Because they were too stubborn, stupid, or crazy to FRIGGING LEAVE before the damn storm hit. They had 4 days to get the hell outta there. What did they do? Bought a few 6-packs, a couple bags of Jay's potato crisps, and some frozen dinners....and said 'fluck the evacuation order.'<quoted text>
And people are dying on Staten Island.
Let them face the consequences of their behavior - remember that whole PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY thing?