COLD TEMPERATURES, LACK OF FUEL THREATEN NY RECOVERY AFTER 'SANDY'



[PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORKER -After Sandy, a Dark Downtown Posted by Alex Koppelman -It’s an island, and not even a particularly big one—just 13.4 miles from tip to tip—but, as of late Tuesday afternoon, Manhattan had been divided into two separate cities. Downtown, there were, to paraphrase a classic tune, no lights, few phones, drowned motorcars, not a single lux-u-ry. But in a cab of sorts on the way up to electricity, hot water, and Internet on the Upper West Side, the temporarily displaced noticed a distinct border that had formed partway up the island: suddenly, there were lights, stores, and restaurants.]


NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
(MANILA TIMES)
Written by AFP - Severe fuel shortages on Sunday threatened New York’s attempt to recover from superstorm Sandy as cold temperatures added to almost a week of misery exacerbated by flooded homes, limited public transportation and fraying tempers.

But on the bright side, power was restored to nearly all of Manhattan on Saturday after flooding plunged the lower half of New York’s most densely populated borough and famous skyline into darkness.

Manhattan will no longer resemble “some sort of ghost town or horror movie,” said Bob McGee, a spokesman for utility company Con Edison.

Crews were also working to restore supplies to schools, set to reopen on Monday, and to polling places for Tuesday’s presidential election.

However, 40 percent of those who lost power, or somewhere under 900,000 people, continued to experience widespread outages that could last for as long as another week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York told reporters.

For many, that meant no heating just as temperatures are dropping in the New York area, with a windy, rainy autumn storm forecast for Wednesday.

On Long Island, 550,000 people are without power, down from 1.2 million people initially, Cuomo said.

Overall, 2.5 million customers remain without power across seven states that were in Sandy’s path, the US Department of Energy said.

As New Jersey police raised the state’s death toll to 22, increasing the overall US total to at least 103, the biggest hurdle to recovery continued to be a severe lack of gasoline.

Huge lines of cars and people on foot clutching canisters snaked back from gas stations, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced rationing.

Starting Saturday, drivers with license plates ending in an even number were only allowed to fill up on even-numbered dates, while those whose plates end in odd numbers had to wait for odd-numbered dates.

Meanwhile, New York officials announced the deployment of military fuel trucks offering 10 gallons (38 liters) of gasoline to drivers free of charge.

Cuomo said that the critical situation should ease rapidly since delays in the arrival of fuel ships had been remedied.

“Eight million gallons of fuel have been delivered,” he said. “Twenty-eight million gallons will be delivered over the next two days, so you will see quickly an abatement of the pressure on the fuel system.”

“You don’t have to panic,” he added.

New figures from the federal Energy Information Administration said that 38 percent of gas stations around New York were still out of order, sharply down from 67 percent on Friday.

FROM LATINOS POST

Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy 2012: How to Help, Donate In New York City, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey

By Nicole Rojas | n.rojas@latinospost.com | First Posted: Nov 03, 2012 11:55 AM EDT


(Photo : Reuters) Hurricane Sandy victims are helped by a volunteer to load food and other items from a FEMA and American Red Cross aid and disaster relief station in the hard-hit Staten Island section of New York City November 2, 2012. Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the U.S. Northeast, rescuers on Friday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies.

New York and New Jersey residents are in full recovery mode after Superstorm Sandy left vast areas of their states devastated. Volunteer opportunities have been organized by individuals and organizations in both states to help those most affected by the hurricane. Latinos Post has rounded up the latest volunteering opportunities.

As always, those wishing to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy can donate to the American Red Cross by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-733-2767, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The American Red Cross is also accepting blood donations. You can visit their website or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule a blood donation.

New York City | Staten Island | Long Island:

In Lower Manhattan, OWS Medical Group and Street Medics is coordinating help for elderly residents. They are looking for volunteers to help deliver medicine, food or water to elderly that are shut in due to Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will meet at 46 Hester Street.

The Occupy Sandy effort, which is listing the volunteer opportunity, stated that people who can only volunteer a couple of hours are welcome. Volunteers are asked to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.

For more information, email maryacaliendo@earthlink.net or visit InterOccupy.net.

In the Rockaways, NYC Service is looking for volunteers to help sort out clothing and pass out food at the shelter set up at the American Legion Hall located at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Far Rockaway, N.Y. Volunteers are told to ask for Marty Seeny once they arrive.

Those looking to help with hunger relief initiatives in NYC can volunteer through New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) to help at community soup kitchens and food pantries. NYC Service stated that volunteers should contact NYCCAH Volunteer Coordination at 212-825-0028 ext: 211.

Tech savvy volunteers are being recruited to help New York-area businesses and organizations get back up and running. NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are seeking volunteers to sign up here.

For those looking to volunteer or donate to the relief effort in Staten Island, visit Staten Island Recovers for the latest opportunities.

Various Ace Hardware locations throughout Long Island are taking in donations of toys, clothing, water and other necessary items for those affected by the hurricane. For a location near you, visit the Ace Hardware website.

In West Islip (Long Island), volunteers and donations of food and clothing are wanted at Oquenock Elementary on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

New Jersey:

In Hoboken, volunteers can report to City Hall at 9 a.m. for volunteer opportunities, the city's official Twitter stated.

Jersey City is also organizing volunteers to help with relief efforts. Volunteers are asked to email volunteer@jcnj.org to sign up.

Anyone interested in helping out should list special skills or equipment that might be useful in the post-storm recovery efforts. More information can be found on Jersey City's official website.

In South Jersey, Cumberland County Community College is looking for volunteers to do cleanup work through the weekend. Volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer information sheet to sign up. For more information, reach Carol Cohen, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter, at 732-647-5201.

The Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit is looking for volunteers to assist with any Sandy-related efforts in NJ and the tri-state area. For more information, visit www.gsuru.com.

For additional ways to help out in New Jersey, visit www.nj.com.


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