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This nor'easter is kicking us when we're down. In the words of a Staten Islander on my Facebook feed: "Is Mother Nature drunk?" Looks like it. Yes, we've been through worse before. Yes, we will make it through the night. It just sure would be nice to catch a break.
A week after Sandy left New Yorkers in coastal neighborhoods reeling, a November nor'easter is threatening to down power lines and flood streets once again. Today's storm won't be as bad, but many in the five boroughs have grown tired of waiting on gas lines, waiting on voting lines, and waiting for electricity.
There is some good news to report. The MTA restored G train service between Brooklyn and Queens. And F train service has now resumed to storm-battered Coney Island. Also today, school resumed for one million public school students across the five boroughs. What was your day like?
How is the nor'easter affecting you? What needs do you still have in the aftermath of Sandy? Did school get back to normal for you or your child? How did the Board of Elections do handling yesterday's vote?
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Hi I am a queens resident and I still have no power (Queens Village 91-08 215 Place ). Every time I call there is no information went my power will be back. My kids is getting sick because I have no heat can you get a update for me.
Teachers and students are told to report to buildings with no heat. People are leaving homes without heat to schools with no heat. They are getting sick. The city does not care, Dept of Ed. does not care and the union does not care. What do we do?
The power in some areas of Coney Island, New York has now been out for over a week, but local residents are holding up. Despite getting deluged by the surging ocean and bay waters simultaneously, residents of Brooklyn’s barrier island are showing strength. Locally, cellular phone towers were inoperable while cellular batteries slowly died anyway. Downed power lines still create fires as electricity struggles to resume. Ocean water corrodes submerged transformers and residential fuse boxes, causing building-trembling explosions while tossing steel manhole covers like confetti . Thousands of people are displaced as the ocean crashed through windows and quickly flooded walk-in levels and basement apartments everywhere. Many immigrant families, living in illegal quarters- and fearful of government run local shelters- have not been counted as victims. Cars swept onto the sidewalk by the surging street currents remain flooded and barricade streets as far away as a mile from the shore. The tidal surge dumped sand and salt water to areas further than sight distance from the beach. The sand remains, blowing in the November winds at the shore, reminding the residents how vulnerable we are. A week after the flood waters receeded, the leftover sand inhibits ventilation of every home. Any rainfall, be it a ‘noreaster or not, will be helpful.
I am not sure if news media is aware of the gas problem in brooklyn and queens. It has been several days mayor and governor announced solution to gasoline problem and said it will be fine in a few days. The problem got resolved in NJ and upstate NY starting westchester but it got worse in brooklyn and queens.
Gas stations do not have supply all day and only 30% of the gas stations have supplies at any given time of the day. The lines on those stations take 2 hours or more and people at the end of the line are turned back because those stations run out of gas. There was a very few areas in queens lost power. So power was not the cause here.
Governor said all the problems at the harbor and supply terminals were resolved by sunday and this is wednesday. Lines are still unbelievable in queens and brooklyn gas stations. We see no reaction from mayor or governor to think about the issue. Everyone understand sandy caused it but if american government wants to resolve this issue, they can do it.
No gas it is a p I a.
This must be so hard for these people to have to take with this new storm that has already arrived.
NO FEMA AND NO RED CROSS HELP AT ALL. THESE AGENCIES JUST MAKE AN APPEARANCE AND THEN NO ONE EVER HEARS FROM THEM AGAIN. I MYSELF WILL NEVER CONTRIBUTE BECAUSE THE MONEY NEVER GOES TO THE ACTUAL CAUSE. PEOPLE LIVING THERE ARE DOING THEIR OWN CLEANUPS. IT'S SO SAD. WE HAVE TO HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE AND STOP ALL OF THIS. THE POLITICIANS JUST JUST DO THEIR PHOTO OPS AND THROW BOUQUETS AT ONE ANOTHER.
Thank you John,
Compared to what you have just described my situation is simple. There are downed wires in my area although we have power, there is now slushy slippery stuff on the sidewalk and outside stairways,as a result I am afraid of slipping and/or falling and of possible electrocution.Although I didn`t lose electricity or have flooding it is now possible.
Rosalie from Brooklyn.
Today a local politician, Marty Goldman has stated, as per Department of Energy, There is a fuel shortage "STILL" due to 8 out of 9 Shipping Ports that receive Fuel Shipments remain closed. Why is this not being reported to the public. I am a queens resident, and 95% of gas stations are closed. the 5% that are open there are 6 hour waits to fill up. Often, after waiting 6 hours, stations sell out. Governor Cuomo stated the gas shortage would ease by now, yet it has not.And not informing the public about this situation is very wrong. I thought the media is supposed to monitor and report on situations as this and try and help resolve issues and bring resolution, not cover up a story such as this.
