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Local updates: Sandy's, nor'easter's impact on Long Island, Nov. 7

Residents in a Garden City neighborhood cut up

Residents in a Garden City neighborhood cut up a tree Tuesday after it toppled during superstorm Sandy. They are, from left, Rueei Griener, Tom Martino, Anthony Pipitone and Brian Pratt. (Oct. 30, 2012) Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

UPDATED: 8:25 P.M.

Amid nor’easter, business as usual at pizzeria

Across the street from Oyster Bay Town-owned Ransom Beach in Bayville, where Wednesday evening's high tide and nor'easter conditions collided to send water splashing more than 20 feet high over the seawall and crashing onto the parking lot, it was business as usual at Ralph's Pizza.

Couples shared pies and salads. Customers came in to pick up boxes of pizza for takeout. Two little girls, however, complained that the wind tunnel created by the storm conditions made it difficult to pull open the door.

Outside, the high winds howled and a mix of rain and snow falling horizontally pounded the building.

Inside, brother-and-sister team Jerry Camera and Nancy Patacca, owners of Ralph's, prepared food orders and shouted jovially to customers when their meals were ready.

There would be no early closing time Wednesday and the generator was at the ready should power go out again, Nancy Patacca, 67, said. There was absolutely no reason to worry, she said.

"Honey, we've been here for 52 years. We've been through everything," she said. "Customers are depending on us."

Ralph's had donated meals in the wake of superstorm Sandy to displaced residents staying at the makeshift shelter at Locust Valley High School.

"It's a small community," Nancy Patacca said. "We've got to stick together."


Freeport planning for impact of nor’easter

Freeport officials - who are still dealing with Sandy's damage - spent part of Wednesday making plans to cope with the effects of the nor'easter, said village spokeswoman Sophia Johnson.

Many homes in the village suffered storm and flooding damage during Sandy, and the south end of Freeport remained littered with debris, which can become a hazard in high winds. The nor'easter brought flooding to parts of the south end that also flooded last week, such as the battered Nautical Mile area.

The village is also planning a meeting for residents at Freeport Recreation Center at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson said. Mayor Andrew Hardwick and department heads will attend, she said.

"Basically it's going to be everyone that's going to answer questions for the residents that have not been getting answers," Johnson said.


UPDATED: 6:38 P.M.

In Mastic Beach, after Sandy, nor’easter ‘is just a storm’

At the Mastic Beach nutrition center's food pantry on Neighborhood Road, the looming nor'easter was not a major concern Wednesday -- instead, the daily ordeal of living post-Sandy seemed to have used up any anxiety already.

"We don't have cable so we don't know what's going in," said Sean Lavis as he picked up food, clothing and supplies at the pantry for his family on Huntington Drive, where they haven't had power for days. "It's just a storm," he said with a shrug.

Anna Hernandez, who was anxious about feeding her five teenagers and loaded up food at the pantry, said she was "really worried" about the cold but moving to a shelter wasn't an option. "I try to stay here because I want to see what happens" to her home on Woodland Drive.

Volunteers made deliveries of food and hot meals to stranded families. Debbie Orban, who herself lost power for five days in Shirley, brought her grandsons to the pantry to help with deliveries. She said her lights flickered briefly today but she wasn't fazed by the nor'easter. "I just hope the lights stay on," she said.


Mangano: Mandatory evacuations still in effect

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is reminding residents in the midst of the nor’easter storm that a mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for those residing in flood or storm surge zones.

Mangano, along with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, made robo calls last night alerting residents about the nor’easter and reiterating that the evacuation order from last week still stands. He also called for residents to tie down and secure all items outside homes, as flying debris can be deadly.

The evacuation area is defined as south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and South of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border. It also includes the residents on the north shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas--15 feet above sea-level or less-- and storm surge zones.

“If you are in a flood zone, it is not a good idea to stay there,” Nassau County spokesman Brian Nevin said Wednesday.

