“Half the polling sites are underwater, they have no power,” Senator Joe Addabbo said of his district. “The Board of Elections will make a decision, but I don’t know how they’ll do it. People still have to vote for the President. But for residents, Election Day is the furthest thing from their mind. They have to patch their lives back together.”
In addition to giving props to the region’s political leaders for their handling of Hurricane Sandy, Daily Show host Jon Stewart humorously addressed Downtown Manhattan’s lack of electricity.
Tell us how you really feel, Councilman Jimmy Oddo: “To go from seeing carnage in community into my car to hear another campaign ad on radio makes me sick. pull the ads in tristate assholes.”
Council Speaker Christine Quinn explained her role in the crisis on Inside City Hall. “The Speaker’s Office, we have a desk at the Office of Emergency Management staffed 24 hours a day in these types of situations,” she explained. “So council members know, get us what’s going on in your district, so we have, minute-by-minute, getting emails and calls from council members–this is a problem, that’s a problem, that’s a problem–we then are at OEM, we can dispatch those calls directly to the agencies and get them addressed.”
In the same interview, host Errol Louis made an interesting point. “I heard about the fatalities, we’ve got a pretty good list from the police department. I started mapping some of them….with only a couple exceptions, they were mostly not in the evacuation zones,” he said. “For the most part, if you compare the actual number of people who actually died, and were in that zone when they probably shouldn’t have been, and you compare that to the 300,000 or 400,000 people living in the area, it was by and large, I would say, pretty successful whether people left or not.”
Congressman Michael Grimm got some good news today in the form of a Siena College poll showing his lead expanded to a gigantic 18 points over Democratic challenger Mark Murphy. Even if it’s an outlier, these numbers have got to be concerning to Democrats, as the topline is pretty reasonable compared to the 2008 presidential election, with Mitt Romney holding a 3 point lead over the president. John McCain won the district by exactly the same margin. Cross-tabs here.
(Siena polled two other races further Upstate as well, more on that here.)