What Election? Sandy Recovery Continues
Marines head to Staten Island, Queens
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2012 10:08 AM CST
A woman walks through sand on the corner of Atlantic and St. Katherine's Place in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Ben Fogletto)

(Newser) – Sure, it's Election Day tomorrow—but to plenty of families still reeling from Sandy's effects, civic duty is a secondary concern, the Washington Post reports. "Everyone’s trying to live. They got kids. How’s anybody gonna go out and vote?" says a Manhattan school lunch helper. Some 143,000 New Yorkers have been affected by polling site alterations following the storm. And with President Obama firmly ahead in New York and New Jersey, an inability to get to the polls may not affect the presidential vote so much as it does local elections. In other hurricane news:

  • The election isn't the only national tradition affected by the storm: Holiday shopping is facing some serious obstacles. Now is the time when retailers are usually getting their last holiday shipments—but the process has been held up by defunct shipping points and warehouses, not to mention road closures and gas shortages, the New York Times notes.

  • Following the cancellation of New York City's marathon, more than a dozen generators are sitting unused in Central Park, the New York Post reports—not to mention 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar blankets, apples, and large amounts of bottled water. "If those generators were here, we maybe could have had some light for the cleanup effort," says a Staten Island man.
  • But help is on the way: Marines have arrived in Queens and Staten Island to help recovery efforts. "They gave us supplies, water, and food. It makes us feel like we’re actually getting help now. At least we feel safer with their presence," a local resident tells the Post.
  • And Mayor Bloomberg joined fellow New Yorkers feeling the commute pain: Today, he took the 5 train to City Hall.

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HeavyDuty
Nov 5, 2012 5:01 PM CST
Due to the "Sandy" storm along the east coast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York in a bipartisan agreement with all governors and mayors of the Easr Coast, except Massachussetts, should announce that they have arranged for a new law that abolishes home taxes on the homes damaged by the Sandy hurricane for the next 20 years. Also that they have arranged for room and meals for the victims for a time and time. After all, these homeowners have paid taxes for many years. (But Gov.Romney do not want liberal's help in Massachussetts) These would be better announcements than the one that they made that horrifies the victims even more about their becoming homeless and abandoned by their government. The Polls duty is necessary.
lahoud
Nov 5, 2012 1:40 PM CST
Romney has not set foot in NY or NJ, since the hurricane struck. And this 'man' wants to be president? Of what, a mormon outhouse?
kawahchan
Nov 5, 2012 12:47 PM CST
If Obama get re-elected to stay in White House, he will turn to be an lame-duck immediately, because there is NO Fortune 100, Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 care about Obama's supporters anyway.