He had the nerve to call the idea of changing when we vote for mayor because "it doesn't fit the timing of the Board of Elections" ridiculous. Well Bloomberg, it's not any more ridiculous than you changing how many times you could run for mayor. Why should you be the only one who gets to manipulate the system for your own selfish benefit.
My morning commute from Staten Island was bad - it took 1 1/2 hour to get to midtown with a detour on 34th St. The bus driver apologized for the inconvenience, that was so nice of him to say even though this wasn't his fault.
Tonight thanks to hurricane sandy the 10x express bus is going through the Holland tunnel to the Bayonne bridge to Staten Island. This took 2 hours from the city. After I get off the bus my husband picked me up at the bus stop, about 3 miles from our house - of course still cant gas on Staten Island. Getting home he spun out thanks to the snow and almost had 3 accidents from spinning out.
My heart was in my throat and was shocked all of this would happen in 1 day. dont know how much more of this I can handle. We are exasperated here.
Paula from Staten Island
I commute from Queens to long island. I thought the LIRR was running pretty well on their adjusted schedule due to the hurricane, but with this snow storm I hope things aren't too bad tomorrow. My college is most likely NOT going to cancel school since we've missed so much time already.
Christina, Ozone Park
After helping My friend whom lost his apartment in Bellharbor queens. We took a tour of the area and found out the devastion is much more realistic than watching it on tv. i feel sorry and dimay that mayor bloomberg won't avail himeself to governor cuomo to add more national guard. I feel ponious pilot bloomberg need to recheck himself thankgod he is gone next year
I am currently a teacher at FDR high School in Brooklyn. Our school has been turned into a shelter to house approximately 800 evacuees. Since the storm, students have not been in attendance but the staff has been in since last Friday. The evacuees have been placed in the students' cafeteria, auditorium, gym and in classrooms throughout the first and second floors.
The conditions throughout the building are not only unsanitary but unsafe. Evacuees were caught having sex in one classroom, smoking Marijuana on the side of the building and one exposed himself to a few of the female children. This morning, our custodian discovered that someone had defecated in a garbage pail on the fourth floor!!. (An area evacuees are not supposed to be in)
Today we were told that students will not attend tomorrow (They have already missed a week of instruction.) and might be relocated to 4 other buildings on Thursday. We have 3400 students! What are Mayor Bloomberg and the Chancellor thinking?? Obviously, students cannot enter this building with evacuees still present and without the building being properly disinfected. At the same time, Relocation is extremely disruptive to the entire educational process. If Bloomberg and Walcott really cared about educating students, then why are they using schools as shelters? Bloomberg needs to stop pretending that everything in the city has returned to normal because we all know that's not the case. Come to my school and see for yourself. Its sad!
- Disheartened Teacher
It's so bizarre to see Bloomberg standing there in his natty suit telling people at Breezy Point and other storm ravaged areas to stay safe, etc. He could just as well be telling Africans in Chad to stay out of the sun. He is so disconnected to real New Yorkers, it would be funny if it weren't so tragic. He's a total failure and disgrace.
I'm a student at a school in Brooklyn and i have been very upset because it has been very cold this morning. i hope tomorrow school is closed because i had a lot of homework and since i thought the g train was not in service, i walked home and all my books were wet. its freezing outside and i don't think that having school when we just came out of a hurricane and it is now snowing. My first name is Sandy and i attend I.S. 318
Where are the snow plows Mr. Mayor?? Why was I on a MTA bus that was slipping and sliding and that took me 40 minutes to get home when it only takes me 15 min on a normal day. The driving conditions are terrible! I understand that people are recovering from Sandy but we need not lose more lives by disregarding how bad this storm system has become. Furthermore, I keep all those with no power in my thoughts. Please hurry Con Ed we need you! Stay warm New York!
Jasmine from Ozone Park
FIRST I WANT TO SAY I LOVE YOUR SHOW.MAYOR BLOOMBERG SAID THAT THOUSANDS OF HEATERS WERE DONATED TO THE BOROUGHS THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM LACK OF HEAT DUE TO THE STORM. WE HERE ON THE LOWER EASTSIDE ARE STILL FREEZING.THE
BARUCH HOUSES, MASARYK TOWERS ON COLUMBIA ST, SMITH HOUSES, RUTGERS AN DLAGUARDIA HOUSES TO NAME A FEW. WE ARE FREEZING OUR CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING.WHO DO WE TURN TO? IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A WEEK.
