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A Red Cross trailer is parked in downtown Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, 01 November 2012. Superstorm Sandy has paralyzed much of the US East Coast, causing billions of US dollars in damages and killing at least 70 people.  EPA/PETER FOLEYA Red Cross trailer is parked in downtown Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, 01 November 2012. Superstorm Sandy has paralyzed much of the US East Coast, causing billions of US dollars in damages and killing at least 70 people.  EPA/PETER FOLEY

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.

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“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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 Nov 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM DovidTheK Says:

It's very difficult to be sympathetic to people who were told to evacuate and yet thumbed their nose at the authorities and stayed anyways.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 07:49 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

I was expecting this to happen sooner or later...it's going to be impossible to reach everyone right away! This is why it is more important than ever that neighbors ACT like neighbors & take care of one another!

One of the worst tragedies of Sandy? The story about the young Mom w\the 2yr old & the 4yr old, who was TURNED AWAY by people during the hurricane. She LOST her kids to the waves of the water & now they still can't find them!

Folks....we cannot allow stories like this to continue! Even with as good of a job as Gov Christie, Gov Cuomo, the President, etc are doing...there are millions of people in dire need right now & they won't be able to logistically get to everyone immediately!

So we MUST stay connected as a people! We MUST not be forgetting one another during this time! And for those of Us who haven't been affected by the storm...we MUST pray, donate, give funds, and do whatever we can, to help our fellow countrymen & women out!

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM A Says:

Reply to #2  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

I was expecting this to happen sooner or later...it's going to be impossible to reach everyone right away! This is why it is more important than ever that neighbors ACT like neighbors & take care of one another!

One of the worst tragedies of Sandy? The story about the young Mom w\the 2yr old & the 4yr old, who was TURNED AWAY by people during the hurricane. She LOST her kids to the waves of the water & now they still can't find them!

Folks....we cannot allow stories like this to continue! Even with as good of a job as Gov Christie, Gov Cuomo, the President, etc are doing...there are millions of people in dire need right now & they won't be able to logistically get to everyone immediately!

So we MUST stay connected as a people! We MUST not be forgetting one another during this time! And for those of Us who haven't been affected by the storm...we MUST pray, donate, give funds, and do whatever we can, to help our fellow countrymen & women out!

They did find the bodies of those 2 young children earlier today.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Too bad for these Staten Islanders....The Red Cross has no oligation to immediately respond to everyone in harms way. They do their best on a nationwide basis with the resources they have. Molinaro was elected to be responsible for his constituents. He has failed them miserably and he now seeks to point the finger at a private charity for not doing what he is obviously incapable of doing. What a shvuntz to try to blame private charities for his failures.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

#2...if it were a sunami people would send money..and omaba, what exactly did he do execpt hug some woman. 4 years of nothing. bloomberg send in food and water. If this was harlem or sri lanka they would do something. It feels like Ben Gazee.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 08:56 PM Anonymous Says:

The red cross is an organization that kissed up to the germans during ww2, turning a blind eye to the suffering of jews, they toured teresienstadt knowing full well that its all a sham,

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM my heart goes out but Says:

Reply to #2  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

I was expecting this to happen sooner or later...it's going to be impossible to reach everyone right away! This is why it is more important than ever that neighbors ACT like neighbors & take care of one another!

One of the worst tragedies of Sandy? The story about the young Mom w\the 2yr old & the 4yr old, who was TURNED AWAY by people during the hurricane. She LOST her kids to the waves of the water & now they still can't find them!

Folks....we cannot allow stories like this to continue! Even with as good of a job as Gov Christie, Gov Cuomo, the President, etc are doing...there are millions of people in dire need right now & they won't be able to logistically get to everyone immediately!

So we MUST stay connected as a people! We MUST not be forgetting one another during this time! And for those of Us who haven't been affected by the storm...we MUST pray, donate, give funds, and do whatever we can, to help our fellow countrymen & women out!

I really think I can understand the anguish of the mom that lost her children. I also can imagine the anguish of the man that refused to open his door. He thought she was a crazy or worse. I feel for him.
It is a terrible story.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM Huh? Says:

Reply to #1  
DovidTheK Says:

It's very difficult to be sympathetic to people who were told to evacuate and yet thumbed their nose at the authorities and stayed anyways.

You find it hard to "feel sorry" for these people because you lack empathy.
that's sad for you, and unfortunate for people around you.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 10:18 PM brooklyn mom Says:

Why are you so surprised, Mr. Molinaro? We could have told you that a long time ago.

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 Nov 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #3  
A Says:

They did find the bodies of those 2 young children earlier today.

Yes, I was updated when I heard about the story on the news this afternoon. Total tragedy. But appherently, there's no law in New York that says people HAVE to help one another.

