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January 3rd, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Superstorm Sandy survivor on lack of political aid: "It's disgraceful, it's unconscionable...I'm amazed that it's taken this long to address"

Roughly two months since the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Ray Marten and his family to share insight on Congress' refusal to move forward with a vote that would provide aid to those impacted.

Joined by his wife Linda and their four children, Marten expressed intense displeasure with the lack of progress on relief efforts:

"It's disgraceful. It's unconscionable. It's two months since the storm has hit. I'm quite frankly amazed that it's taken this long to address," said the man who lost his home to a fire as part of the storm. "It should never have come to this point. It should never have been on the heels of the fiscal cliff. This is something that should have been addressed within days if not a week or two after the storm had hit."

Joining guest host Wolf Blitzer, the Bell Harbor, New York resident pledged to speak out if he and his neighbors aren't promised help in the near future:

"Small businesses, mom and pop shops, are destroyed. Unable to open their doors, to feed their families. This aid bill would go a tremendously long way in helping these people," shared Marten. "Is it going to be addressed? It certainly seems to me like my politicians are going hear from me and from my community if this is not addressed."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Marten and his family share details of their struggles related to the storm.
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  1. Thomas Duke

    So let me get this straight.... There was 20 billion dollars worth of distruction but we need to spend 60 billon dollars without even looking at the wasteful projects that have been added to the bill? And how much did Katrina cost us? http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/hurricane-sandy-vs-hurricane-katrina/

    January 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kalkris

    @Thomas Duke: Compared to the cost of Katrina, Sandy should be a breeze (pun unintended) for our government to pay off for. That said, comparing the two is like comparing Hitler to Stalin... It's pointless. Utterly pointless.

    January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sammieb51

    Smaller government - we want smaller government. We don't need these bohemeth services ..... Oh yeah, until we need them. We want what we want when we want it and when we want it it had better be paid for by someone else and it had better be there within minutes of having all utility infrastructure, homes and businesses washed away. Oh and yeah and we don't need insurance to cover these losses. Oh yeah and we don't need to change any building codes or observe any sort of coastal set backs like they do in the "real" hurricane zones in the Florida!! GMAB.

    January 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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