Public Drunks Punished With Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

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Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 4: Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images2012 Getty Images

Dozens of people arrested in New York City recently for low-level misdemeanors like public drunkenness or open-container violations have been sent to Coney Island to help clear away wreckage from Hurricane Sandy, and they're actually working hard. "I believe they saw the need in the community and didn't hesitate or hold back in participating with this special cleanup," said one supervisor, who couldn't help but sound surprised.