People are just supposed to WANT to do it! Who turns a woman & 2 young children away during a mega-storm?! I saw the guy on the news who supposedly did it... I didn't believe a word that came out of his mouth. It's obvious he just didn't want to "deal" w\having to help! And thanks to his disgraceful selfishness, the woman's children are DEAD. And I guess the mother is just too distraught to make a comment at the moment.

Well, what's there to even say?! She didn't have anywhere to evacuate, at the last minute she frantically did what she could to save her children's lives, and the ONE person who was home & could have let her in his home, refused!

This attitude of "every man for himself" has become a killer POISON to our society! What will it take for people to see this?!

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 02:48 AM speakingthetruth Says:

Reply to #5  
ProminantLawyer Says:

#2...if it were a sunami people would send money..and omaba, what exactly did he do execpt hug some woman. 4 years of nothing. bloomberg send in food and water. If this was harlem or sri lanka they would do something. It feels like Ben Gazee.

May the “good ole boys and gals” from Staten Island that has always been too proud to ask for help or too selfish to offer help to others, is now seeing what “Love Thy Neighbor” really means now that they were told to leave their beloved borough by the Ocean, but refused, but is now wanting others to risk their lives and safety to save them now.

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 03:14 AM bob Says:

Reply to #2  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

I was expecting this to happen sooner or later...it's going to be impossible to reach everyone right away! This is why it is more important than ever that neighbors ACT like neighbors & take care of one another!

One of the worst tragedies of Sandy? The story about the young Mom w\the 2yr old & the 4yr old, who was TURNED AWAY by people during the hurricane. She LOST her kids to the waves of the water & now they still can't find them!

Folks....we cannot allow stories like this to continue! Even with as good of a job as Gov Christie, Gov Cuomo, the President, etc are doing...there are millions of people in dire need right now & they won't be able to logistically get to everyone immediately!

So we MUST stay connected as a people! We MUST not be forgetting one another during this time! And for those of Us who haven't been affected by the storm...we MUST pray, donate, give funds, and do whatever we can, to help our fellow countrymen & women out!

so let me hear what did you do to the situation besides sitting and blogging?

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 09:00 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #7  
my heart goes out but Says:

I really think I can understand the anguish of the mom that lost her children. I also can imagine the anguish of the man that refused to open his door. He thought she was a crazy or worse. I feel for him.
It is a terrible story.

I cannot understand the anguish of the mother that lost her children. I can feel bad. I can cry for her. I can pray that she has the will to go on. Still I cannot come close to understanding her anguish.
Why imagine the anguish of the man that refused to open his door? Whatever the reason, and I imagine at the time he thought he was doing the right thing, I do not feel for him. Why do you sign your name with "but"? I certainly am not judging his actions. I hope I would have done differently than him, but I don't know since I was not in his place.
This is a terrible story, but we should remember who the person who lost her children is. My heart goes out to her and to all the other victims.

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 09:29 AM aypeebee Says:

"Lawyer" at 5

Has never been to Ben Gazee or he would surely have commented on the beautiful shopping malls and the outdoor cafes thjere
We are not all as stupid as he thinks

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 10:38 AM Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

Reply to #2  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

I was expecting this to happen sooner or later...it's going to be impossible to reach everyone right away! This is why it is more important than ever that neighbors ACT like neighbors & take care of one another!

One of the worst tragedies of Sandy? The story about the young Mom w\the 2yr old & the 4yr old, who was TURNED AWAY by people during the hurricane. She LOST her kids to the waves of the water & now they still can't find them!

Folks....we cannot allow stories like this to continue! Even with as good of a job as Gov Christie, Gov Cuomo, the President, etc are doing...there are millions of people in dire need right now & they won't be able to logistically get to everyone immediately!

So we MUST stay connected as a people! We MUST not be forgetting one another during this time! And for those of Us who haven't been affected by the storm...we MUST pray, donate, give funds, and do whatever we can, to help our fellow countrymen & women out!

Two facer!! You didn't give Bush a chance by Katrina, now you say you know it's impossible to get to everyone at once!!!! Shame on your head! Shame on your whole being! You should be embarrassed of yourself!!

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 Nov 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM Truth Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Too bad for these Staten Islanders....The Red Cross has no oligation to immediately respond to everyone in harms way. They do their best on a nationwide basis with the resources they have. Molinaro was elected to be responsible for his constituents. He has failed them miserably and he now seeks to point the finger at a private charity for not doing what he is obviously incapable of doing. What a shvuntz to try to blame private charities for his failures.

You sound like an Achzor who voted for Emperor Blumy & Cuomo the H--O. You're right about the Red Cross, but you're wrong about Molinaro. He can't help them. He isn't running the city or state. Blumy should be calling the Governor Cuomo to send in the National Guard to Staten Island. And even if they are there, they obviously need more guardsmen and equip. Both what is Blumy doing he's putting resources into having a marathon.

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