"Election? What election?" must be the thinking of the residents today on Tuesday November 6.
"Hurricane damage? What hurricane damage?" must be the thinking of most of the US mainstream media, whose coverage of the Hurricane Sandy damage in the northeast US has been minimal; what little they've reported is mostly about Manhattan, or about President Obama's very brief visit to New Jersey.
The Staten Island Borough President says "It's like a third-world nation."
And "Nor'Easter" is coming.
From Fox News New York (11/6/2012):
Plea for underwear on Staten Island
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says the people of his community are in desperate need of fresh underwear.
"It's like a third-world nation," Molinaro said in a phone interview on Tuesday's Good Day New York.
He says so much other clothing has been donated that they are not accepting anymore.
"What we do need right now is underwear; undergarments for children and adults," Molinaro says. "That we need desperately."
Molinaro says that people can bring underwear to Miller Field on Father Capodanno Blvd. or New Dorp Lane.
The Borough President is very concerned about the storm that is expected to hit the island on Thursday.
"The protection we had at the shoreline is all gone," Molinaro says. "A lot of our berms are gone."
He says a five foot storm surge could create new devastation.
"The problem that we're having is that there are so many people without electric, in homes that are partially destroyed, they're afraid of looters and we have to reach them."
As for the election, he says that is not high on his list of priorities.
"I have not checked on the voting process. I'm not concerned about it. I'm not interested at all. I got people that are still trapped in their houses. Hundreds of people are without lights. Hundreds and hundreds of people are without shelter and we have a major storm coming. The furthest thing from my mind is the voting."