Residents of Staten Island, New York, who were driven from their homes by Superstorm Sandy will be offered temporary housing in Connecticut.
Officials announced a plan Wednesday to provide about 25 homes on property owned by Faith Church in New Milford. They hope to have the families living in the homes by Christmas and plan to provide families with food, schooling and other services.
It’s been three weeks since Sandy caused damage up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including extensive damage in New York City and areas just north of the city in Westchester County.
Local governments and homeowners in Westchester County are still recovering from the storm as they work to dispose of pounds upon pounds of debris. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Robert Marchant, staff reporter at The Journal News, from their Mount Kisco office.
Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will request 30 billion dollars in disaster aid from the federal government as New York City and other areas of the state continue to dig out from Hurricane Sandy. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more.
The New York Times reports that the administration has targeted several areas of need, including bridges, tunnels and train lines, homes and apartments, affected businesses and overtime costs for emergency personnel provided by local governments.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he expects the number of applications from Connecticut businesses and homeowners for federal disaster assistance following Superstorm Sandy will surpass those filed after last year's Tropical Storm Irene.
During a conference call Friday, he said 948 businesses and 3,832 homeowners have already applied for financial help. That's compared with 1,321 businesses and 5,654 homeowners filing applications over a long period of time following Irene.
With roughly 15,000 Orange County residents still without power, County Executive Edward Diana has called on the State Public Service Commission to review local utility companies’ performance in response to damage and outages left by the storm.
“It is simply unacceptable that so many Orange County residents remain without power this long after the storm,” Diana said. “The outages threaten the life and safety of our residents, especially our sick and elderly. Many students in the county also remain out of school for the entire week due to the ongoing power outages.”
The gasoline shortage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has affected supplies upstate... long lines to get gas in Ulster County Friday trickled up to Greene County by early Saturday, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas.
Late Saturday afternoon, Greene County officials used the county's emergency notification system to alert residents and ask them to conserve, after pumps at two gas stations went dry.
State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson want to sit down with top officials of the utilities that serve the region to discuss the preparedness of their companies on storm response.
“This is not a witch hunt,” said Gunther. “This is about making sure the communication between the utility companies, the public, and government officials during Hurricane Sandy is greatly improved for any future natural disaster.”
There are four gas stations in the Village of Chester, which is situated along Route 17M, paralleling Route 17. Being in southern Orange County, people from New Jersey have been driving up, filling their vehicles and extra gas cans.
There were many as 50 or 60 vehicles lined up at stations at one time and have been running out of gas until new shipments arrive.
That prompted Mayor Philip Valastro to impose a $50 limit on each motorist’s purchase.