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Governor: Progress Seen As Power And Transit Systems Light Back Up

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Speaking to reporters Saturday, Governor Cuomo said almost all of Manhattan now has power back, which is helping to get subway and other crucial services back online. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says Hurricane Sandy was the worst storm to hit the region in generations, and subway systems suffered the most damage in their history. However, day by day, he says, progress is being made.

"Eighty percent of subway service has been restored. That is literally in under one week. Eighty percent of it restored from what was horrendous damage," Cuomo noted.

Service on the 4, 5, and 6 lines has been restored. The 7 line was also running again with with its East River crossing reopened. The F, J, D and M lines are expected to be fully operational by Sunday. But not all lines are clear just yet.

"L train, the tunnel is actually flooded there from wall to wall, ceiling to ceiling. It's going to take a while to get that out. Probably sometime during the week," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota.

The governor says a stoppage at the Port of New York led to fuel shortages in the city. But a shutdown of the Linden refinery across the river in New Jersey also contributed to long gas lines.

"The shortage was the entire fuel delivery system. And we had issues on every aspect of the system, basically," said Cuomo. "The biggest bottle neck was the Coast Guard closed the harbor and tankers couldn't get in."

The governor says ample fuel has arrived and supply should return to normal by early next week.

Cuomo also pitched in with the National Guard Saturday, which is working to deliver meals and water to the city's hardest hit areas.

Starting On Thursday, the National Guard began delivering one million meals from FEMA to those in need. Now, officials will be coordinating with Bowery Mission, the community food bank and others that perform the job full time to ensure that the meals are getting to those most in need.

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