Hurricane Sandy has wrought the kind of disaster that reminds us of the critical role of government in supporting people and delivering essential public services such as transportation and utilities. During a crisis that appears natural and random, we expect all levels of government to act swiftly to ensure that everyone is safe and can meet their fundamental needs, such as access to water, food, and housing with heat and electricity. Yet despite visible efforts from government agencies, utility companies, the MTA, and even the National Guard, more than one week after the storm millions of people along the Eastern Seaboard are still suffering. Many are trapped in their homes without power, cold and hungry, others are stuck in shelters or with relatives, deprived of much needed paychecks….
*To read the official full statement, please refer to the PDF that is attached below.