Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and we encourage all of our readers to contribute to www.EmergencyChesedFund.com as we have. While tonight we will know who won or lost today’s election, today we already have a list of political winners & losers from Hurricane Sandy. We know its crass but the reality is that everything that happens in the real world has an impact on the political world. Here’s our take:
Winners & Losers of Hurricane Sandy
You may not want to hear it, but it’s true: the President looked very presidential this past week, leading the East Coast out of a crisis. By all accounts he stopped the momentum that Romney was getting and is now on-track to get re-elected tonight.
He’s one cool, calm and collected Governor. Plus all of his major responsibilities including trains & tunnels have gotten up and running before the city’s. Bonus: the economic development that FEMA dollars will bring will lower unemployment just in time for his run for president.
Much of his community has no power but the hard-working Assemblyman has been getting national press for his efforts. Even the President’s Chief of Staff paid him a visit in the Rockaways. Downside: If power doesn’t come back soon, his constituents’ patience may run out.
The Councilman’s office was open through the storm. He’s been working 24 hours a day and burning up Twitter (@NYCGreenfield) & Facebook helping his constituents with their problems. Bonus: Greenfield was one of the first to call for Mayor Bloomberg to cancel the marathon.
The former Deputy Mayor for Rudy Giuliani, and current CEO of the MTA, did a better job than anyone else after Hurricane Sandy. If the Republicans are still looking for a mayoral candidate in New York City, Joe should be their guy.
Sure, the Queens Councilman is working hard this week, but all those communities that the Republicans gerrymandered into his new senate seat are displaced and not likely to vote today. Upside: He’s now a leading contender for minority leader of the NYC Council.
New York’s moody mayor was off to such a good start but then he let his obsession with rich people’s sports get in the way. His focus on running the marathon will cement his reputation as a Mayor who could care less about the middle-class.
Inexplicably, Hikind chose to stay in Florida to campaign for Romney instead of coming back to Brooklyn to help his constituents. Hikind better hope Romney wins and finds him a job because many of his constituents are furious.
The Long Island Power Authority may have seen its last days in business. There is no excuse for the lack of power in Long Island and Far Rockaway. Governor Cuomo has promised to make LIPA pay.
The Republican County Executive swept into power promising change. If change means that your constituents are freezing and no one cares about them – well done. Expect Tom Suozzi to make a comeback next year.
(Dov Gordon – YWN)
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