Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz made his way to Coney Island to view the destruction with his own eyes on Wednesday, October 31. “You have never seen the amount of humanity,” he said of the thousands upon thousands of volunteers spending their own money, raising money, donating clothing and food. “It is incredible.”
The borough president said that during his tour of the most devastated areas in Brooklyn he came to the realization that this may be a situation too big for New York City to handle on it's own.
“It was apparent that the devastation is so widespread and overwhelming that it's in the best interest of all our residents for a more significant National Guard presence to supplement the great work being done by our brave, but overwhelmed first responders.”
He said that resources are running thin due to the massive sanitation issues, lack of utilities, and the looting problems in some areas.
“I want to make it clear that in Brooklyn, no neighborhood is being ignored,” he said. “Every single elected official, every single agency are working for you,” Markowitz said.
Cid, who asked to be referred to only big his first name, said that he hasn't been forgotten. While a great deal of focus on Brooklyn is on places like Coney Island that were severely affected, Cid is relieved that even though he's from Wiliamsburg he can still receive the help he needs.
He said the he's lucky he still has a home to go back to, as he stood in front of John Jay High School, where a temporary shelter has been created for those who have been evacuated. Cid, an artist, is using the shelter because of leaks throughout his apartment from Hurricane Sandy.
“I would be useless,” he said of seeking refuge at the center. “I would be wet, without money and we wouldn't be able afford to fix the leaks.”
Cid said his job depends on his ability to draw, and he said he needs an environment that isn't wet, which makes the temporary shelter so important to him.
Councilman Eric Ulrich has surveyed the damage to parts of his district that was hit the hardest - the Rockaways and Breezy Point.
“The community has slowly begun the rebuilding process,” he said.
Ulrich said community members have been volunteering their time and donating hot food to the community.
When asked what the members of the Rockaways and Breezy Point really need, he said very simply, “power.”
“My people desperately need power to rebuild their lives and clean up,” he said. “We have more clothes and more bottles of water than we know what to do with. We need lights to be on and electric heaters.”
He went on to criticize Con Ed for focusing on Manhattan and forgetting about the outer boroughs, especially Queens.
“We need power and we need it turned on now,” he said.