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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Long Beach, California
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    Does Staten Island have enough help?

    Staten Island still suffers as politicians struggle to help those in need. Although there has been much support and relief, there is still red tape preventing some devastated residents from receiving food and shelter. Most of the help has been conducted by local residents who are determined to offer assistance to their neighbors.

    Jessica Dos Santos is one individual, a regualar Joe, who is there walking amongst those deavasted by hurricane Sandy. She has seen so much devastation. A month after the disaster, people are found living in tents with generators and no way to shower. Module homes have been stopped from going into Staten Island because Mayor Bloomberg believes people won’t leave them when the time comes for them to return home. Victims are being sent to Conneticut, keeping them far away from there loved ones. People are being paid $30,000 for demolished homes. Not nearly enough to cover the expense of buying a new home. Many of these people are middle-class individuals who didn’t have the means to begin with and are now left devasted without hope.

    Some landlords in Staten Island are not being supportive or understanding of those suffering. Some of these renters have nothing and no way to get anything back. If there are plans in rebuilding the vicitms are not kept up to date. They are left to wonder when the rebuilding will begin and what areas will be condemened . They know these things take time, but a shared long term plan is needed.

    Jessica Dos Santos shared with me that the death toll is more than 56. But becasuese other individuals who passed away are immigrants and here illegally, they are not getting counted. Jessica also shared a story about a special needs adult who lost both parent in the storm. He spoke up to a political offical in a Staten Island town meeting about how he has been very confused that no official is explaining things to him in a way he can understand, and no help has been offered.

    Also, Miss Dos Santos had organized a food service to help those in need. The Health Department closed her down because she did not meet certain requirmements. She suggested they tell her what she needs to do since she had no experience in this and just wants to help by feeding hungry fellow Staten Islanders, but the Health Dept. refused to help. We all acknowledge that it is important to follow health guidlelines, but it is also important to allow assistance for humane purposes while cutting through the red tape.

    I remember President Obama said that assistance should be provided wherever necessary without delay. There is still delay of assistance to Staten Island. There is still red tape preventing devastated residents from receiving food and shelter.
    No red tape and no delay, I know Obama meant this but NY officials need to take this seriously and if they are share the plan.

    In this clip a woman speaks up during a town meeting in New Dorp!

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