Hurricane Sandy

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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US News
3:19 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

US Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
Credit Abir Anwar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run out of money next week with some 115,000 Sandy-related claims as well as 5,000 from other floods unresolved.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

NY AG: Charities raise $400m for Sandy relief

Eric Schneiderman's office surveyed 88 nonprofit groups that have been soliciting donations for storm relief. As of mid-December, the fundraising had been dominated by five charities.

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New York News
4:49 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

NY commission proposes fuel reserve after Sandy

Credit Bill Tiernan / AP

A panel commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bolster preparations for the next superstorm has recommended a state fuel reserve, citizen training, tougher building codes, generators at gas stations, and a depot of emergency provisions. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Though Voting on Sandy Relief is in Sight, NY Lawmakers Still Question What Happened

Congressman Jerrold Nadler

After voting to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, House of Representative lawmakers from New York expressed outrage that there was no move to vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief supplemental appropriations bill before Congress adjourns tomorrow. On Friday, the U.S Senate passed a Sandy disaster relief package, and many congressional representatives said the majority support was also there to pass a bill in the House. After much criticism and pressure today, one House member says there is now a vote scheduled, one for the end of the week.

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