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Politicians, Residents Blast House For Not Voting On Sandy Bill

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The state's congressional delegation slammed House leadership Wednesday for delaying a vote on aid for Hurricane Sandy, a sentiment shared by residents of Broad Channel. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The news of delay in Sandy aid didn't sit well in Queens.

"I think they should all be fired," said Eric Mundy, a lifelong Broad Channel resident. "I think they are a bunch of bums. They didn't do their jobs."

Late Wednesday, Republican leaders in Congress assured New Yorkers, like Mundy, that a vote on the first installment of Hurricane Sandy aid would come later this week. That was after local leaders spent much of the day blasting Washington gridlock.

"It was a disgrace. I believe it was a dereliction of duty," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "And to leave New York and New Jersey and thousands of people in this holiday season on their own and abandoned was wrong."

Going against his own party, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn't hold back, either.

"That's the way the citizens of New York and New Jersey were treated last night, on a political chessboard of internal palace intrigue politics," Christie said. "Our people were played last night as a pawn."

While much of the region's leaders jumped on the GOP for delaying Hurricane Sandy aid, the response was far less dramatic from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Look, I am disappointed that the Hurricane Sandy bill was not brought up," he said. "I am still optimistic that it will pass. And it's not for me to second guess how you run a legislative body."

In Queens, Washington politics was much more personal. Homeowners there said they felt like they were abandoned.

"A lot of people support the Republican party," said Magna Auletta, a Broad Channel resident. "And we need a lot of help."

Like Mundy. His patriotism still hangs on the mailbox, but that may be all that's left of it.

"I have very little faith in government right now," Mundy said.

Until he hears otherwise, Mundy will continue to do it on his own, without Washington.

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