I keep hearing that the residents in ny & nj are not getting the help they need from fema and outside states. The main reason the residents are going cold and hungry is that the unions are paying a power game with peoples lives. When help came in from alabama power the workers were detained so long by the union with bull crap about signing this and signing that union form that the workers got discusted and left. The union trucking co. in charge of hurricane relief are out of their elements. They are so busy chasing their tails and trying to figure out what to do next that not enough help is being done. I was a red cross volunteer during hurricane ivan in Louisina and got to meet the Landstar Transportation drivers that were helping there, They didn't chase their tail but went in and got the necessary help to the different areas. These same drivers have worked other major relief efforts and know where to start and how to get help fast and efficently to the hungry, cold, and homeless residents, but they are non-union and not allowed to help out with Sandy Is there anyone who will stand up and explain to the devastated residents why they have not been given the most experienced help available instead of letting inexperienced union personell run the show. The red cross volunteers and national guards seems to be doing the work while the union workers are getting the pay for it. The gov't officials seem to have their head in the sand and don't care what is going on or they just don't want to go up against the unions that are in charge. What is the answer.?? Will you let the residents know about this e-mail you received from a concerned outsider or just bury it in the sand also.
Resident of Tn.
my name is james ------i would like to see the homeless victims move to the izod center for jersey----and madison square garden and the barclay center ---basketball should be postponed ----------they did this in new orleans --remember-------------i just listened to faith in westerleigh------fema is so in staten island---you have to go to mount loretto --special office set up -------
Writing from Sunnyside SI, to Daniel at College Point: thank you for your kind thoughts and recognition of SI being the forgotten borough. My mom's house flooded to the 2nd floor, and she is lucky enough to have family to stay with outside of Dongan Hills. I have friends that lost their homes in Midland and Oakwood Beaches, and my prayers go out to all SI'ers who are in similarly dire and sad situations.
I live in Bayside, Queens there were houses in Fort Totten as of a few years ago. I am not sure if these have been torn down, but maybe it could be a space to use for a period of time.
Oh it was terrible for me coming home from work today, just hoping nothing serious
happens and as for Sandy, that was the most wicked storm I have ever experienced.
About the elections, if I am allowed to say this: I feel Mitt Romney did excellent for his
age and I would like to wish him all the best for the rest of his life.
Hope the now President see to it that all races are hired equally and fairly !!!!
I reside in downtown Manhattan and I just want to say I wish people where more grateful to the city because most areas got things up and running in a few days and they are doing the best they can. I'm just tired of hearing people complaining every small thing that effects them. It could always be worst. I'm disabled and in a wheelchair and I'm just happy to be alive.
I live in the North Flushing/Whitestone area. I haven't been able to get gas since hurricane Sandy. The gas stations either have no gas or the lines are a mile long. I'm worried about running out of gas while waiting on a gas line. My mom is elderly and I'm not able to go visit her. Do you know why gas is so scarce in this area? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Debbie from Flushing
I'm I fireman on Staten Island and I think the biggest problem is communication. No one knows what to do, and no one is telling them what to do. Is sanitation going to pickup what they throw out? Where do they go? or get what they need? Thank God the Staten Island community has pulled together to help each other, because the gov't isn't there.
It is very upsetting to hear people complaining about how the city isn't doing enough. We need to keep in mind that NYC isn't equipped to handle such catastrophes and that it may take some time to get things back to normal. We must not forget that our city workers have probably faced major losses and still have been able to work long hours in an attempt to restore the city. We are only human. People should stop thinking about all the things that haven't been done and realize that at-least they are alive to tell the story. One day soon, we will return to normalcy. For now, we need to stick together and acknowledge the fact that it takes people to make improvements. It is city workers that are breaking their backs and it isn't fair to put more pressure on them when they have suffered as well.
My family has been out of power and heat since oct 29th. As you can imagine my home is uninhabitable in this condition. I have called LIPA several times and rarely got a live person to talk with. There was no restoration date and the automated message said they were waiting for a crew to be dispatched. Finally online on lipa's website I had a restoration date of today. Mind you I was in the last 10 percent of customers that they were restoring. I'm not even in a flooded area so can't understand why we were nearly last to service. Service was not restored. I get a call from a lipa supervisor who informs me that the substation is down and that I will not get service earlier than Nov 12. Outrageous. Over 2 weeks and to storms later in frigid temperature and I can't get power. This deserves national coverage and is a catastrophe that lipa cannot service us sooner. My son us back in school and I have to wait in my uninhabitable home until he comes home so that we can stay at my parents who have heat. Thankfully. It is unconscionable that LIPA and all the elected officials are not providing the work force to get this job done sooner.
Please share this in the news media and let them know that us Long Islanders have become a forgotten island and we are in NY!
Why are we still having massive lines at the gas stations. This problems does not is not getting sufficient news coverage. If I had to rate the government response to the gas line, they would all get failing grades. What would happen if the President Obama, Governor Cuomo or Mayor Bloomberg had to weight three hours for gas. They would find a way to quickly end the gas lines
Glad the Nor'Easter didn't occur on Election Day. I can imagine how many folks would not have voted if it snowed continuously as it has since this afternoon! You're doing a wonderful job!
