Staten Island, NY - SI Borough President: The Red Cross Is “An Absolute Disgrace”
Staten Island, NY - It took being called “an absolute disgrace” by Borough President James Molinaro for the American Red Cross to finally turn its attention to the ravaged borough of Staten Island.
At a press conference today on Staten Island (http://bit.ly/YtkHT6), Mr. Molinaro called out the Red Cross for its lack of response in the decimated borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “You know, I went to a shelter Monday night after the storm. People were coming in with no socks, with no shoes. They were in desperate need. Their housing was destroyed. They were crying. Where was the Red Cross? Isn’t that their function? They collect millions of dollars. Whenever there’s a drive in Staten Island, we give openly and honestly. Where are they? Where are they?” Mr. Molinaro asked.
“I was at the South Shore yesterday, people were buried in their homes. There the dogs are trying to find bodies. The people there, the neighbors who had no electricity, were making soup. Making soup. It’s very emotional because the lack of a response. The lack of a response. They’re supposed to be here….They should be on the front lines fighting, and helping the people,” he continued.
The American Red Cross was expected to bring 10 trucks filled with supplies and personnel to Staten Island today according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (http://bit.ly/VGtWME). A large mobile kitchen is expected to be set up today, and will begin distributing food tomorrow. Senator Chuck Schumer added that FEMA is “on its way today” to the devastated borough. “No place has suffered worse than Staten Island,” said Schumer.
Staten Island resident Donna Solli who lost her home in Sandy told Senators Schumer and Gillibrand that without intervention, she feared she was going to perish. “We’re going to die,” a clearly anguished Ms. Solli said. “Where is the government?”
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