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In Sandy’s Wake, Staten Island is “The Forgotten Borough”

In Sandy’s Wake, Staten Island is “The Forgotten Borough”

While the majority of the preparation, warning and clean-up of Hurricane Sandy has been met with bipartisan approval, residents of Staten Island are saying they’re being ignored. As one resident said to CBS, “”We’re gonna die! We’re gonna freeze! We’ve got 90-year-old people!” About 500,000 people call the area home, and it received some of the worst of Sandy’s attack. 19 of the 41 fatalities took place on Staten Island (including two young brothers, ripped from their mother’s arms by the waves.) And the past few days have had residents feeling forgotten while help pours into the rest of New York and New Jersey. According to Staten resident Natvel Pritchard, “Though people don’t talk about Staten Island much, people are here, a lot of people are hurting, so it’s upsetting.” Adding to the outrage is NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s decision to forge ahead with plans to host the New York City Marathon this weekend, which has some residents feeling like rescue efforts are coming in second to the race …

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