Obama Offers Aid, Assurance to NY Storm Victims

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President Obama visited New York for the first time since superstorm Sandy devastated the area, making an aerial tour of portions of Queens before landing on Staten Island.

After taking time to speak with some of the storm's victims, the president promised the federal government would be a part of the rebuilding process but stressed that the clean-up process would take a long time.

"I'll be working with the members of Congress to do everything we can to get the resources needed to rebuild," he vowed.

"That spirit and sense of togetherness and looking out for one another is what is going to carry us through this tragedy. It's not going to be easy," the president said.

But for residents who are facing a third week with no power, frustrations continue to grow.

"Please help us because we don't know anything right now," one resident pleaded.

"We need shelter," another storm survivor said. "We need heat. We need funding."

CBN's Operation Blessing is also on the ground in New York, helping residents gut their homes and clean up debris.

The aid group is also distributing food, water, blankets, and many other much needed items. In Rockaway, N.Y., more than 300 families were served.

"This is what we do here. We help each other," one resident said. "It's not just like, 'Oh, you just fend for yourself and I'll just do what I gotta do for me.' We help each other. And I like Operation Blessing. I've watched The 700 Club. It's pretty good."

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