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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 // 8 months ago
January 11, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 11, 2014

In Somalia, the al-Shabab rebel group, which has lost some of its influence over the troubled country in recent years, has announced a ban of the internet. Anyone using the ‘net over mobile devices or via fiber-optic cables “will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law,” the group says. The Somali government says to ignore the ban.

"No one who has served as an elected official has looked back and wished they had been more rigid, more ideological or more partisan.” — New Virgnia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, offering up the ultimate truism on politics during his inauguration today.

A charity that formed after the Sandy Hook shooting and raised about $100,000 is currently missing about $70,000 of that total.

Using Windows XP after April is like asking your computer to be overtaken by viruses.

The White House had to respond to a stupid joke Jimmy Kimmel made about China.

18:19 // 8 months ago
January 15, 2013

Sandy relief bill headed to the Senate following House approval

  • $50B in Sandy relief funding was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, roughly two weeks after House Republicans shocked the nation by adjourning the 112th Congress without bringing a vote on any sort of disaster relief bill. Early reports suggest that most of the Sandy relief bill’s opposition actually came from House Democrats Tuesday morning, with a combined total of 52 members from both parties voting against the legislation. source
16:23 // 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
December 7, 2012
breakingnews:

BREAKING: US economy adds 146,000 jobs in November
The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.AP reports:

Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated. And the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

Photo: A man walks past destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Queens borough of New York on Nov. 27, 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

The good news: Things are improving. The better news: A tough month after Sandy didn’t crimp the improvement.

breakingnews:

BREAKING: US economy adds 146,000 jobs in November

The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

AP reports:

Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated. And the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

Photo: A man walks past destroyed homes on the Rockaway Peninsula in the Queens borough of New York on Nov. 27, 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

The good news: Things are improving. The better news: A tough month after Sandy didn’t crimp the improvement.

8:49 // 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
November 4, 2012

Smart Way To Help Those In Need After Sandy

evangotlib:

Some very creative folks started a wedding registry on Amazon.com for items desperately needed in Brooklyn.  One of the people behind this effort is a client of mine so I know for a fact this is 100% legit.

Please help them out…signal boost, buy something, whatever you can do.

This is smart. A very smart hack of Amazon.

22:52 // 1 year ago
Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — "These people need help"  — nails it.
(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — "These people need help"  — nails it.

(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

19:54 // 1 year ago