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Angry New Yorkers say Obama pledge to cut red tape ignored by FEMA



Fox News – by Perry Chiaramonte

Storm-ravaged New Yorkers say President Obama’s promise to cut red tape and get them aid in the aftermath of Sandy has proven to be hot air.

Angry citizens vented at FEMA officials at a town hall meeting held by the disaster relief agency Thursday, with tempers boiling over. Some 1,000 people, many left homeless by the Oct. 29 storm, attended the meeting at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. They were initially scheduled to submit written questions that would be picked and answered at random, but the session turned into an angry shouting match where residents booed FEMA officials and accused them of lying.

“We are the people – we are the middle class, and we are getting the finger,” said frustrated resident Scott McGrath, who personally spoke to President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they came to Staten Island to inspect storm damage earlier this month. “You were there when I met Obama, and I told the president … that the middle class was getting the royal finger. And he said, ‘FEMA works for me.’”

“FEMA ain’t doing nothing,” McGrath added. “They keep going around in circles.”

The storm made landfall on the coast of southern New Jersey and traveled north, leaving a swath of death, destruction and darkness. Some 125 people were killed, including 48 in New York. It’s been estimated that half of the city’s deaths occurred in Staten Island. Millions were left without power for weeks by the storm, which also caused widespread gasoline shortages.

Obama addressed the nation from FEMA headquarters in Washington on Nov. 3, promising to cut red tape and bring the full force of FEMA to hard-hit residents.

“What I told the governors and the mayors is what I’ve been saying to my team since the start of this event, and that is we don’t have any patience for bureaucracy, we don’t have any patience for red tape, and we want to make sure that we are figuring out a way to get to yes, as opposed to no, when it comes to these problems,” Obama said.

On Nov. 15, Obama came to Staten Island, where he repeated his pledge.

A top FEMA official said agency workers understand the public’s frustration, but he defended their performance in the wake of the storm.

“We have already put $700 million directly in the hands of victims,” Michael Bryne, federal coordinating officer for FEMA told FoxNews.com. “In my opinion, I think that reflects a minimum of red tape.

“In the days after, we surveyed the damage from helicopter and for every home we found completely damaged, we immediately sent a couple months’ of rent assistance before we even had inspectors on the ground,” he added.

Byrne said more help his on the way, adding that the agency has 3,000 families enrolled in its shelter program and is working with the city on providing a rapid repair program to help get people back in their homes while longer-term repairs are completed.

Thursday’s meeting was organized by Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, many of whose constituents have been left without homes, food or clothing. The auditorium was so crowded that many people were turned away at the door. FEMA officials dutifully absorbed the gripes, took down contact information and promised to meet privately with homeowners.

But residents showed little confidence that the agency would help, and they said they’ve been left to fend for themselves.

“Our communities are helping,” said Nicole Chati, to cheers from the audience. “Red Cross comes by, rings our bell, says, ‘Come get a hot meal’ and leaves. We help each other and that’s what we want to do, but we need your support.

“These people are frustrated,” she added. “Lives were lost. My house … I can rebuild my house. My neighbor is dead.”

Aiman Youssef, who has been living in a tent since the storm hit, said he is worried about health risks.

“The air quality in this town is very bad,” he said. “We are sick. What can you do about it?”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/30/staten-island-residents-vent-frustration-at-fema-other-agencies-during-town/#ixzz2Dzrsgn5n

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5 Responses to Angry New Yorkers say Obama pledge to cut red tape ignored by FEMA

  1. robertsgt40 says:

    Ironically, there’s always plenty of money for the war effort

  2. Pringle says:

    A few billion more to give to Israel – 12 billion a week on the wars – and you the people can just go to hell – welcome to America.

  3. Whizerd67 says:

    “FEMA works for me…..”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That sure says it all, doesn’t it? That was a blatant dictator answer..”I don’t have to answer your concerns..it doesn’t concern you.” comes to mind immediately.

    If the answer to that wasn’t “And YOU sir, work for ME, and the rest of the people here!”…then you should have just stopped the article at that point.

    No disrespect to anyone involved with this particular article…just my take on it.
    It DOES need to be addressed in a major way….but getting angry about not having to or being able to rely on corruption in the ‘govt’ to get you started rebuilding yourselves? Seems catch-22 to me. Not saying that you don’t need help…I’d help you myself If I were able…but you don’t need help getting YOURselves together and getting most of it done. Isn’t that what a proud human would do? Isn’t that what real humans, much less Americans, are supposed to do for each other?

    Maybe it’s just me….*shrug*..I dunno anymore.

    FEMA~Fraudulent Entity Massacring Americans.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      That’s why they’re sheeple and we’re not.

      They’re still under the distinct impression that FEMA should be doing exactly what they were ‘supposedly’ created to to do in the first place

      You know, like actually HELPING the victims of disasters.

      Not a huge market for the red pill currently.

  4. NC says:

    ““What I told the governors and the mayors is what I’ve been saying to my team since the start of this event, and that is we don’t have any patience for bureaucracy, we don’t have any patience for red tape, and we want to make sure that we are figuring out a way to get to yes, as opposed to no, when it comes to these problems,” Obama said.”

    Obama’s infamous colorful words of false hope and change to pretend that he actually cares for the people and is doing something about it, but at the same time, has no plans whatsoever on how to accomplish that hope and change. Like the symbol of his entire presidency.

    Obama’s presidency reminds me of Dennis Hopper’s character, Deacon, in the movie, “Waterworld” after he stirs up hope into the crowd by telling everyone on his ship to row for Dry land, but never telling them where to row. Then his friend, Nord asks him in private:

    “Nord: So which way we rowin’?
    Deacon: I don’t have a goddamn clue. Don’t worry, they’ll row for a month before they figure out I’m fakin’ it.”

    Sheeple. Like the Deacon character, Obama will say the same hope rhetoric again and again because the sheeple are so dumb and naive.

    (Side note: I know “Waterworld” was a horrible movie, but this is one thing that fits well with Obama’s hope and change rhetoric.)

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