Forget Food and Water – Staten Island Borough President Says Folks Need Underwear

By Penny Starr | November 6, 2012 | 12:55 PM EST

Volunteer Fabrizzio Avila, 15, bundles up from the cold as he rests near donated clothing in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the Staten Island borough New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

( – A Fox affiliate in New York is reporting that James Molinaro, president of the Staten Island borough, is calling for people to donate underwear for survivors of Super Storm Sandy.

The borough is one of the hardest hit in the state when the Category One hurricane slammed into the northeast on Oct. 29.  Twenty-two deaths on Staten Island are blamed on the storm.

"It's like a third-world nation," Molinaro said in a phone interview on Tuesday's “Good Day New York,” the fox affiliate reported.

Molinaro said that too much clothing has been donated but not undergarments.

"What we do need right now is underwear; undergarments for children and adults," Molinaro said. "That we need desperately."

Meteorologists are predicting another storm with heavy winds and rain could hit the region as early as Wednesday.