Anderson Cooper interviews Jon Candelaria, a New York resident who saved a cab driver engulfed by floodwaters during Sandy. Candelaria risked his own life to carry the driver to safety after he spotted the man from his apartment window coming down a road that was closed.
"I knew he was in trouble," says Candelaria about the moment the car spun and was in the deepest part of the water. "I just acted...I didn't think about my well-being." His gear consisted of a North Face jacket, shorts and sneakers - in water that came up to his chest.
By the time he reached the taxi, the water had risen to the driver's chin. The two men worked together to pry the door open when the wind calmed. "It was like something from the movies," says Candelaria.
Filed under: Hurricane Sandy
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says "things are looking up," now that he's receiving more aid for victims from the federal government.
New York State Staten Island Assemblywoman Malliotakis tells Anderson Cooper that her community is struggling and could use the New York City Marathon resources. She says they now have volunteers and donations, but immediately after Superstorm Sandy, they lacked the supplies and assistance they needed.
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. He never writes back. It seems to work that way.
Dear Mr. President,
So New York City decided to cancel the big marathon late this evening. As a dedicated runner with a fair number of friends who were set the run, I understand their disappointment. You train for many months for such an event. You invest effort, money, and scads of time. But that said, I also understand how officials ultimately concluded that canceling was the best decision.
Deciding what to do in difficult times is never easy, and there is no playbook. Heck, who am I telling? I guess every president knows that. Often the circumstances of the moment can be interpreted in widely different ways, and deciding which course of action is best is tough.
I imagine that is how you’ve felt each time a jobs report has come out, as it did this morning. On one hand, any progress is a good thing, at least compared to losing ground. On the other hand, when the progress is slow (as this as undeniably been) you have to wonder from time to time if the path you’ve chosen is really the best.
Certainly Governor Romney would have people believe it is not. He’d love to see Americans, en masse, turning against you and your policies. But despite the creeping progress of the recovery, they’ve seemed disinclined toward that. That’s good news for you. Hard luck for him.
Still, if you emerge from this election as the winner, I think you might want to at least think very hard about how we are progressing on the jobs front and once again ask yourself what I am sure you have asked many times: Is there something else we can do? Free of the campaign perhaps you’ll have some new inspirations.
Maybe not…but it’s worth a shot.
I hope all is well. Call if you get a moment.
Relief groups are working to make sure everyone affected by the storm is cared for, and you can help.
Help Staten Island – The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has established an account earmarked solely for Staten Island hurricane relief. Those who wish to donate may visit: www.tunneltotowers.org and click on “Hurricane Sandy.” You will then be able to choose the amount of your donation as well as select “Staten Island” as the location you wish your money to benefit.
You may also send a personal check made out to the T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, with “Staten Island” in the memo field, to :
T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
Tunnel to Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306
Donate blood – The Red Cross had to cancel about 300 blood drives because of the storm and supplies are running low. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area. The New York Blood Center is also collecting blood donations in the New York/New Jersey area.
Filed under: Hurricane Sandy
Jon Candelaria is being hailed as a hero for pulling a man out of rushing floodwaters during Superstorm Sandy. He did what most hope to have the courage to do in a life or death emergency.
The 25-year-old father was in his family’s Upper East Side apartment on Monday night when he looked out the window and saw an SUV taxi lifted by the powerful force of water beneath it. While his mother tried to reach 911 for help, Candelaria went to save the driver who was nearly drowning. The water was up to Candelaria’s chest, but he managed to pry open the door, with the driver’s help, just in time.
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