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There won’t be a countywide Halloween curfew Wednesday night in Westchester.
County Executive Rob Astorino won’t impose any limitations on kids seeking some tricks or treats. Instead, he’s urging “extreme caution” and asking parents to act responsibly.
Astorino was asked earlier Wednesday about taking children outside and along streets that could have hidden dangers like downed wires...Read more »
Today’s conversation: cleanup.
Tomorrow’s should be a bit more extreme: the weather.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in today's Hurricane Sandy presser said extreme weather is a reality, so it must be part of a “longer conversation” when rebuilding New York’s vulnerable infrastructure.
“The frequency of extreme weather situations is way up,” Cuomo after taking an aerial view of the damage...Read more »
I took a run around East Northport and Northport neighborhoods Wednesday morning, partly for daily exercise, but also to survey the Sandy damage.
On Day 2 after the storm, it’s a bad news-good news kind of scenario.
Two houses up are the Hahns, who lost an addition to the back of their house to a fallen tree during Irene in 2011. This year, a big maple crushed two cars in their driveway....Read more »
"There has been a series of extreme weather incidents," the governor said at a news conference on Tuesday as officials discussed the aftermath of the storm. "That is not a political statement. That is a factual statement. Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think is denying reality.”
Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.
Few were spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, a historic storm that devastated the Eastern Seaboard and now has millions of people cleaning up in its aftermath.
Throughout the Hudson Valley, schools, businesses and roads were all closed Tuesday as a result of this powerful storm. Millions of people lost power -- mostly because of whipping winds that downed trees and electric wires -– and many...Read more »
Reality has a rude way of intruding on ideology.
Hurricane Sandy has left a multistate swath of destruction that in the New York City region alone will no doubt cost billions of dollars to clean up and repair. So while small government of limited means and responsibilities may sound good in ordinary times, extraordinary moments like this provide good reason to rethink whether that’s really...Read more »
This is what I can tell you as a resident of Lower Manhattan, where the sea pushed back hard Monday night against 400 years' worth of landfill, flooding parts of the World Trade Center construction site, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Battery Park City Esplanade and—yes—Water Street itself.
Downtown will mop up, dry out and build back better than ever. I can say that with utter confidence...Read more »
Finally, an important government official saying the truth about our planet. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has been on top of the detailed preparations for Hurricane Sandy and the recovery, rose above the nitty-gritty reality of the moment to speak a stark, important truth that our two presidential candidates would do well to hear.
"There has been a series of extreme weather incidents,"...Read more »
With round-the-clock coverage of Sandy, it’s hard to miss the latest developments on flooding, power outages or some reporter getting swept away by the heavy winds. One of the more absurd tales of Sandy, however, is the one about a guy – some might even say a “dope” -- riding his jet ski off Manhattan’s waterfront. City Council speaker Christine Quinn aptly said he was “out of his ever-loving mind.”...Read more »
In too many past storms -- nothing close to hurricane intensity -- our development has lost power after four consecutive raindrops.
So we confidently expect to be powerless before too many more hours have gone by. That means juicing up everything that can be juiced—cellphones, laptops, an iPad—so we can at least read during the inevitable protracted darkness. Another thing to do in the dark:...Read more »