Their power is back on, but they’re hanging on to it, just in case. Pays to have connections, we guess.
While powerless Staten Islanders shivered in freezing-cold houses, a ritzy New Jersey hotel’s patrons were kept toasty with a generator that staff said was shipped there from the canceled New York City Marathon — instead of being kept in the city for storm victims.
“It’s deplorable. It’s wrong,” Leigh Perry, a New Dorp, Staten Island, resident said after being told The Bernards Inn, in Bernardsville, NJ — which rents suites for more than $300 a night — received that generator over the weekend.
Adding insult to injury, the hotel’s power came back on Monday afternoon — but the inn’s owner said he was still holding onto the generator in the event that today’s nor’easter cut power out again.
“They have the means for power right now. Here, people don’t have it at all,” said Perry, 55, whose house was left without electricity by last week’s storm, which destroyed homes just across the street from hers.
The Post revealed late last week that the marathon was hoarding up to 41 generators instead of deploying them to the thousands of victims of Superstorm Sandy who remain without power, such as those in coastal Staten Island, the Rockaways and Brooklyn.
Outrage over the idea of the marathon being held in the still-suffering Big Apple led to its cancellation last Friday.
Hours later, on Friday evening, “an electrician friend” of Bernards Inn owner Harold Imperatore called. “He knew somebody else that had” a generator that could be used to power the hotel, which had been blacked out after the storm, Imperatore said.
Mayor Doomberg was unavailable for comment. Meanwhile, the rousing success in Sandy cleanup led by President Obama has now led to gas rationing in New York. Heckuva job, Bammy!