In Staten Island, a Rush to Return to Normalcy After Superstorm Sandy

BY Larisa Epatko  November 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM EST

In Staten Island, one of New York City’s boroughs hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, custodians worked quickly to clean up schools that had functioned as shelters in time for classes to restart on Monday. Centers for residents to pick up donated supplies and receive counseling also opened for business.

After Sunday’s New York City marathon was cancelled, some runners chose to stay in the area anyway to help clear away debris, reported Ryan Lavis of the Staten Island Advance.

“I was extremely upset when I first found out they canceled the marathon,” he quoted one would-be marathoner, John Stringer, as saying. “But after looking at the devastating damage, I think they should have canceled it even sooner.”

Local news outlets reported that most public schools in the borough reopened Monday and would close for the day Tuesday as planned for the election.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency set up a mobile disaster relief center in Staten Island so residents could receive federal, state and local government assistance, all in one place.

On Friday’s NewsHour, Ray Suarez spoke to New York Times reporter Patrick McGeehan about the cleanup efforts in New York’s five boroughs, and how State Island officials felt like they had been forgotten:

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