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.
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.
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.
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.