November 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Headaches, heartache as Sandy’s U.S. death toll rises to 106

Editor's note: Promises of help to those affected by Superstorm Sandy became more specific Saturday, as officials got a better grip on how to overcome power and fuel shortages. Facing a backlash over initial plans to run the New York City Marathon as scheduled, officials canceled the event. Here is the full story and below is the latest news.

[Update at 3:50 a.m.] The number of customers without power dropped to 2.68 million, according to utility companies in 15 states and the District of Columbia

[Update at 10:59 p.m.] Remembering some of those tragically killed - young kids and their parents, alike - by Superstorm Sandy:

[Updated at 10:51 p.m.] President Barack Obama will helm a meeting Saturday morning involving several members of his Cabinet - including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu - and the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, a White House official said.

Top administration members will spend the day in some of the hardest-hit areas, according to the official. Napolitano will to go West Virginia and Long Island, New York; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Brooklyn and Manhattan; Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will head to Norwalk and Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will be in the Rockaways and Breeze Point, New York. Homeland Security adviser John Brennan, meanwhile, will be among the federal officials in Staten Island, New York, as well as the New Jersey cities of Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City.

[Updated at 10:26 p.m.] The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said all the airports it oversees - LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Stewart and Teterboro - "have resumed normal flight volumes." The George Washington, Goethals and Bayonne bridges are open, as is the Lincoln Tunnel. But traffic on the Holland Tunnel is restricted to one tube, and buses only.

Some significant challenges remain, however. PATH train services are suspended, and the "Port Authority's maritime facilities remain closed until further notice as recovery and clean-up efforts continue."

[Updated at 10:18 p.m.] As of Friday afternoon, more than 98,000 people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut had registered for federal assistance and more than $40 million in aid has been approved, FEMA said.

[Updated at 10:14 p.m.] Recreational vessels still can only enter or leave the Port of New York "to seek safe haven," though there is more movement of ships, tug boats and fuel barges than had been the case earlier, the Coast Guard reports.

The Manhattan and Bayonne cruise ship terminals are open, while the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal is still closed. Traffic is moving through Port Jersey Channel and Gravesend Bay anchorage, though Buttermilk Channel "is closed to all vessels not conducting surveys or debris retrieval operations."

[Updated at 9:44 p.m.] "Newark Switching Station has been fully repaired," Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker said. He predicted many substations would come on line soon and a significant number of city residents should get power back in the next 12 hours - though, for some, it might take four more days.

[Updated at 9:34 p.m.] The U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy is 106, up from 97 earlier in the day. State Police spokesman Adam Grossman said there were 22 storm-related deaths in New Jersey, where 13 had previously been reported.

[Updated at 8:35 p.m.] Wreckage remains in portions of Staten Island, including near New Dorp Beach, where homes and cars suffered major damage and trees, such as this one, were uprooted:

[Updated at 8:25 p.m.] Con Edison has "passed the halfway mark" toward restoring power to the roughly 910,000 customers left in the dark by Superstorm Sandy, said Senior Vice President John Miksad. With about 450,000 still without electricity, the official called the restoration effort the "most massive" ever in the New York utility's history.

[Updated at 8:18 p.m.] Hoping to decrease wait times and curb shortages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Friday tying whether a driver gets gas to his or her license plate number. It goes into effect in 12 counties at noon Saturday.

Under the order, on days that end in even numbers - such as November 4, 6 or 8 - gas station operators can sell gas only to those with license plates whose last digit is even. On odd-digit days, such as November 3, only those with plate numbers ending in an odd number or those with specialty plates can get gas. In New Jersey, only station attendants can pump gas.

[Updated at 7:58 p.m.] The Defense Logistics Agency, at President Barack Obama's direction, will buy up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel to bring to the areas hardest hit by this week's storm, FEMA said in a press release.

Transported on tanker trucks, the fuel will head toward New York, New Jersey and other areas that are experiencing severe gas shortages in the wake of Sandy.

[Updated at 7:37 p.m. ET] President Obama has authorized tapping the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve and distributing that fuel to "state, local and federal responders in the New York/New Jersey area," the U.S. Energy Department announced.

The fuel - which is loaned by the Energy Department, who will pass it onto Defense Department - will help power generators, water pumps, buildings, trucks and other vehicles. About 2 million gallons of fuel will be drawn down, with the Defense Department expected to replenish the stock within 30 days.

[Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET] The group behind the New York City Marathon - which was supposed to happen Sunday but was canceled - will donate supplies to storm relief efforts, the New York City mayor's office says.

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, speaking to reporters about the decision to cancel this year's New York City Marathon, said that the event was called off because many New York residents weren't behind it in the wake of Sandy.

"This year it had became divisive; it was not unifying," Wolfson said. "If all of New York is not behind it as it is every year, then it's (not the New York City Marathon)."

Marathon official Mary Wittenberg said many would-be runners had come to New York in the past few days, despite the storm, to show support for the city. She asked for the runners' understanding.

"We all think all somebody has to do is turn on the television, and I think we'll have their understanding," she said.

[Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET] New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson clarified to reporters that the New York City Marathon - which was scheduled Sunday but was canceled about an hour ago - will not be held until next year.

Asked if officials considered delaying the marathon for a week or two instead of canceling, marathon official Mary Wittenberg said a number of options were discussed, including shortening the race so that it didn't go through certain storm-damaged areas.

Wolfson followed up Wittenberg's comments by saying "we did not think at City Hall that that made sense."

"The marathon is a five-borough race. … A 10-mile race in a portion of the city is not the marathon we (know and want). We thought it would be better to cancel and have a great marathon next year,” he said.

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] The decision to call off the New York City Marathon will make sense to many residents of Staten Island, CNN's Deborah Feyerick reported from New York. The race would have started on Staten Island, where tens of thousands of people still are without power.

"Virtually every single person" who talked to Feyerick on Staten Island on Friday, before the event was canceled, expressed outrage at the prospect that the event could happen on Sunday, she said.

Piles of flood-damaged debris rest outside many Staten Island homes. Residents told Feyerick that resources that would be used by the marathon should be used to help recovery efforts - for example, buses that were to transport runners there should be used to take cleanup volunteers to the island, they said.

"Horrible idea ... disgusting ... that's just some of the words that I can repeat" on TV, Feyerick told CNN's Wolf Blitzer about Staten Island residents' feelings about previous reports that the marathon could go on.

[Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET] Here's a statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the decision to call off the New York City Marathon:

“The marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.

"We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event - even one as meaningful as this - to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”

The 26.2-mile course typically winds across New York's five boroughs, but does not include lower Manhattan, where heavy flooding left many neighborhoods in the dark.

The race had been scheduled to begin Sunday morning on Staten Island, where runners would have crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and run through Queens before crossing the 59th Street Bridge into Manhattan and the Bronx.

[Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET] Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday's New York City Marathon will not be held due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.

[Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET] Power is being restored to parts of lower Manhattan, Con Edison says:

Power company and elected officials hoped power would be restored to chunks of lower Manhattan this evening, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said minutes earlier.

Con Edison cautioned earlier that power might not immediately be available in flooded buildings.

Earlier Friday, Con Edison said it restored electrical service to 84,000 New York City’s Staten Island customers out of the 139,000-plus customers affected. It also said it was trying to restore power to about 570,000 customers in both New York City and Westchester County without power.

According to CNN's most recent count earlier this afternoon, about 3.3 million customers remained without power across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

[Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET] Officials in New York have been in meetings to determine whether Sunday's New York City Marathon will take place as scheduled, a New York official who declined to be named told CNN's Deb Feyerick. Another meeting was expected to take place within the next few hours, the official said.

[Updated at 4:26 p.m. ET] Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says he would favor postponing Sunday's New York City Marathon. As of now, the marathon is scheduled to go on.

"There are people suffering in ways that you can’t imagine ... and we want to help out people first," Stringer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer moments ago. He said it was a tough call, and he wasn't critical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has supported having the marathon go on.

"I think the mayor wants very much to show the world how resilient New Yorkers are … but I can’t help but think a generator that is serving the media tent in Central Park” would be better served assisting recovery efforts, Stringer said.

"In a close judgment call, I err on the side of caution. I've seen too many people waiting in lines for food," Stringer said.

Stringer said the city should focus first on recovery, and then making sure people can vote on Election Day, and then, only after these things are done, "we'll throw a marathon the world will be envious of."

Bloomberg has said that although the marathon will use up resources, they are not the type of resources that will help much with storm recovery.

[Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET] Some public schools in New York City will reopen Monday, the school system says.

Earlier today, CNN affiliate NY1 reported that eight high schools still will host evacuees on Monday, even if classes resume there.

[Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET] The number of deaths believed to be connected to Hurricane Sandy has risen to 97, according to state and local officials, up from CNN's previous count of 96. The latest death to be reported comes from New Jersey, where 13 fatalities have now been reported.

The count also includes 48 in New York state; 13 in Pennsylvania; 10 in Maryland; four in Connecticut; five in West Virginia; two in Virginia; one in North Carolina; and one on the HMS Bounty.

Deaths from Sandy also have been reported in Canada (two) and the Caribbean (67), bringing the total to 166.

[Updated at 3:14 p.m. ET] An update from Con Edison’s efforts to restore power in New York’s Westchester County:

And Manhattan in New York City:

Earlier today, Con Edison said it restored electrical service to 84,000 New York City’s Staten Island customers out of the 139,000-plus Staten Island customers affected. It also said it is trying to restore power to about 570,000 customers in both New York City and Westchester County without power.

According to CNN's most recent count earlier this afternoon, about 3.3 million customers remained without power across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] New York City's subway operator has released a map of where service has been restored as of Friday.

Jodi Kaplan told CNN's iReport.com that she rode a line that reopened Friday - Bronx to 34th Street - and that it "makes me feel like I am not trapped anymore."

"It feels like a trolley cart, there is only one line running,' she said. "It is huge and significant that some parts are starting to open."

[Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says blood donations are needed.

[Updated at 1:38 p.m. ET] More than $18 million in federal aid money has been dispersed so far, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Friday.

Much of that is in the form of rental assistance, which can extend for up to 18 months for those with major home damage.

“A lot of folks who flooded did not have flood insurance,” Fugate said.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET] The Red Cross has 4,000 disaster workers across storm damaged areas, with thousands more en route from other states, Charley Shimanski, the organization's vice president of disaster services, said Friday.

Nearly 7,000 people spent the night in emergency shelters across the region, including 30 shelters that opened in New Jersey, he said.

[Updated at 12:52 p.m. ET] At least 3.529 million customers remain without power, according to numbers provided by local providers.

[Updated at 12:42 p.m. ET] Trillions of dollars worth of stock certificates and other paper securities that were stored in a vault in lower Manhattan may have suffered water damage, CNNMoney reports.

[Updated at 12:37 p.m. ET] Rangers are trying to find a hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park by snows from the storm, CNN affiliate WBIR reports.

The hiker was able to make a cell call to police in Cherokee, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, according to the report. Rangers were dispatched to try to find the hiker, but they had to stop in a cabin overnight after walking nine hours and encountering snow drifts up to 5 feet deep, the report said.

Officials are considering a helicopter rescue after the hiker called police Friday morning to say he had made it through the night by may not be able to walk out, the report said.

[Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET] To make it easier for fuel to get into storm-damaged areas in the Northeast, the federal government has temporarily waived requirements that normally allow only U.S.-flagged ships to carry fuel into Northeastern ports.

The Department of Homeland Security has waived the Jones Act through November 13, allowing non-U.S. flagged ships to transport oil and gas from U.S. ports in the Gulf of Mexico to ports in the Northeast. The waiver is in the interest of “removing all the roadblocks and to make it as simple as possible,” a department spokesman said.

[Updated at 12:18 p.m. ET] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order waiving the state's requirements that fuel tankers register and pay a tax before unloading, he said in an afternoon press conference. This has been done to "accelerate the flow of gasoline," Cuomo said.

[Updated at 11:57 a.m. ET] County coroners in Pennsylvania have now reported 13 deaths believed to be related to Sandy, up from our previous count of nine, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. That brings the U.S. death toll to 96 and 165 on Sandy's full path from the Caribbean to Canada.

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Con Edison has restored electrical service to 84,000 Staten Island customers, according to a press release. More than 139,000 Staten Island customers were affected.

[Updated at 11:22 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 11:18 a.m. ET] Businesses had contributed more than $33 million in donations to Sandy relief as of early Friday, according to a tally from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civil Leadership Center, CNNMoney reports.

For more information on how you can help, see CNN's Impact Your World.

[Updated at 11:13 a.m. ET] The World Health Organization says 22 cholera treatment centers in Haiti were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and an increase in cholera alerts is being seen. Read more here.

[Updated at 10:52 a.m. ET] The Department of Energy reports 3.6 million customers without power across 11 storm-affected states as 9 a.m. ET.

[Updated at 10:29 a.m. ET] The recovery is under way in New Jersey.

[Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET] Here's a daunting thought for storm recovery efforts.

[Updated at 10:24 a.m. ET] There have been more than 100 altercations in gas station lines in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York since Thursday, Long Island Newsday reports.

[Updated at 10:17 a.m. ET] The National Weather Service has two warnings for people in the New York-New Jersey area for the next week: it's going to get cold and more rain, snow and gusty winds may be on the way.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s beginning tonight through the next week. "Those without power should be prepared for a number of cold nights ahead," forecasters said Friday.

In addition, a new coastal storm may hit the area next week. "This storm has the p0tential to bring strong gusty winds, rain/wintry precipitation, and coastal flood," the weather service said.

[Updated at 9:28 a.m. ET] A United Nations official says Hurricane Sandy has left as many as 1 million people in Haiti facing food shortages.

"We fear that a great deal of the harvest which was ongoing in the south of the country may have been destroyed completely,” Johan Peleman, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ operation in Haiti, said in a U.N. News Center report.

The nation's food supply was suffering from drought and the effects of Hurricane Isaac, which hit the country in August, before Sandy hit, he said. Plus, Haiti has 350,000 people living in camps established after a massive earthquake in January 2010 and those people still face problems getting enough food.

[Updated at 9:11 a.m. ET] A small piece of good news for New York City commuters.

[Updated at 8:49 a.m. ET]

[Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET] Five people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning in New Jersey since Monday, the Star-Ledger reports, as residents use gas- or diesel-powered generators to provide electricity in storm-damaged areas.

[Updated at 8:09 a.m. ET] Finding gasoline remains a problem in New York and New Jersey, CNNMoney reports.

Only 40% of the 2,944 gas stations tracked by AAA in New Jersey have power and are operational, according to Robert Sinclair, New York spokesman for the motorist group. He said only 35% of the 1,472 gas stations tracked by AAA on New York's Long Island are operational.

[Updated at 8:04 a.m. ET] In Crisfield, Maryland, flooding from Sandy has actually pushed coffins up from their graves, CNN affiliate WMDT reports.

"It's an airtight seal. When it's surrounded by water like that, the displacement of that coffin can actually lift that concrete lid right off," Philip Goldsborough of the Crisfield Volunteer Fire Company told the station.

[Updated at 7:54 a.m. ET] There are massive traffic backups on the Atlantic City Expressway, which connects the Jersey Shore to the Philadelphia area, this morning as property owners try to get to the shore to check on their holdings, CNN affiliate Philly.com reports.

[Updated at 7:18 a.m. ET] In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, banks are offering short-term loans and emergency credit limit increases to many East coast residents. Read the CNNMoney report.

[Updated at 7:13 a.m. ET] About 1.6 million customers in New Jersey are still without power on Friday morning, CNN afflilate News 12 New Jersey reports.

[Updated at 7:06 a.m. ET] Eight New York City high schools are expected to hold Superstorm Sandy evacuees and classes come Monday morning. CNN affiliate NY1 reports.

[Updated at 6:24 a.m. ET] More than 3.3 million customers in 15 states and the District of Columbia were still without electricity early Friday in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

[Posted at 6:19 a.m. ET] Superstorm Sandy did between $30 billion and $50 billion in economic damage, the catastrophe risk modeling firm Eqecat estimates. Insured losses will be between $10 billion and $20 billion, the firm says. Before the storm made landfall, the firm estimated Sandy's total losses at $10 billion to $20 billion. Read the CNNMoney report.

soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Jon rohr

    Only god loves new York city!

    November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Preacher

    Things will continue to be bad as long as long as the current administration is in office. Hurricanes. Tornados. Earthquakes. Disasters. Every country with a Muslim leader has these problems. Research has shown it is the Earth rejecting the false rule of the hedonists. To avoid further catastrophes and the coming 12/21/12 predictions we should vote republican.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Abraham

      Lack of morals in today's society is resulting in our planet rejecting mankind. Liberal democrats and feminist spread decadence that the earth is working against.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      agreed.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yeah.. ensuring that disaster aid is handed out by the local governments that have been DEVASTATED is the right course. "Well we had supplies but they were destroyed...oh well." Man that sounds like an excellent solution. Better yet... lets depend on private companies. "Oh? you don't have cash for water? too bad." You know what will really move this country forward... cutting the budget for revamping our industry. Forget preparedness... tax breaks TAX BREAKS FOR EVERYONE! What you fools fail to realize is that this country is connected. One major disaster affects us all. How about we invest in our children, we invest in our homeland, we prepare for disasters, and we ensure that America keeps running. If you want to live that awesome conservative ideal "every man for himself" move to the deep south. The rest of this country will continue on despite you. And yeah... even though it is annoying, we are compassionate enough to keep sending your poor red states aid.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      3 trolls in one thread? trolls of a feather i guess

