Hurricane Sandy

Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Orange County Executive Calls for Utility Company Review

  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.”          

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Hurricane Sandy
11:57 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gas, Generators in Short Supply Upstate

Credit Google Maps

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Mon November 5, 2012

NY State Officials Call for Roundtable Discussion on Utilities' Preparedness


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.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:32 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gas Rationing Hits Orange County

Credit Craig Ruttle / AP

 

   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.

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New York News
7:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Transportation Resumes In New York

Credit Stephen Chernin / AP

Transportation for students and commuters in and around New York City continues to expand one week after Superstorm Sandy while Consolidated Edison is back in preparation mode for more high winds along the coast.

New York officials say the city subway system is on the mend. But they also warn a flood of students returning to reoponed schools and motorists forced out of their cars by a fuel shortage could cause crowding and delays.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Raises Climate Change Conversation

Hurricane Sandy is reigniting the debate over climate change and what actions, if any, Congress should take to cut emissions and transition to renewable fuels.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo re-initiated the climate change debate when he alluded to climate change during a briefing on Hurricane Sandy damage.

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WAMC Sandy Relief Drive
3:24 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

WAMC to Raise Funds for Sandy Relief Efforts

Screen shot of NOAA map tracking Hurricane Sandy

On Thursday, November 8, 2012, Alan Chartock and the staff of WAMC will take to the airwaves to raise money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The special one day Fund Drive will commence at 8:00 AM and all the proceeds will go to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

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New York News
7:26 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Draws Criticism for NYC Marathon Decision

Credit Jason DeCrow / AP

Politics has become intertwined with the recovery after Superstorm Sandy but the presidential election isn’t the only race drawing attention as the New York City Marathon is set to take place this Sunday. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Gas-Buying Frenzy Hits Northeast

Credit Hank Gross

As the word spread Thursday of the difficulty that oil companies were having in delivering gasoline to service stations, panic set in from New Jersey to New York City and up into the Hudson Valley.

By late afternoon, vehicles were lined up for blocks in the region, waiting to buy the “liquid gold.” Compounding the problem was the continued major power outage with people buying generators in record numbers, adding to the demand at the pumps.

Many stations ran out of gas with people still waiting at the pumps.

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Hudson Valley News
7:50 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Sullivan County Officials Fear Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Wake of Sandy

Hudson Valley residents left in the dark line up to pick up dry ice. Concerns about misused generators have led to carbon monoxide fears.
Credit Jerry Kleiner

  Sullivan County public safety and fire officials are concerned about the increase in carbon monoxide calls that have come in over the last two days.

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