All Is Not Well in New York and New Jersey

by Charles C. W. Cooke

The BBC reports

Fuel shortages and difficulties in restoring power are hampering efforts to restore normality to parts of the US north-east in the wake of Storm Sandy.

Fights broke out at petrol stations in New York and New Jersey, and power suppliers warned some areas might not have electricity until 11 November.

Anger is also rising in New York’s Staten Island, with some residents saying they had been forgotten.

More than 90 deaths in the US have now been blamed on Sandy.

The cost of the storm to the US is now put at about $50bn (£31bn).

Meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed President Barack Obama for next week’s presidential election.

He said Storm Sandy had highlighted climate change issues, and that only one candidate saw that as an “urgent problem”.

Residents and workers of areas affected by Sandy awoke on Friday to continued problems of transportation, lack of electricity and a dearth of fuel.

One resident, Theresa Connor, told Reuters her neighbourhood had been “annihilated”.

“They forgot about us… And Bloomberg said New York is fine. The marathon is on.”

Reflecting the anger of some at Mr Bloomberg’s insistence that Sunday’s New York Marathon will go ahead, councilman James Oddo said: “If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and a senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) official, Richard Serino, will visit the borough on Friday.

Mr Bloomberg defended the decision to hold the race, saying: “This city is a city where we have to go on.”

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