Residents should consider staying with friends or family on higher ground during the storm. They can also consider going to an emergency shelter: Nassau County Community College, Levittown Memorial High School, and a Pet Shelter, on 241 Miller Ave. in Garden City.


Huntington budget vote postponed

The Huntington Town Board will not vote on the preliminary 2013 budget at tonight’s board meeting as scheduled.

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone earlier today decided that because so much attention has been devoted to the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, it was best to delay a vote on the budget to allow more time for its review, town spokesman A.J. Carter said

Carter said a special meeting will be held next week, but a day and time have not yet been determined.

The preliminary $181.7 million operating budget and $8.6 million capital budget seek a 0.83 percent increase in the town’s total tax, about $19 a year for the average homeowner.

The plans call for possible layoffs, and hikes in bus fare, parking and refuse fees to help plug a projected $8 million loss in revenue.

The board meeting will still be held to discuss other agenda items at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

--Deborah S. Morris 

UPDATED: 6:06 P.M.

Violent waves in Bayville

At high tide Wednesday evening, violent waves at least 5 feet high slammed into and over the seawall of Ransom Beach in Bayville, spilling salty water into the parking lot.

At the low-lying intersection of Fourth Street and First Avenue, a small pond more than a foot deep formed again Wednesday just as it did during superstorm Sandy.

The St. Gertrude Church parking lot, whose location toward the top of a Bayville hill makes it ideal for parking cars otherwise vulnerable to flooding, had about 50 vehicles in it Wednesday.

Many Bayville residents said their preparations for the nor'easter were simply an extension of those for last week's superstorm Sandy.

"We're still in storm mode," said Joe Florio, 57, owner of the Bayville Deli. His Bayville home, which had just regained power post-Sandy on Monday, again lost power for a couple hours Wednesday when winds blew down a transformer, he said.

"I'm not even thinking about this, because we still dealing with the last one," he said, adding he'd prefer a nor'easter.

"I'd rather deal with snow with a shovel than water with a pump," he said.

Sandy left 3 feet of water in his deli basement that was finally gone after a combination of pumping and leaving it to recede.

Village workers were preparing for the nor'easter as they would for any other storm or "tide event," Mayor Doug Watson said. Public works crews were at the ready and fuel was stocked, he said.

"A nor'easter during normal times wouldn't really have us worried, but we're taking precautions because we just had a hurricane," he said.

Watson on Wednesday afternoon checked the tides at a beach near his home, on the coastline in Centre Island and at a bayside spot and determined the high water brought on by the nor'easter wouldn't cause much damage.

Bayville resident Tom Plactere, 55, said the village will handle the storm without a problem.

"I'm not worried about this storm," he said. "We're tough here. We're from Long Island. We're from Bayville."


Mixed reaction to nor’easter on East End

Across the East End, which was spared last week from the worst impact of superstorm Sandy, officials and private groups reacted to Wednesday's nor’easter with a mixture of watchful precautions and keeping up normal behavior.

In Sag Harbor, officials canceled a special board meeting that had been scheduled for 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the village police department. The town board has been accepting bids from other police agencies that have offered to cover the village at a far lower cost than Sag Harbor spends to run the department.

But in Riverhead, the town board held its normal meeting Wednesday afternoon, one in which Mia Roces, 9, of Aquebogue, a fifth-grader at the Pulaski Street School, was Supervisor for the Day, and got to bang the gavel to open the meeting and hear a long and detailed explanation of why it was necessary to transfer funds to a self-insurance account operated by the town.

The Cross-Sound Ferry, which runs between Orient and New London, Conn., canceled service for Wednesday and Thursday, although the North Ferry and South Ferry that link Shelter Island to the rest of Long Island were running.

Many schools and churches canceled events Wednesday night, and the Suffolk County Historical Society canceled Thursday night’s wine tasting. Southampton Hospital ran its flu immunization clinic as scheduled.

In Westhampton Beach, where most of the storm debris of last week has already been cleared from the streets and working traffic lights give a sense of comfort and security, the leafless branches on the trees blew gently as a chilly rain fell, and Mayor Conrad Teller said there was little to do. He had enough time to get his car serviced.

