Monday, November 5, 2012

WTF, NYC?

Absolutely unacceptable. 

As the New York Post reported this morning, the New York Marathon was cancelled days ago, but the generators, food, water, and other supplies still sit unused and inaccessible to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

The city left more than a dozen generators desperately needed by cold and hungry New Yorkers who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy still stranded in Central Park yesterday.
And that’s not all — stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar “space” blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water.
This while people who lost their homes in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island were freezing and going hungry...
What. The. ****. 

Seriously, can we get someone to take responsibility and get this handled? Handled today

Are they really going to leave those apples to rot in Central Park while New Yorkers go hungry? The NY Post article describes nursing home residents bundling up in "four, five blankets" because they have no heat. Can we get some generators and warm clothing to these people? 

And, oh, it gets better (and by "better," I mean even more unbelievably, insanely, bat**** crazy):

A few of the generators were moved out of the park yesterday morning and Saturday, but Mayor Bloomberg was clueless about where they went. 
“I think they went to New Jersey for refurbishment and [to] change trucks and then went elsewhere, if I remember that,” he said, lecturing reporters that the fate of the marathon’s generators was “not a story.”
"Mayor Bloomberg was clueless?" I'll say he was. 

And what's this arrogance, trying to tell reporters what is and isn't a story? I've been working in political communications for the past few years, and let me tell you, the only person who decides what's a story is the person who decides to write it. Now, if journalists continually write stuff no one cares to read, they may find themselves without a job, but trust me (oh, trust me...the stories I could tell...), it is impossible to kill a story by telling a reporter it's not a story.

Remember New Yorkers, while you are cold and hungry, your Mayor is busy endorsing Obama and meddling in elections in Central Florida.

And remember, Florida District 10 residents, the same Mayor who is failing his own residents so badly, who wastes time worrying about how large their sodas are, says Val Demings is the best choice for your Congressional Representative. See anything here that might make you question his judgment?

See also:

Sunshine State Sarah | #BusybodyBloomberg meddles in FL elections while NYC drowns



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