Hurricane Sandy Exposed Our Political Failure

Hot air being pumped into a Financial District building in an attempt to dry it out following Superstorm Sandy on November 19, 2012. Photograph by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Even if I weren’t a native New Yorker, I would have been moved by the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused when it converged with another large storm in the Northeast. Widespread power outages left millions in the dark; entire neighborhoods were reduced to rubble; the topography of the Jersey shore changed overnight; and a nearly 14-foot storm surge flooded lower Manhattan.

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