As darkness fell in downtown Riverhead, the Peconic River swelled and flooded over the boardwalk behind the stores on East Main Street, meeting the puddles that already filled the low-lying parking lots. Work crews started to put up barriers in the same place where, last week, they were put up to keep unwary drivers out of the rising water.

Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst urged voluntary evacuation for people living in low-lying areas of East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Flanders, and voluntary firefighters and emergency service personnel went door to door urging people to leave. Temporary shelters were set up in Hampton Bays, Riverside and Southampton Village.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter urged drivers to limit travel overnight, and predicted that things would start improving by 4 a.m. Thursday.


Staying put in Lindenhurst

John Cole stood in front of his new home, a 35-foot trailer parked on Atlantic Street in Lindenhurst, and laughed: "At least it's warm," he said. "At the moment it's probably the nicest house on the block."

To get the joke you needed to see the ruined and almost-ruined houses around it, the yards thick with flotsam and mud.

The 42-year-old canvas worker shared the trailer with his wife, their young son and his 70-year-old father, and said they'd wait out the nor'easter.

He had a can full of gas to run the heater and he figured if the roads hadn't flooded at the afternoon's high tide it wasn't likely they'd flood at all.

None of that made Cole feel much better.

As the rain pelted down he showed off his old home: the second floor where his dad used to have his own apartment, the hole in the first floor wall, the garage ripped off its foundation.

That house had been a home. "Everything I had, everything I owned was in that house," he said.


UPDATED: 5:36 P.M.

Port Jefferson prepares; ferry still running

Along Port Jefferson's low-lying and flood-prone downtown, business owners and residents were preparing Wednesday for the nor'easter in different ways.

At a women's clothing store off Main Street, the proprietors apparently closed early, stacking three large sand bags outside the shop's street-level door, with a sign in black letters: "Caution."

Juan Carlo Albarenga, clad in a gray hoodie and jeans, clutched coffee as he stood under an awning and waited for a bus to take him to his home nearby.

The Italian restaurant where he works as a cook decided to close early as the storm bore down on downtown Port Jefferson, which is usually bursting with patrons visiting the area's varied shops and eateries.

So Albarenga, 39, would lose some pay, he said.

"It's crazy," he said, before running to catch the bus.

Corrin Bixler stopped at a nearby Dunkin' Donuts for some tea and doughnuts before hunkering down for the evening.

"I got a tea because it's freezing in my apartment," said Bixler, 26.

Still without power or heat following Sandy, she planned to bring her kids -- Gianna, 4 and Jayden, 6 -- to her mom's East Setauket home, which never lost power.

Bixler said she planned to stay in her basement apartment during the storm to monitor her generator, covered by a trash bag, to make sure the sump pump keeps going.

"I have to hold down the fort," she said.

She's hoping the storm is the last that Long Island sees this year -- or at least this week.

She had to cancel her son's sixth birthday party last Sunday, and instead had a small cake with family. She's hoping to reschedule the party soon.

Meanwhile, the Port Jefferson-Bridgeport Ferry was still operating Wednesday evening.

Carinne, a ticket agent who declined to give her last name, said there were no plans to cancel service for the remaining ferries leaving Port Jefferson at 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

"We're up and running," she said.


UPDATED: 5:20 P.M.

MacArthur airport delays

Due to the nor'easter, Long Island MacArthur Airport is experiencing scattered flight cancellations and delays, according to posts on the airport’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Travelers are asked to check with their airlines for the latest flight-related information.

-- Newsday Staff

Few operational businesses in Freeport

Freeport's Nautical Mile is beloved by many for its restaurants and bars. But on Wednesday afternoon, the storm-ravaged area only had few working businesses -- and one was a high-tech firm that was scurrying to salvage equipment.

ANDI International, a company that manufactures hyperbaric chambers and has four buildings near the northern end of the Mile, had the only illuminated light in the district as the nor'easter began to pick up. Inside, owner Ed Betts fretted about the coming storm, which he feared could pile more problems on to his heavily damaged business.

