U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long today called upon State, City and Federal officials to examine the feasibility of using cruise ships to accommodate displaced New Yorkers.

“Cruise ships could feasibly be used as a solution to displaced New Yorkers, and FEMA could reimburse for the expense.  We have 40,000 New Yorkers who have no accommodations.  Cruise ships are essentially mobile cities, that could provide the necessary food, water, and shelter that proud New Yorkers need, given the heartbreaking aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Long.

The average Carnival cruise ship can hold 2,744 people.  The amount of cruise ships potentially available could provide relief to thousands of New Yorkers that are in need.

“The 40,000 struggling New Yorkers need outside the box thinking, as conventional means of dealing with this crisis is not working as quickly as it should.   Cruise ships are a real solution that could provide temporary housing for displaced families, friends and neighbors.   Officials need to recognize the great potential of this solution and immediately examine this as a potential option for struggling New Yorkers, and need to act soon,” concluded Long.