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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reports on her visit to Staten Island schools this morning, plus recovery efforts throughout the five boroughs.
Maybe students in working schools (that did not lose power) can start writing letters to students in hurt schools (like pen-pals), for support and encouragement. Younger students could write about their experiences; older students could maybe write about global warming, and remind younger students that there is nobody to blame in this situation, but Sandy.
I wonder how Newt's student custodians would have handled this or any disaster? Would they have stayed at their school making sure it was safe? Would they be able to handle restarting boilers, electricity and other building issues? The fact is government is necessary. Can individuals or local city officials request aid from other states, mobilize the national guard, wave regulations for quick deployment of fuel, hold utility's feet to the fire? No. We need a responsive, flexible, competent and will funded government at all levels. And when government failed during Katrina, what was the response? Blame the victims. It may not be perfect everywhere but the alternative is a dystopian world no one would want to live in.
brian, cuomo was at hud also
Vote for Bill de Blasio1
Wait,wait ,wait.What was that she just said about how she can't comment on the red cross!She has a bias because she and the head of the red cross were bonding together1.Come on -Brian-push back on her giving the red cross a pass!
Good for that teacher for creating a lesson out of this tragedy and teaching the kids community service.
Note that this is NOT on the standardized tests she's otherwise pressured to teach to.
Speaker Quinn, Warbasse Houses in Coney Island has their own electricity and heat. It's not Con Ed or LIPA's responsibility. Numerous desperate old, ill, helpless residents. If FEMA doesn't step in, it will take weeks at best to make the buildings livable for helpless people. Can you get FEMA there? Please please please help.
Robert from NYC: Please don't scare us this way!. We've been through enough!
Christine: Stop the touring. Get some decisions made and push through some things that individual City Council members have been trying to do that can alleviate some of the problems people are facing now and that have been exacerbated by this tragedy.
Your job should be to be calling out the City agencies that are not doing their job and if it's because of a lack of resources you should be helping out to get the federal and state resources the city needs
Christine Quinn, Bloomberg II.
Don't let Bloomberg and his friends in real estate grab the NYCHA land in Coney Island and Far Rockaway! It will cost less and will be substantially faster to fix the damaged equipment in these NYCHA houses than to relocate everyone out. Bloomberg and his real estate crooks will convert these to luxury condos!!!
From what I heard this AM, Grimm said Staten Islanders are helping each other. No need for FEMA or the Red Cross. Look I understand the need to shrink the government there is a lot of goverment waste; helping your neighbor when you are reeling from this disaster too is the right thing to do; however in the larger scope very misguided. Folks can barely get around due to gas shortages and mounting debris. As admirable as it is, to urge your neighbors to help, there is little your neighbor can actually do for you if they are suffering too.
Additionally, this mayor made some truly bad decisions. NOT to have the Pres. survey the damage. All of his focus was/is on getting Manhattan up and running. Some of the hardest hit neighborhoods are in the outer boroughs - a phrase I viscerally despise.
to help williamsburg get to manhattan for work and play, please ask MTA to run the M train on the weekend untill the subways are back to 90%thanks
I feel very badly for all of us who have been devastated by Suuperstorm Sandy but what I want to know is, are those Staten Islanders demanding FEMA help and aid from the City the same republican folks feel that Government is too big and who just a few years ago wanted to secede from the City?
Please ask Speaker Quinn about "Far Rockaway," "Coney Island - the housing projects" and other poor/working class minority neighborhoods. Why are they forgotten? They are Americans and need help too! Thank you.
The Government and media are not the least interested in the people of these areas.
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