Morningside Heights (Manhattan), NY
125th st and 2nd ave BP station. Take third ave and turn right on 128 to wrap around to 2nd ave. 15 minute wait $30 maximum except for TLC drivers!!
Yesterday I was able to fill up both of my cars at different gasoline stations. I went out to Woodmere to fill up my first car and Eastern Parkway for my second car.
We live at east meadow, ny, we have been out of power for over 10 days, what's the government doing for us?
The was no problem when I went to the polls at about lunchtime 1230P. I went to PS223 in South Ozone Park. It took about at 45min. inasmuch as I'd reviewed the bios on the prospective judges ahead online. My voting took less than two minutes in all.
I witnessed all the physically challenged walk right up to the front and inside. The police were very courteous, assisting the elderly, and informative. I only objected to the size of the font on the ballot as I found myself assisting two of my neighbors who'd not had their reading glasses with them.
I live in Rego Park & attempted to drive to Fresh Meadows 1 1/2 hours ago. The side streets are beyond slippery and dangerous! Please warn people! Why was the Barclays Center not used like the Astrodome was for Katrina. It's closer and easier to get to. Is basketball that important?
The politicians keep stringing us along here in the Bayridge section of Brooklyn. I am sure that it is the same all over Brooklyn. They are a bunch of liars, from Cuomo to Mayor Bloomberg.
The gas lines are not getting any better. They are getting longer. I had to wait on line from 12 midnight until 3 am in the morning Sunday night. I finally filled up my tank.
Andy from Bayridge
The lines in queens and great neck are more than 10 blocks long and most stations are closed. I got up at 5am. Found station that had a line of four blocks, opened at 7am and got to the pump at 8:30.
I got gas in CT..after long search and asking people all around who were able to get gas somehow waiting in long lines or getting up very early morning or even with canisters.. Smaller or no lines in CT, but you need enough gas to be able to get to gas station ... I couldn't get any gas since last week in Queens or Melville Long Island where I work.. Brooklyn the same situation as far as i know..
Kathryn D. NY
If the mayor implemented a plan which allowed cars with an odd number as the last digit of plate number to gas up on a different day than those with even ones will help. Also, certain times of the could be set aside for the wallk ups.
The gas lines in Brooklyn are terrible. Why do we have to drive to nj to get gas? If there is no shortage why can't we get gas? Even stranger, communities like bay ridge, sunset park and dyker heights Who for the most part didn't lose power are the worst hit when it comes to gas. Something is wrong and we are not learning the truth.
Bernie, bay ridge ny
Traumatic events and experiences are, for many, followed by acute traumatic stress disorder, which can last for up to 30 days before becoming post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When the lights went out, I went into survivor mode, and thought I'd be celebrating when the lights came back on. Instead, I was overwhelmed by the rush of emotions I'd been holding back all week. Certainly the city must focus its resources on grief counseling for those who have lost their property and belongings, but even the toughest and most resilient New Yorker can be traumatized by traumatic events. I've been trying to form a self-help support group for people in my own neighborhood who have been traumatized by the blackout. I posted flyers around my neighborhood, set up a webpage, sent out e-mails to people and asked them to forward it, a notice is permanently posted in my building. An advantage of group therapy is you are in a group with people who have had similar experiences, and it is healing to share, to listen, and to offer comfort to others. 1-800-LIFENET referred me to JBFCS; JBFCS referred me to 1-800-LIFENET. I am five days in to my ATSD, and humor is all I have - the farce of the clueless sending people to the clueless has left me with acute misinformation stress disorder as well!
"Help is available!" says an on-line brochure from NYC Health. Call 1-800-LIFENET... To reduce your stress during a disaster, keep yourself informed by obtaining information from reliable resources...Do not listen to or act upon rumors." 1-800-LIFENET is itself an unreliable resource!
Speaking of misinformation, don't you realize that people without power don't have access to cable TV and access to internet services. How do people without power visit nyc.gov or mta.info or send or receive an e-mail? Do you realize how irritating it is to listen to the radio and hear endless promos for websites? People calling 311 for help are put on hold so they can listen to a message telling them they can also use "click311" on the web! On tonight's The Call, your guest suggested that long lines at election sites could be reduced by using technology. During a blackout?!
electrical power = refrigerators and microwaves = hot water and heat = elevators and lights = cellphones and smartphones = television and computers = internet and cable TV. Get it?
SPECIAL THANKS TO BROOKLYN COLLEGE POLL WORKERS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND COMPASSIONATE SERVICE. YES, THE LINES WERE LONG ALL DAY. HOWEVER,THE VOTERS WITH HEALTH ISSUES WERE NOT IGNORED AND MY COMMUNITY WAS PATIENT.