Mayor Bloomberg Diverts Resources and National Guard from ‘War Zone’ within City

How long will the New York Police Department be able to fend off criminal activity (spawned from the storm surge) as food, water, and fuel are limited in most areas?

By Shepard Ambellas
dev-test.intellihub.com
November 3, 2012

NEW YORK CITY — Residents throughout the city and surrounding areas have been hit hard by the violent winds, rains, and flooding that the “super storm” Sandy threw at them earlier in the week.

Now facing the aftermath, residents and businesses await the next phase of recovery as they piece back together their lives to some sense of normality. But when will it come?

In the middle of New York harbor lies weather struck Staten Island, mostly flooded and submerged from the storm.

It has now been reported by ABC and others that Staten Island is under distress as residents fight for there lives in what has been described as not only a “disaster zone” but a “war zone”.

Thousands of people are displaced as some seek refuge in shelters throughout the region.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reported to have diverted needed generators, supplies, and resources away from Staten Island for use in the coming New York City Marathon.

Fox News reported;

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to hold the 26-2 mile race as scheduled on Sunday, although many New Yorkers complained it would be insensitive and divert city resources at a time when many are suffering.

“You have to keep going and doing things. … You can grieve and you can cry and you can laugh and that’s what human beings are good at,” Bloomberg said at a news conference. “New York has to show that we are here and we are going to recover,” and can help businesses and people at the same time.

Bloomberg said the marathon would “give people something to cheer about in what has been a very dismal week for a lot of people.”

Eventually the mayor cancelled the marathon for the first time in history.

Bloomberg also announced that all but 40 schools throughout the city will reopen on Monday morning.

So just how bad are things in New York City?

Police have been sent to protect places of interest such as filling stations and supply houses as fuel and other supplies are limited in an almost Mad Max-like fashion.

Officials in Brooklyn have been calling for the National Guard to come in, Mayor Bloomberg declined the Guard in fear of the police state presence.

According to a report by Tom Blumer;

Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.

“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”

Markowitz demanded the National Guard’s help just an hour before Bloomberg’s press conference, claiming that the NYPD and FDNY are “brave — but overwhelmed” by all the challenges Sandy brought when it visited the borough on Monday night: flooding, power outages, and looting.

“All of our resources have been stretched to the limit,” Markowitz said. “In the name of public safety we need to send more National Guard personnel into Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and any other locations.”

Markowitz hopes that the sight of an armed soldier would deter criminal activity in the still-unaccessible evacuation zones — such as the rash of break-ins that took place in Coney Island hours after Sandy kissed the borough goodbye — but the Mayor said the NYPD was more than capable of handling the job.

Is the NYPD capable of securing the city as supplies such as food, water, and fuel are limited in most areas with crime and looting are increasing daily?

Other like this woman wonder how long it will be before the government comes;

According to news.tera.com:

“At the storm’s peak on Monday, police were receiving 20,000 calls per hour, said chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

Even with those demands, police said they have not seen a spike in crime. Not a single murder has been reported in the city since the storm, according to the police department, compared to an average of just over one a day so far this year.”

Showing how there is some concern that the NYPD will ultimately fail in managing this crisis, wherein their scope is undefined at best.

Most citizens are reporting a lack of federal presence in the disaster stricken area.

Numerous bodies have been found throughout the rubble as FEMA drives up and down the streets with clipboards logging information.

Rescue workers are “non-existant” in the area according to some reports.

Heat is also a major concern amongst most as the weather is expected to get below 30°F in the coming week.

TVNZ.com reported;

Northeast residents lucky enough to have a roof after Hurricane Sandy struck now face a new problem: a heating oil shortage and widespread power outages mean some homes may go cold as the weather turns wintry.

A cold snap in the New York City area – with daily low temperatures set to drop into the upper 30s Fahrenheit (2-4 degrees Celsius) early next week – is raising concerns that residents of the storm-stricken areas of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut could be left without heat as they recover from one of the worst storms in US history.

Some New York area heating oil distributors have already been forced to ration supplies. The fuel is used in nearly 5.8 million homes in the Northeast, the world’s largest heating oil market. In some storm hit areas, distribution has nearly collapsed.

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