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Stalled Vote On Sandy Relief Draws Fire In Big Apple

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TWC News: New Yorkers Blast Failed Vote On Sandy Relief
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The lack of action on the Sandy relief bill has left many New Yorkers angry and frustrated. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Staten Islanders on their way to work Wednesday had one question for leaders in the House of Representatives: Why would they have any doubt about helping states ravaged by Sandy?

"Totally insane, we need the money now," said one Staten Island resident.

"They should think about people that are in need, in desperate need, still in need, it's freezing in New York, New Jersey, everyone who was affected, and we need help," said another Staten Island resident.

"We should be taking care of our people first," noted a third commuter.

Staten Island was one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, so residents were passionate about the need for funding to help people get their lives back together.

"Are you kidding me? It's a disaster, we have to rebuild," said one Staten Island resident.

"That's pretty crazy. Especially with what happened over on Staten Island. Definitely need some money over there," said another Staten Island resident.

"I have a lot of friends who still are homeless, their houses washed out, their garages are full of junk. It's just terrible, terrible, it's unfair," said a third Staten Islander.

Most people who spoke with NY1 blamed Washington politics for the lack of rapid assistance for storm recovery.

"My thought is that unfortunately the congress is somewhat dysfunctional at this point," said one New Yorker.

"This is what we do, this is how we do it, it's all about the money, you know what I'm saying," said another New Yorker.

"They should understand the needs of the citizens of this country," added a third New Yorker.

One man put it very simply, saying lawmakers should "get their act together."

Another Staten Islander said the news initially left him speechless but posed the following question: For all the people whose lives were changed by the disaster, why wouldn't you want to help them?

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