are people who consist of the Rockaways.
    Please anyone reading this please complain, write letters. Don’t let the other people of Rockaway go unnoticed. Winter is approaching and there definitely be more deaths if something is not done soon.

  • Max

    Tell the Feds that you are Israeli citizens. Then the politicians may dump all kinds of money on you as they waste on the rogue, pariah terrorist state of Israel.
    America has its priorities and you are one of them.

  • Wendydarling11

    I need names of people in desperate need….200 families or more….is that a possibility?

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