The company lost more than $875,000 in equipment and suffered heavy flooding damage to all four of its buildings during superstorm Sandy. Betts and some of his employees were working to see what equipment could be salvaged Thursday before retreating at 4 p.m., when wind and snow whipped outside.

"If this storm comes in now, I have to clean this whole place out again?" Betts said, looking inside one of his buildings, which had been caked in an inch of mud by Sandy. "I'm just besieged by one thing after another."

The Nautical Mile suffered heavy damages in Sandy, including businesses such as The Schooner restaurant, which was deemed unsafe by an inspector, and Fiore Brothers fish market, which burned down.

Betts said he opened his business in 1988 and enjoys working in the "high volume, tourist attraction" area. He said he's struggling with insurance to see what losses he can recover and wants to rebuild.

But, while surveying his damaged equipment, sodden files and flood-damaged buildings, he said it's hard to imagine coming back -- especially if the nor'easter adds even more costs.

"I don't know how to recover," Betts said.


UPDATED: 5:03 P.M.

New shelters in Brookhaven

Suffolk County and the Red Cross have opened evacuation shelters at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and William Floyd High School in Mastic. The evacuees who were at the Sachem East High School shelter have been relocated to St. Joseph’s College, according to a news release from the Town of Brookhaven.

For more information, call the Red Cross at 631-924-6911 or 1-800-733-2767.

Shelter locations:

St. Joseph’s College Campus
155 West Roe Blvd. in Patchogue

William Floyd High School
240 Mastic Beach Rd. in Mastic

-- Carl Corry

UPDATED: 4:34 P.M.

The Red Cross is about to distribute hot meals at the town nutrition center at 369 Neighborhood Rd. in Mastic Beach.

--Newsday Staff

Town of North Hempstead offering New Hyde Park shelter

With a nor'easter approaching, the Town of North Hempstead is encouraging its residents to take shelter at a new location in New Hyde Park.

Buses will make stops this afternoon at six of the area's "comfort stations," heated facilities in the town where residents have sought a hot shower or access to free Wi-Fi. Town buses will deliver residents to the shelter, at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, 500 Leonard Blvd., between 4 and 7 p.m.

“We’ve shifted from storm recovery back to storm preparation,” Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said.

The New Hyde Park location is crucial, Kaiman said, since Manhasset High School, a shelter that has been open since the beginning of the storm, closed Tuesday at 4 p.m.

"Our concern was because there was this other storm coming, the night would be the one night that shelter would be more important than ever," Kaiman said. "At least for tonight and into tomorrow a shelter is important."

Kaiman said since comfort stations opened last week, hundreds have sought them out during the day. They are not open overnight. Both the "Yes We Can" Community Center in Westbury and the Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park in New Hyde Park have seen several hundred visitors in the last week, Kaiman said.
-- Scott Eidler

Bayville back in the dark

It was deja vu Wednesday for Bayville Village Hall.

The building lost electricity in the wake of superstorm Sandy and was running on a generator until the power was finally restored on Saturday.

But Village Hall found itself again in the dark Wednesday morning — this time without a working generator to back it up — as a nor'easter brought winds and wet snow to the region and brought down a power line at the bottom of the hill.

Workers and administrators in the building Wednesday wore their coats and sipped coffee to keep themselves warm. As darkness fell, they used flashlights to maneuver the halls.

The power should be restored and the line fixed later Wednesday, employees said, but perhaps not before the end of the workday.

But if power still hasn't returned by Thursday morning?

