Village to 96-year-old man, residents: clean up debris
MYFOXNY.COM - The cleanup in Amityville, Long Island, is still underway three weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the region. So when residents got a warning that they now have to get rid of all of the debris themselves, they were none too happy.
Pete Picucci, 96, spends hours a day sitting in front of his fireplace, the lone source of warmth after Sandy flooded his home, destroying pretty much everything.
And now the residents are being told that they need to secure their own dumpsters and debris removal. Now, call me crazy, but didn't Barack Obama promise FEMA help with cleanup? Wasn't that part of his big re-election push, that his response to Hurricane Sandy was immediate and decisive, and showed him to be a strong leader? Why, then, in a suburb of the largest city in the United States, do we have city leaders telling people they're on their own for cleaning up after a natural disaster?
It's fascinating to see the reaction - or, again, lack thereof. George Bush was crucified for his response to Katrina in New Orleans - despite many delays by local and state officials being much of the reason for the response delay. When the President has a "D" after his name, though, the lack of a response is shrugged off. Local officials are reporting skepticism at FEMA responding to their requests - and there's a resounding case of crickets in the news. No celebrity air heads are questioning whether Barack Obama hates suburbanites.
And a 96 year old man is being cited for debris in his yard - this is the best government can do.
That is all.