FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens- A parade of politicians arrived at devastated areas hit by Superstorm Sandy six months ago. Even former President Bill Clinton made an appearance. At each press opportunity, a trail of cameras clicked away and victims and survivors who lost homes and belongings held on to every one of the words they heard from politicians at all levels of government.
Impacted Sandy victims grasped at whatever hope they could. Today, however, while great strides and progress have been made in some areas, there are others who continue to suffer and are now wondering where our politicians are now.
The Ocean Bay Community Center run by The Action Center in Far Rockaway saw devastation first hand. The center was initially flooded with attention, but now they say their community is being ignored.
“We had everybody here. We even had the Governor here, State Senators, Congressmen, everybody but it’s been awhile since we’ve seen any politician,” said Semeo Doe, Founder of the Action Center.
At its peak, the Far Rockaway center served up to 3,000 people a day to supply food, clothing and other vital resources and even today, the group still assists 100 to 250 people on a given day.
“Maybe some of these people wanted publicity and now that they’ve gotten it and now that things have settled down we’ve not seen any of them,” Doe said.
In New Jersey on Sandy’s 6 month anniversary, Governor Chris Christie acknowledged Sandy was unlike any other storm the region had ever seen and work is far from over.
“We are not here to take a victory lap because we know we have not achieved victory yet. We are here to remind you we will not forget you,” Governor Christie said.