"We'll be here," Village Administrator Maria Alfano-Hardy said. "We'll be here for residents."
-- Emily Ngo

Suffolk Red Cross shelter update

From a Wednesday afternoon Suffolk County news release:

Red Cross shelters open this evening:

* North Babylon High School, 1 Phelps Lane, North Babylon
* Village Green Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
* St. Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Blvd., (Sunrise and Waverly Rd.) Patchogue
* Sachem Central Teachers Association (formally known as the Sachem Central District Office) 245 Union Ave., Holbrook
* William Floyd High School, 240 Mastic Beach Rd., Mastic Beach
* Pet-friendly shelter (pets only): North Babylon Fire Department, 20 Hale Rd., North Babylon

 — Newsday Staff

Weather doesn't stop local pizza business

In downtown Port Jefferson Wednesday afternoon, Juan "Diego" Morales wasn't sweating the nor'easter that was already pounding the area with whipping winds and rain.

When superstorm Sandy hit last week, the pizza shop where he works as a manager -- "It's All Greek To Me" -- didn't flood, despite its precarious location on Main Street, where a bank and some other businesses flooded.

"See that drain right there," he said, pointing to a storm drain on the street. "The water got up to there, but it all went down the drain."

Kyle Breunig, a worker at the shop, said when Sandy hit they lost power for two days, but never closed.

"We were still making pizza by candlelight," said Breunig, 22, of Port Jefferson. "The pizza business — it doesn't stop."

For Wednesday night, Morales said there were no plans to shut the doors earlier than the normal 10:30 p.m. closing time, though business was super slow.

"It depends what the big boss says," said Morales, 31, of Brentwood, who added that he had no qualms about driving home in the storm later tonight.

"Sandy was the main one," Morales said. "This is like nothing."
-- Nicole Fuller

West Shore Road still closed

West Shore Road remained closed to motorists Wednesday, with an Old Brookville police SUV standing guard by the southern end with bright orange barriers.

Motorists navigating through the nor'easter's wet snow were detoured, most taking Frost Mill Road toward points north.

Police on Wednesday said West Shore Road, already crumbling and in need of repair, has been closed since superstorm Sandy struck last week and would be closed to the public for an "indefinite" amount of time.

The road is "destroyed," with parts battered and washed away, and requires examination by engineers, police said.

The road was an entryway to the low-lying Village of Bayville, where the nor'easter Wednesday afternoon had brought white-capped waves about 4 feet high. Just outside the village, winds had pushed sand from the beaches onto Centre Island Avenue.
-- Emily Ngo


Flooding in Freeport

LIPA oversight meeting Thursday

From a news release: The Suffolk County Legislature’s LIPA Oversight Committee will meet in the Evans K. Griffing Building, Maxine S. Postal Auditorium, 300 Center Dr., in Riverhead Thursday from 2-5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. It will also be streamed live on the Suffolk County Legislature website, Click on the “Listen Live” icon.
-- Newsday Staff

In Port Jefferson Station, cars follow gas delivery trucks

For residents of Port Jefferson Station, all but two gas stations have remained closed since the aftermath of Sandy. Residents have been left with finding stations in neighboring towns, a gamble that has forced some people to use what little gas they have left in hopes of filling up.

All along Nesconset Highway, gas stations remain surrounded by caution tape and gas price signs blank. The Shell station on the corner of Nesconset Highway and Old Town Road in Port Jefferson Station has been without gas since the Sunday night before Hurricane Sandy struck.

“The day before yesterday, the owner told us that we’re getting gas soon,” said Syed Raza, 25, of Port Jefferson, who was waiting in a small room at the station with nothing to do but wait. “They keep telling us soon but the owner has 250 stations and since dealers get the gas first who knows how long we will have to wait.”

Further down the road on the corner of Nesconset Highway and Terryville Road is a Sunoco station that has also been waiting for gas since last Friday. Employee Ed Bauzon, 60, of Port Jefferson, said there is no estimate as to when the next shipment will come in.

The next light down, on the corner of Jayne Boulevard and Nesconset Highway, a BP station has been getting deliveries every other day but has struggled to keep the supply. On Monday around 7 p.m., the station received a large shipment. But the delivery truck was being followed by at least a dozen cars and before the truck was finished unloading, a line of more than 100 cars was already stretching down Jayne Boulevard, onto Route 112 and down Terryville Road. By 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, the station was out again.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Anthony Russo, 18, of Setauket, an attendant at the BP. Russo had been working since 3 when today’s shipment came in.
“I think we’ll last another hour or so until we run out again,” Russo said at 1 p.m. “And then it’s back to waiting.”
-- Amanda Douville

Red Cross distributing sandwiches in Long Beach

No mandatory evacuation in Babylon Town

Babylon Town officials have not ordered a mandatory evacuation for those below Montauk Highway, but are urging residents to use caution as the storm approaches.

