This is where you should go, Mr. President.
When you arrive in New York City on Thursday to witness the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, set the presidential limo GPS to 56-10 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway.
Walk through the quadrangle past the large, white Caterpillar generator that only started supplying limited electricity on Friday to the five-story dirty brick building that is part of the Edgemere projects, home to 14,000 people — most of whom live far below the poverty line.
Enter the narrow hallway and turn left and go knock on the door of Apt. 1G, where you will find a large beige masking-taped “X” on the door scribbled with black marker that 12 people and one cat live inside in four bedrooms that have had no heat or hot water since the day the storm hit.
“I would love President Obama to come and sit right here at my kitchen table,” says Anita Vaughan, 49, matriarch of this family that consists of her and her husband, Donald, four adult kids and six grandchildren under age 5. “I voted for Obama four years ago. I voted for him again last Tuesday.
So did all the other five adults here. . . . We only got lights on Friday. Tell him to wear a sweater because we have no heat.”
“And you can’t use any of the baseboard outlets or else they give you shocks,” says her son, Desmond, 22, whose cashier/grillman job he’s had for the past six years at the local McDonald’s was also washed out by Sandy.
“We can only run extension cords from the sockets up high where the water that flooded through the ground floor windows and up through the floors didn’t short circuit,” says Cynthia Torres, 20, holding her year-old baby, Jovan, on her lap.If the President shows up, he’ll have to forgive them for not wearing their Sunday best.
“Barack better not expect us to wear clean clothes if he comes because we haven’t been able to do any wash since the storm,” Anita Vaughan says, pointing to 17 heavy duty garbage bags of laundry lining the kitchen and foyer.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
NYCHA - No Visits To Help After Sandy, But The Rent Must Be Paid On Time
Denis Hamill in the New York Daily News: