President Obama Visits Staten Island Post Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo Accompany
Nov 15, 2012 04:07 PM EST
(Photo : Reuters)
President Barrack Obama paid a visit to the hurricane Sandy ravaged regions of Staten Island New York on Thursday. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer joined the president on his visit to area.
"We're gonna have to put some of the turf battles aside, we're gonna have to make sure that everybody's focused on doing the job, as opposed to who's getting the credit or who's getting the contracts, or all that stuff that sometimes goes into the rebuilding process," said President Obama "During difficult times like this, we're reminded that we're bound together. And we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important - the petty differences - melt away," as reported by CBS News.
The president said that this will not be his last visit and that he will continue to visit New York and other regions damaged by the hurricane ""until rebuilding is complete," as reported by CBS News.
The president named Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as the "point person."
Many New Yorkers continue to suffer from the damages caused by the largest storm to hit the East Coast. While most of the transit system of the city has been restored. Some regions are still facing power problems. The shortage of gas continues to plague the city and Long Island to such as extent that 'gas-rationing' continues to be implemented in the regions.
The problem is not the scarcities of gas per say, but the damage caused by the storm to the pipelines at various gas stations has resulted in the problem.
According to a report by the Associated Press, "millions of gallons of gasoline are sitting at the ready in storage tanks, pipelines and tankers that can't unload their cargoes."