Town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said earlier television news reports of a mandatory evacuation are false. “We are, however, urging all residents to use their best judgment and to take this storm seriously and to use extreme, extreme caution,” Ruggeri said.

Ruggeri said the town is racing to try and remove as much debris from Sandy before the nor’easter hits. They will resume these efforts once the storm passes tomorrow, he said.
-- Denise M. Bonilla

Official: Evacuate Long Beach

Long Beach, already weakened by superstorm Sandy, called on residents to evacuate the city during the nor’easter.

City Manager Jack Schnirman asked residents to first secure any debris on their properties so storm wreckage would not turn into “projectiles.”

Schnirman added that city workers are building a 5-foot high wall of sand along the beachfront. However, he said, flooding could still happen.

“We’re looking at a potential 5-foot storm surge right now, which is very significant but nothing like what we saw during the superstorm,” Schnirman said. “The city is extremely vulnerable.”

The city is shutting down some recovery operations — such as food stations — and diverting some resources like police, firefighters and EMS workers into “emergency response mode,” Schnirman said.

FEMA is also shutting down during the nor'easter, Schnirman said.

“They will scale down their infrastructure and personnel,” Schnirman said.
-- Patrick Whittle

Nassau Red Cross shelters

American Red Cross spokesman Craig Cooper sent an updated list of the Red Cross and partner shelter in Nassau County: Shelters are located at:

* Glen Cove High School, 150 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove

* New Hyde Park High School, 500 Leonard Blvd., New Hyde Park

* Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, 121 Central Park Rd., Old Bethpage

* Nassau Community College, Garden City

* Former Levittown Memorial High School, 150 Abbey Lane, Levittown
— Newsday Staff

Bethpage firefighters to feed public

The Bethpage Fire Department will serve hot food to residents without power on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at department headquarters, 225 Broadway.

Food was donated by numerous businesses in the Bethpage community.

For more information, contact Firefighter Charles Razenson at 516-250-3485.
-- Newsday Staff

St. Joseph’s College creates Sandy relief fund

St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue has canceled its annual Scholarship Gala scheduled for Thursday, and instead will focus its fundraising efforts on helping students affected by superstorm Sandy.

The college has established the Hurricane Sandy Student Relief Fund, to assist students who have lost homes, cars and possessions, and to ensure that those students are able to stay in school.

For more information about the fund, call Nancy Connors, vice president for the Office of Institutional Advancement, at 631-687-2658 or 718-940-5580. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made payable to St. Joseph’s College, with “Student Relief Fund” in the memo line. Please mail checks to St. Joseph’s College, Office of Institutional Advancement at 1 Terry Street, Suite 2, Patchogue, NY 11772.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 12:15 P.M.
Six Knights of Columbus donation locations

The Suffolk County Knights of Columbus are coordinating a collection of goods for those impacted by superstorm Sandy.

To make donating easier, the organization will have six sites open throughout the county, and all will be open for donations Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.

* St. Joseph Council: 24 Boulevard Ave., Greenlawn
* Farmingdale Council: 1 Morton St., Farmingdale
* Father James V. Rogan/Father Haupin Council: 62 Carleton Ave., Central Islip
* Patchogue Council: 38 West First St., Patchogue
* Marian Council: 2050 Depot Lane, Cutchogue
* Kavanaugh Council at Shirley Bingo Hall: 78 McGraw St., Shirley

The Knights are Columbus are asking that people not bring clothes other than winter coats, hats, gloves and boots.

