Poor Staten Island

Staten Island got hit pretty badly by Hurricane Sandy.

According to the New York Daily News, 16 Staten Island residents lost their lives, and countless more lost their homes, cars, and other property.

In fact, a lot of people are pissed, and rightfully so, that things like preparing for the NYC Marathon are receiving priority over rescue and rebuilding activity:

But a growing and bipartisan chorus of Staten Island pols complained their borough was getting short-changed by a mayor more intent on getting Manhattan up and running. They’re especially irate that the New York City Marathon, which kicks off Sunday on Staten Island, is still scheduled to happen.

Staten Island is the “ground zero” of Sandy damage, said State Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat.

“We’ve been devastated on Staten Island,” she said. “I don’t think people appreciate just how bad it is on Staten Island. We are screaming for help on Staten Island.”

Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Cusick said the people in his borough “feel left out” from the recovery efforts.

This situation seems to make the above photo metaphorical for the whole mess. The side of the bridge that isn’t lit up is the Staten Island side. So people crossing the Verrazano are literally driving into darkness.

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