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  • 11 November 2012, 3:59

Bloomberg: Sandy Power Cuts 'Not Acceptable'

The Mayor of New York has told Sky News that it is not acceptable that so many homes are still without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking at a gathering of volunteers heading to help the residents of Staten Island, Michael Bloomberg said he had faith in the city's ability to recover from the storm.

"My priority is to tell people help's on the way," he said. 

"We've got it all organised and it's going great. All these volunteers are making an enormous difference."

Asked whether it was acceptable for so many people to be without power, Mr Bloomberg replied: "It's certainly not acceptable. We're doing everything we can to make it better."

Mr Bloomberg then visited Staten Island residents in their homes, which were damaged when the storm sure struck on October 29.

Alex and Melissa Tacaronte met the Mayor in their home on Roma Drive.

Alex told Sky News: "He didn't tell us much. He said they're trying to set up some stuff with local contractors to come and help us, but as you can see it's the volunteers here helping us now."

"The only people helping us here is the community."

Melissa added: "I think it was more a photo op that he came for. These are the guys that are here. They'll clear us out, but we still have to rebuild."

"It's better because we have our friends here to help us."

Hundreds of volunteers travelled to the island to help residents. They brought water and food as well as cleaning equipment and shovels.

The debris from storm damaged homes was taken away by bulldozers and dumped at a temporary tip set up in the town's park.

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