@andersoncooper hey anderson plz bring some attention to staten isl. We need help bad. The red cross is no where to be found.thx buddy—
Jeremy Luke (@JeremyLukeTurbo) November 02, 2012
Staten Island borough president James Molinaro’s angry and impassioned press conference earlier today seems to have drawn attention to the plight of the borough’s citizens. Molinaro appeared live on “Anderson Cooper 360″ Thursday night to continue to plead for help for Staten Island.
RIP to the 19 dead on Staten Island. It's a disgrace that no one is showing what is actually going on here.—
Lauren Fiore (@laurenxashlee) November 02, 2012
Molinaro told Cooper that he realized that “governing by yelling” wasn’t the ideal approach, but his angry words had brought attention to the needs of his borough.
What outburst? This outburst, in which Molinaro called the emergency response an “absolute disgrace” and advised the people of Staten Island to not donate to the Red Cross:
WOAH: "Do not donate to the Red Cross. Let them get their money elsewhere!" – James Molinaro, Staten Island Borough Pres.—
Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) November 01, 2012
Where is the Red Cross? Has anyone seem them in Lower Manhattan or Staten Island?—
Marc Schiller (@MarcDSchiller) November 01, 2012
Sandy is a lot like Katrina. Nobody is helping this poor victims on Staten Island. Heartbreaking. Where is the Red Cross?—
Craig Conner (@craigsconner) November 01, 2012
Where is the Red Cross? The organization reached out via Twitter mid-afternoon, perhaps in response to Molinaro’s stinging criticism.
It was just announced that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Staten Island tomorrow morning to survey the damage.