In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross came under fire from Staten Island borough president Jim Molinaro.
He called the Red Cross' disaster response an "absolute disgrace," and urged people in Staten Island to stop donating to the nonprofit.
Now, the Red Cross is admitting that it responded too slowly, and wishes that it got to the hardest-hit areas of Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction sooner.
"Do we wish we could have been there sooner? You bet," American Red Cross spokesman Roger Lowe tells Ernest Scheyder at Reuters.
"When you have 8 million people in need, with roads that are damaged, infrastructure broken down, flooding everywhere, we can't be there that fast. And we feel bad about that."
He also tells Reuters that a Red Cross vehicle was on its way to Staten Island during the Molinaro's press conference where he bashed the aid group.
Currently, all of the Red Cross' 320 emergency response vehicles in the U.S. are at Sandy recovery sites, or are on their way there.
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