      November 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dtcpr

    Firstly, this is not a political issue, this is a humanity issue. Clearly people have no heart or understanding within them. Secondly, the devastation and damage is not limited to evacuation zones. Not all of Manahattan was evacuated yet people are very much impacted by what has happened. I go to school in lower manhattan, not in the evacuation zone and my school sustatined damages, is unreachable by the subway and is still without power. Personally, I live in the suburbs about 50 mi. north of Mid-town Manhattan and many people will most likely go a week without power and as gas panic sets in people are hoarding gas for their generators, not leaving enough for the neighbors. It is going to get very cold and people are displaced from their homes as they become to cold to stay in. We have a large elderly community who need heat and food. NYSEG did not even come into town until Wednesday afternoon leaving every main road with large trees hanging over the road precariously on power lines. Our higway department CANNOT touch those trees without NYSEG assessing them. There were house fires with no fire crew to tend to them because they were unreachable. While this in no way compares to the total devestation of NJ and NYC people are impacted all over and insensitive comments are just not necessary. I think overall my town was very lucky, especially becasue we did not get a large rainfall, after Irene, many homeowners requried FEMA assitance because of signifigant basement fooding due to the many natural creeks, brooks, and lakes in town.

    I think people just need to realize that we are ALL HUMAN and all deserve respect, kindness and patience.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Granny blb

      Amen!

      November 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abraham

    Note that virtually all major disasters in the last 50 years have occurred in blue states. Louisiana , California, New York. New Jersey. All solid democrat. Maybe the higher powers are trying to tell you democrats something.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      i know you are trolling but ask 'democrat' texas how their drought and wildfires went.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • craig

      Ok, enough of the childish remarks, this is serious. People are suffering, we should be praying for them, not complaining about this or that, it is time to grow up . This is not about politics. Offer help not criticism.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Life

      You know – California REPUBLICAN GOV.; NJ REPUBLICAN GOV; VA REPUBLICAN GOV; FLA REPUBLICAN GOV...what are you talking about? You KNOW NOTHING.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Neal

    It is moral decadence causing these problems. Please note disasters rarely if ever happen in the red states. It is a democrat problem. Maybe a little cold weather will wisen them up.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol.
      How absurd can you get?
      Your moral barometer is WAY off, so get out of your pulpit, shed your false piety, and look up the meaning of the words "empathy" and "compassion".

      November 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynsey Pug

      Since when is Texas a blue state? Seems to me they've had plenty of wildfires and hurricanes, not to mention tornados.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Moral red states?
      Tell me that you're a troll.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Neal, please tell me your like 10 years old. If you are not my overall respect for an adult that even would think something so bizarrely moronic is so low I can not voice it here.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealNeal

      Either worst troll or dumbest thing i've heard today on here

      November 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alpha

      Did you hear about the electrical crews from Alabama that was turned away in Virginia from going to NJ because they were not Union......nice.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      Not true Alpha....just another GOP story they are trying to blame the POTUS for. You people are unbelievable....

      November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    I thought Obama was the great democrat savior. In 2008 you made him out to be. a deity. Why did he allow this to happen. Isn't he Obama The Magnificent?

    November 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I thought maybe, just maybe, you might be a person with some common sense, but judging by your comment, I'd say that theory is shot all to hell.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      no, its only the repubs that claim he is the messiah, they deify him on a regular basis.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      This is definitly Obama's fault. New Jersey is in ruins. I hope the democrats are happy now.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fuelld

    People need to be evacuated to a safer place, until the power is restored, maybe Philly? Boston??

    November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Yeah, relocate 8 million to areas already flooded?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • K W

      Why not the Astrodome?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Unless we find the funding for rebuilding our infrastructure, we will eventually have the world's most powerful military protecting a third world America.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Obama- the report that was just released from CIA, no one said stand down. It was the media reporting it, maybe your station Faux News.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NYVeteran

    Dear ING and Mayor Bloomberg,

    I cant believe that in the wake of Sandy that you are conducting a marathon. There is utter devastation here. Your runners are displacing homeless people from hotels. The food, water, police and resources are needed to relieve the misery, loss and death plaguing us. And the BEST you can do is run a sports event. Take the money and donate it or better yet get out there and help people. They need help. They need food. They need water. They need shelter. They need warmth. They DON'T need a marathon. Your CEO, Chairman and Board are way out of touch and quite frankly NUTS.

