Hurricane Sandy

7:48 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Credit U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region

Yesterday the Senate cleared the bill, 62-36. Northeast lawmakers say the money is desperately needed to help recovery efforts from the one of the region's worst storms. The House passed the bill two weeks ago.

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7:59 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy
Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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New York News
7:39 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Senate sets Monday vote on $50.5B Sandy aid bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it. The House passed it last week.

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12:20 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Lawmakers Assess Causes of Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The New York Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation is holding hearings on climate change.  The members are assessing the causes and effects of extreme weather events, and if there are any measures the state can take to mitigate the events.

Last week the Assembly committee held the first of two hearings to gain input on how New York  can mitigate man-made factors that lead to, and reduce the environmental impacts of, extreme weather. A number of conservation and environmental groups testified before the committee.

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US News
9:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sandy Aid Package Moving Toward House Votes

One of many houses in Staten Island, N.Y. destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, Nov. 6. Sandy ravaged portions of the Northeastern United States in October 2012.
Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northeastern lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package through the House face roadblocks by fiscal conservatives seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts as well as funding cuts for projects they say are unrelated to the Oct. 29 storm.

The amendments by budget hawks set up a faceoff Tuesday, with Northeast lawmakers in both parties eager to provide recovery aid for one of the worst storms ever to strike the region as the House moves toward expected votes on the emergency spending package.

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Hudson Valley News
9:15 am
Tue January 15, 2013

U.S. Rep. Maloney Introduces His First Amendment

Lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a more than $50 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid package, and a Congressman from the Hudson Valley is working to ensure that such aid packages are not so delayed in the future. 

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New England News
9:41 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Conn. Task Force Recommends Changes in Shoreline Zoning Laws

Credit NOAA

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut task force recommends that local zoning laws reflect changes in rising sea levels and new flood elevations after two storms devastated the state's shoreline.

The legislative report released Monday recommends that municipalities and the state consider the impact of rising sea levels when deciding whether to build or issuing public health permits for sewage disposal.

The group was formed in February 2012, after Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut as a tropical storm and eight months before more damage was caused by Superstorm Sandy.

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New York News
5:21 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Superstorm Sandy Victims Resettle, Thanks To Small Town's Efforts

Deborah Rassi, 59, cleans her new kitchen. She's holding a bag of donated clothing, one of many that volunteers left in the new mobile home.
Neena Satija WNPR

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:11 pm

Thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims are still displaced more than two months after the storm. So, some locals in Connecticut hatched a plan to relocate some of them to a brand-new neighborhood with homes of their own.

Deborah Rassi and her family from Staten Island, N.Y., have been in the small, rural town of New Milford, Conn., for three days.

She was happy to be unpacking at her brand-new mobile house, which came with bags of donated clothing.

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US News
11:37 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Man climbs storm-ravaged NJ roller coaster

Aerial photo of Casino Pier amusement park in Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Greg Thompson / USFWS

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Police have apprehended a man who apparently climbed the New Jersey roller coaster that was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag.

The man walked from the top of the coaster and hopped into a police boat Tuesday. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights.

News 12-New Jersey says Christopher Angelo told the channel he wanted to raise awareness for shore recovery.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

NY panel: Nix LI power company after Sandy failure

The commission says LIPA was unprepared for Superstorm Sandy, then inept in its response.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appoints leaders of the LIPA board, would have to approve privatization.

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