Boroughs left out in the cold - Metro US

Boroughs left out in the cold

Did the December blizzard miss four boroughs?

The snowstorm pummeled the entire city, but only Staten Island has been richly rewarded with a presidential disaster declaration.

“We were really surprised [no other boroughs were recognized],” said Dennis Michalski, the state’s Office of Emergency Management spokesman.

The declaration gives Staten Island an unspecified amount of funds to reimburse money spent on snow removal, like overtime and equipment.

The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn were all denied help, a decision that Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn council member, called “mind-boggling.”

“I don’t understand any calculation that says South Brooklyn residents should not get money,” he said.

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