After the Storm
WASHINGTON — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Washington D.C. today meeting with lawmakers and other officials about his request for billions of dollars in federal aid to help the city recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last month in New York. Though many City residents affected by Sandy have had some criticism about FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s response to the storm, at a press conference in the Capitol Building this afternoon, Mr. Bloomberg said he didn’t have a single issue with the federal followup to the hurricane.
President Obama’s trip to Staten Island today was filled with thanks from local elected officials and residents who praised him for showing up and for the government’s response to Hurricane Sandy. However, there were also signs some Staten Islanders were dissatisfied with the aid they’ve received since the storm.
President Barack Obama may be coming under increasing scrutiny for his increasingly ambiguous position on gay marriage, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while stating it would factor into his endorsement, declined to pile on during a press conference this afternoon.
“You’d have to ask the president, he’s going to decide what he believes and what he wants to do,” he said in response to BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray asking him if he felt Mr. Obama should come out fully and support the issue. “I don’t think it’s any question about what I think is right.”