As New York City continues recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy – a weather event described by many as the worst in the city's history – on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" shed some much-needed light on the seemingly forgotten borough of Staten Island.
Joining Piers Morgan live, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis attempted to explain why her region has been so neglected:
"We're having a hard time communicating, across this borough, to city officials, and I don't think that the mayor, or other officials knew the devastation that was here until they came here today and actually saw the damage," she told the host. "It's is completely devastating. We have people here without food, water, clothes ... the impact of the storm, I can't even describe. We've never faced anything like this before."
Today Michael Bloomberg announced that Sunday's New York City Marathon will proceed as scheduled, despite the fact that the starting line is located in Staten Island. Needless to say, Malliotakis does not agree with the mayor's decision to run the race:
"It's an absolute disgrace. It is an insult to the people of this borough who are suffering such a tragedy," she insisted. "To take away even one policeman from our borough, this disaster here, to put it to supervise a marathon I think is a wrong move. We can't afford to give up any resources right now and we're still helping people that need to be saved from their homes, that need to be evacuated."
As the interview continued, Morgan then welcomed Anthony Heyne, a State Island resident forced to rescue his brother through the window of his truck as Sandy devastated the area.
Standing beside Malliotakis on New Dorp Beach, Heyne detailed the situation three days since the storm:
"Right now we all need help. Like we need as much help as we can down here."
Having lost his aunt on 9-11, Heyne revealed that this most-recent tragedy has been just as trying:
"It's not right, like, everybody is down here. We're all helping each other, but we need more people to come down and help. We need supplies, we need as much as we can."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Malliotakis and Heyne share further details of the devastation being faced in Staten Island.
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