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This was received from Sen. Charles Schumer, who called for National Grid to give gas stations priority in restoring electric power, citing dangerously low fuel resources for fire companies and other emergency vehicles.
Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Long Island Power Authority to prioritize restoring power to gas stations in order to help alleviate the gas shortage plaguing...Read more »
The Long Island Power Authority said Friday that “several hundred” polling sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties will not have power restored in time for Election Day.
But LIPA officials vowed that elections will go on Tuesday as scheduled.
“The election will happen and people will have a place to vote,” said Michael Hervey, LIPA’s chief operating officer.
The situation has...Read more »
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a conference call Thursday with President Barack Obama on post-Sandy relief. Gov Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were also on the line.
Mangano said the conversation focused on how to bring "a coordinated effort to address and bring relief to citizens" by...Read more »
This has become a serious political issue.
Marathon backlash is well under way – and directed at third-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg who defended the decision to hold the massive race event on Sunday, which, as some see it, threatens to divert resources from recovery.
“This city is a city where we have to go on,” said Bloomberg the other day.
But for those trying to go on, per the...Read more »
Because of superstorm Sandy, Suffolk election officials have extended weekend hours for those who want to apply and vote in person by absentee ballot.
Those wanting to apply for an absentee ballot and vote immediately in person can go to the Suffolk Board of Elections office on Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank until 9 p.m. Friday; from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; from 9 a.m. to 5...Read more »
Thanks to superstorm Sandy, Siena College has abandoned plans to conduct final polls in several high-profile congressional and state Senate races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, a spokesman said.
Siena planned to do surveys in key races across New York during the final week of the election, Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. The college conducted polls upstate but have given up...Read more »
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said Friday lost revenue due to superstorm Sandy ranges from $15 billion to $18 billion — though it could go higher.
The comptroller, who lives in Great Neck, said the estimate was based on “economic losses include disruption to daily business and the loss of property and wealth, some of which may not be included in other estimates.”
Newsday's Sara...Read more »
Over the next couple of days there should be announcements about Election Day polling in Nassau and the Rockaways. For the most-affected parts of Queens, discussions among state officials have focused on setting “super polling sites” such as Aqueduct Racetrack and the public libraries that take in wide areas.
Voting locations would have big implications for what before Sandy was expected to...Read more »
The state and federal governments have waived a slew of regulations to speed up delivery and distribution of gasoline to the downstate region, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Coast Guard officials said Friday. The governor also announced a new fund for victims of superstorm Sandy. Here are the highlights of the latest briefing provided by Cuomo and U.S. Coast Rear Admiral...Read more »
In light of superstorm Sandy, the state Legislature might consider relaxing the requirement that schools hold classes for 180 days in an academic year, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said he plans on introducing a bill to ease the requirement because so many downstate schools have lost power during the storm...Read more »