Storm clean-up continues as election approaches

Two-hour waits at gas stations are the norm in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
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Officials in areas hard hit by Sandy are optimistic that voting will move forward without major disruptions Tuesday.

For the first time in over four decades, Sunday's New York City Marathon was canceled as the marathon project of recovering from Superstorm Sandy continued under the threat of cold weather moving in.

In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, lines for gasoline are hours long.

"I'm a resident here in Ridgefield. We've been in line for two hours and it's just horrible. I've never seen this line. We're here every day and it's never been this bad," said Will Hernandez.

Tens of thousands are struggling for a hot meal, a warm bed and a roof overhead. In New Jersey, power outages are still an issue but Gov. Chris Christie pointed out progress is being made.

"We're down to under a million in less than six days of work," he said.

A week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, its estimated $50 billion price tag is getting whittled away.

On Friday night, Bruce Springsteen, Christine Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting and a collection of stars performed a benefit concert on NBC, raising millions for the recovery effort.

The National Guard, the Red Cross and Good Samaritans provided essential supplies from water to phone calls for people whose lives have been turned totally upside down. However, the borough of Staten Island struggled in the days after the storm, with residents criticizing state and federal officials for moving too slowly while residents went without clean water, food or heat. By Sunday, more help was coming in for resident Lisa Porazzo.

"Our house was condemned and it's just been so overwhelming that everyone has been here, helping Staten island and it's just incredible. We just want to say thank you to everyone that's helping. We don't know where we are going, but we have each other. And we have Staten Island," said Porazzo.

Staten Island is where Sunday's marathon was supposed to start. The race is known as an international testimony to human perseverance. In that spirit, thousands of people that planned on running the race Sunday took to the streets in spite of the cancellation. Some ran the course of the race while others volunteered in the neighborhoods that make up the marathon route.

"Just doing my part, I guess. I got lucky. The only thing I lost was power for 24 hours. That was tough enough. I can't even imagine losing everything. So if I could do something to help, you know whatever little I can do, I wanna do it," said one runner.

Those effected by Sandy will need a runner's endurance in the months to come.