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15:50 // 2 months ago
January 18, 2014
The bottom line is, it’s not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the City of Hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer.
Hoboken, NJ mayor Dawn Zimmer • Discussing her city’s own version of Bridgegate. Zimmer says that her city has received only a small fraction of the funding it asked for in the wake of Hurricane Sandy due to a push from Christie and other state officials to approve a large-scale development project in the city. Zimmer, whose city asked for $127 million in aid after Sandy, only received $342,000—despite the fact that the city was 80 percent underwater after the storm. “I know it’s very complicated for the public to really understand all of this, but I have a legal obligation to follow the law, to bring balanced development to Hoboken,” Zimmer told MSNBC. Christie denies the claims, and his office went so far as to attack the source of the information.
19:21 // 3 months ago
January 7, 2013
The NYS 2100 commission, one of four that Mr. Cuomo established in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, is tasked with evaluating and recommending changes to the state’s infrastructure to better prepare for the harsher weather expected in the future. Its broad 175-page study says the state should consider storm barriers with movable gates that would span the Narrows, at a cost of tens of billions of dollars, and endorses a variety of “soft infrastructure” investments like building dunes and wetlands and oyster reefs, which were more prevalent along New York’s coastline in the 1800s.
New York State Storm Panel Recommends Major Changes - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)

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1:28 // 1 year ago
January 2, 2013
I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds, because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace.
Republican Rep. Peter King • Condemning House Republicans for refusing to vote on a post-Sandy disaster relief bill that was approved by the Senate last week. The bill would have allocated roughly $60.4 billion in disaster relief funding for the areas in New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Sandy last year. House Republicans have responded to the criticism with assurances that a vote is coming in the 113th Congress, and a denial that there is any immediate need for such funding. source
14:44 // 1 year ago
December 22, 2012

Crowdfunding’s role in supporting Hurricane Sandy victims

  • $1.3M the amount raised by GoFundMe, over 320 individual campaigns totaling 14,000 individual donors, for Hurricane Sandy funding. ”There’s always going to be some sort of gap between when a storm or natural disaster or accident or tragedy happens and when larger organizations can step in and help, whether that’s an insurance company or FEMA or what have you,” said Brad Damphousse, the company’s CEO. “Our users get their money as it comes in, and donors know exactly where the money is going.” While not nearly at the level of the Red Cross ($300 million) or FEMA ($2 billion), the total is nonetheless impressive and proves that it works. source
13:40 // 1 year ago
November 29, 2012
nycgov:

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg visited Washington DC joined by Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to ask for fiscal help from the federal government for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
In New York City, the public and private losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, which were not covered by private insurance come to $15.2 billion.  New York City’s recovery is vital to America’s continued economic recovery and growth.
Read the Mayor’s remarks delivered yesterday at the U.S Capitol Building at http://on.nyc.gov/UdLnVc.

Highlight from the remarks: "We haven’t waited for the help that we hope to get from Washington to come, but given the scale and the impact of the storm, Federal assistance is clearly warranted."

nycgov:

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg visited Washington DC joined by Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to ask for fiscal help from the federal government for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In New York City, the public and private losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, which were not covered by private insurance come to $15.2 billion.  New York City’s recovery is vital to America’s continued economic recovery and growth.

Read the Mayor’s remarks delivered yesterday at the U.S Capitol Building at http://on.nyc.gov/UdLnVc.

Highlight from the remarks: "We haven’t waited for the help that we hope to get from Washington to come, but given the scale and the impact of the storm, Federal assistance is clearly warranted."

9:04 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012
inothernews:

SURREAL ESTATE  A worker stands in a living room filled with sand two weeks after superstorm Sandy in Bay Head, New Jersey. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images via The Guardian)

There been no shortage of bizarre, heartrending and impressive photography in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

inothernews:

SURREAL ESTATE  A worker stands in a living room filled with sand two weeks after superstorm Sandy in Bay Head, New Jersey. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images via The Guardian)

There been no shortage of bizarre, heartrending and impressive photography in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

14:03 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012

wnyc:

This series of images from the U.S. Geological Survey documents coastal erosion in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The yellow arrows indicate the same point on each image. 

Images documenting the storm’s impact on the New Jersey coastline are here.

Wow. Dramatic changes.

11:45 // 1 year ago
November 11, 2012

Assessing the damage: Trees damaged, cars destroyed, major electricity costs

  • 8,577 the number of street trees toppled by Hurricane Sandy in New York City, according to the city’s parks department. Another 3,365 fallen limbs and 1,297 hanging branches also were reported, leading to thousands of service calls.
  • 330 the number of Fisker Karma vehicles that were destroyed by flooding at the Newark port. As the vehicles cost more than $100,000 each, the cost of the damage was over $33 million.
  • 31,000 the number of vehicles reported damaged to four major insurance companies — including State Farm, Progressive, New Jersey Manufacturers and Nationwide
  • $450M the estimated costs one of the region’s major power companies, Consolidated Edison Inc., estimated that they would have to bear due to the power outages caused by Sandy.
18:32 // 1 year ago
November 8, 2012
wnyc:

The subway comes back, in GIF. 
datanews:

Since Sandy left town, we’ve been downloading MTA subway-recovery maps to feed WNYC’s Changing Trains map. Our Steve Melendez put them together in a time-lapse GIF. Click through to the full-size image.


Great graphic — one that shows the speed of the recovery. 

wnyc:

The subway comes back, in GIF. 

datanews:

Since Sandy left town, we’ve been downloading MTA subway-recovery maps to feed WNYC’s Changing Trains map. Our Steve Melendez put them together in a time-lapse GIF. Click through to the full-size image.

Great graphic — one that shows the speed of the recovery. 

13:33 // 1 year ago