In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Lenora Fulani from the All Stars Project and State Senator Malcolm Smith in the devastated community of Far Rockaway. People in the seaside housing projects were without food, water, heat or electricity and very isolated 72 hours after the storm. On Thursday, we spent the day working to get services into the community. After seeing the situation, we had our network lobby the Red Cross. Dr. Fulani and Sen. Smith then called the Mayor and he responded and within 5 hours the National Guard and Red Cross established 4 food distribution sites. On Saturday, we went back to check in and to see how things we going… relief efforts are continuing and there has been an outpouring of volunteers. One of the things the Storm exposed, is the extent of poverty in our city. This is the issue that animates me as a political activist and political independent.