    A Bewildered NYer

    November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      I agree that a NYC marathon could be skipped.
      I have friends who can't go home, and one who can't get home.
      A marathon interrupts traffic. It's already hard to get around in the city.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      Its a tough call. I can see why they would cancel it and i can see why they would run it.
      I guess they are saying its a sign of normalcy, a sign of we will not be beaten by this and show defiance etc.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • K W

      agreed!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaIsWorseThanBush

      Where is FEMA and Obama. If they did their job with our tax dollars then we shouldn't have this kinds of problem. These guys are worse than Brown and Bush.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      Obamasworsethanbush, how is that the President's fault?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      BTW Obama got money into NJ's hands before Sandy hit. Shows how much you know...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Where is FEMA and Obama?
      Are you serious, or are you just trolling la di da?
      Cut the bull.
      How stupid.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      I hear Bloomberg and Obama were overlooking the devastation when Bloomberg turned to Obama and said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!"

      November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    This is happening because God is dead. Put your Bibles away and live for today, you have no afterlife to look forward to.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This is happening because weather happens.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

      Exactly the opposite is true. God finally had it with the greedy/obnoxious Americans. Everybody who does his/her job is a hero etc etc. This will be a weekend to be remembered with gas running out...millions in the cold without electricity etc. Better arm yourself bc the true american (not the helping your neighbor but the it's me and nobody else) spirit will shine. Oh...and enjoy the NYC marathon and football game. Now we talking!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island) is dumb

      We should listen to anything you say with your choice of user name? Get a life. You have no credibility at ALL.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alois Schicklgruber

      Yeah. It's in poor taste. Idiot.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ObamaIsWorseThanBush

    96 dead and Janet Napolitano still has a job? Why is that? Michael Brown lost his job long before this many death.
    Where is Obama? Janet needs to get fired and get someone that can do the job right. While at it, fire Eric Holder for not finishing investigation into Fast and Furious that got Americans killed.
    Obama needs to do his job even if he is getting fired soon...
    At least he doesn't have to cover up for his failed economic policies since he will be unemployed. Trillion a year deficit, new record, New World Record first time in history.

    – Non-White Libertarian

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      We all know it's because Obama is the God of choice for the lib media. I hear Bloomberg and Obama were overlooking the devastation when Bloomberg turned to Obama and said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!"

      November 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      Money was given to NJ before Sandy hit. Gas and generators have already been sent and have arrived. Obama has already toured the devastation with Christie. Christie has already praised Obama and FEMA for their help. Romney's pittbull is on Obama's side.....

      November 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, you haven't had the POTUS visit you personally yet?
      I'm SURE that's an oversight, and he'll be along to visit you any moment now.
      Dolt.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama's Appointment Keeper

      The President has you down for 4:15 tomorrow. Is that soon enough?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      That pitbull just took a good long whiz on the claim that the Governor's party cannot act for the greater good. That is more likely to bite the prez on the fantail right now, bczu.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. ted

    I hear Bloomberg and Obama were overlooking the devastation when Bloomberg turned to Obama and said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job!"

    November 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Colonel

      Well that's a silly comment. And I must say, I don't get it.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      Your comment shows you do get it, otherwise you wouldn't realize there was something to "get." Typical lying lib.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Honest Abe

    I think it is Philip's fault.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally Mander

      I think you're a troll. I'm right.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jersey Jane

    It has been almost a week. Why isn't the Obama administration doing something to help? People are cold. Homes have been destroyed. Now there is no gas. Looting is going on. Why isn't Obama helping us?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Palmer

      Obama doesn't care. He already has the New York and New Jersey vote wrapped up. He's concerned with Ohio now. Looks like New York will have to make it in their own.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally Mander

      Mittens has already sold New York and New Jersey to China. Sorry, folks! You've been outsourced!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      What have you done?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jersey Jane is dumb

      He'll get to rebuilding your house as soon as you quit whining. Trollolololol.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TvNyC

    Unfortunately the death toll may wind up to 106 fatalities

    November 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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