Items needs include:

* Baby items: diapers, formula, wipes, creams, etc.
* Cleaning products: work gloves, garbage bags, storage tubs, hand sanitizer, paper towels, etc.
* General: Water, flashlights, lanterns, batteries, nonperishable food, blankets
* Toiletries: toothbrushes and paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper
* Gift cards and monetary donations. (Checks can be made payable to Suffolk Charities, Inc. a 501c3 tax deductible nonprofit organization. The Knights suggest you ask employers about matching donations.)

For more information, call 631-648-0575 or visit
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 11:56 A.M.
Anybody got gas?


UPDATED 11:20 A.M.
Suffolk consolidating shelters

Suffolk’s Office of the County Executive issued a news release Wednesday morning stating that it is working with the Department of Public Works, Red Cross and Salvation Army to consolidate shelters set up across the county in the past week.

Starting today, all shelters in Suffolk County, with the exception of Walt Whitman High School, will be combined into one location at St. Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue.

As of today, the Walt Whitman High School shelter will be moved to Village Green Senior Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 11:01 A.M.
Small business help in Suffolk

Stony Brook University’s Small Business Development Center will host a One-on-One Disaster Assistance for Businesses session on Monday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Representatives from the United States Small Business Administration, along with Small Business Development Center advisers, will help small business owners learn what SBA resources are available to help recovery after superstorm Sandy and to help complete all the necessary forms.

The Small Business Development Center is located in the university’s Research and Development Park, Building 17, Room 145.

For more information, call 631-632-9837 or email

In addition, Suffolk County small businesses needing recovery assistance should contact the Suffolk County Department of Labor (SCDOL) at 631-853-6600. Through the SCDOL and Department of Economic Development & Planning, the county is hosting Small Business Assistance Recovery Centers at SCDOL offices in Hauppauge and Riverhead beginning today.

The Hauppauge North County Complex location will be open from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The North County Complex is located on the north side of Veterans Highway, approximately one mile east of the end of the Northern State Parkway and two miles west of the intersection of Route 111 and Route 347. The Riverhead SCDOL will be open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is located at 300 Center Dr., Room S-12.
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 10:51 A.M.
Trees, power lines still all over Huntington Station road

UPDATED 10:25 A.M.
Lindenhurst power/gas update

The following is a fact sheet released concerning the progress of restoring power and gas in the Village of Lindenhurst:

* Before power can be restored, National Grid, the natural gas provider, must certify every gas connection south of Montauk Highway is shut off and necessary repairs completed. This should be completed very soon. Some areas south of Montauk Highway may begin having natural gas restored shortly.

* Before LIPA turns power back on to the grid, they must be sure there is no flood damage to your electrical system.

* The village in cooperation with the Town of Babylon is arranging to make the necessary inspections at no cost to residents.

* If your home is certified to have the power turned on a certification for you to display will be given to you.

* The list of blocks and dates the inspectors are scheduled to be in can be obtained by calling Village Hall at 631-957-7500.

The list of locations and dates will also be sent out through the village’s text alert system. Text VOL to 411247 or visit
-- Newsday Staff

UPDATED 10:15 A.M.
Huntington Station resident uses sign to plead for help


Islip Town FEMA update

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci has announced that FEMA and the Small Business Administration have established a command post at 401 Main Street (Town Hall West) in Islip.

The post will be open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., seven days a week, and will be open indefinitely to provide information and guidance about the FEMA Relief Fund application process.

Also on hand are personnel from the New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal to help those who may require temporary housing. Also on hand will be the New York State Department of Health, who can provide guidance to affected residents.

Those in need of aid from a New York State agency should call 855-NYS-SANDY.
-- Newsday Staff

Back to reality 


Dearth of hotel rooms for insurance adjusters

East Northport church becomes warming station

St Paul's Lutheran Church in East Northport is hosting a neighborhood warming station for those in need of a warm place.

The warming station will be available today through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. The public is invited to come get some warmth, coffee, tea, soup and Wifi.

The church is located at 120 Vernon Valley Rd. For more information, call 631-754-4422.
-- Newsday Staff

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