Congress continues to delay Hurricane Sandy Relief as a full funding bill has yet to be passed. More than 60 days after the storm, one New York neighborhood still faces struggles without power, without heat and without residents.
The Gothamist reports on a survey published by the group New York Communities for Change. The sample survey, which received 89 responses out of 184 distributed, shows 18 percent of residents aren't even living in their homes. Nearly 10 percent are still without electricity. Twenty-nine percent have no heat as frigid temperatures in the middle of winter compound the problem. Rockaways' overall population is around 1,200.
These people live near one of the greatest cities on Earth and the largest population center in the United States. New York has one of the most intricate infrastructure placements in the world with networks of power lines, transportation, roads and subways.
Yet two months after a freak hurricane, some residents are without power. Did the federal government drop the ball on Hurricane Sandy relief, or should Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city leaders be doing more for this section of New York?