Hurricane Sandy Update as of 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

By - NOV. 21, 2012

The Following is an Update of City Government's Storm Response as of 5:00
PM on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Staten Island Ferry Service

Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced a request for bids from New
York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Staten
Island to Manhattan.

  •  The service is expected
    to begin by November 26 and will run for eight weeks as storm recovery
    work continues.
  • Ferries will depart the
    newly-constructed landing at Great Kills between 6:00 and 9:00 AM for Pier
    11 at Wall Street, and continue to 35th Street.
  • Ferries will return to
    Staten Island between 12:00 Noon and 6:15 PM.
  • One-way fare will be

School Days Added to Make Up
for Time Lost Due to Hurricane Sandy

The City, Council of School
Supervisors and Administrators and United Federation of Teachers reached an
agreement to make up school days lost because of Hurricane Sandy:

  • School will be open the last three days
    of scheduled winter break, February 20 - 22, 2013.
  • The half-day scheduled for June 4 will
    now become a full day of class.

The City continues to make progress
on reopening schools damaged by the storm:

  • 5,400 students returned to their
    original school buildings on Monday.
  • More than 26,000 students from 47
    schools are back in their regular buildings.
  • 7,800 students from 18 schools remain at
    their reassigned sites due to ongoing repair work.

Door-to-Door Canvass

City coordinated a massive relief effort through NYC Service, the Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene and nonprofits and also organized medical teams that:

  • Canvassed high-rise
    apartments in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Red Hook
  • Provided
    food, water and medical assessments with prescriptions
  • Evacuated 44
    people for medical reasons.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development is also contacting building
owners in affected areas to ask if services have been restored and if they can
check on their residents in buildings where power and heat are still
unavailable, Visiting Nurse Services is following up with tenant outreach. 
More than 65,000 residents have been contacted through this process.

Mobile Medical Vans with
Prescription Services

City has deployed vans staffed with primary care providers who will be
able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs at
several locations in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Volunteers are
also going door-to-door to reach people who may have medical needs but remain
in their homes without heat and power. The location and hours are available

Extension of the Odd-Even
Gasoline Purchasing System

Bloomberg extended the emergency order establishing an odd-even license plate
system for gasoline purchases. It will remain in effect until and including
Friday, November 23, and operates as follows:

  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an even
    number or ‘zero' purchase fuel on even numbered days.
  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd
    number purchase fuel on odd numbered days.
  • Vehicles with licenses plates ending in letters
    will be deemed as odd numbered plates and can make purchases on odd
    numbered days.
  • Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses
    and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates and vehicles licensed
    by the Taxi and limousine Commission are exempt.

Food, Water & Supply
Distribution at City-Run Resource Sites

City has opened food and water distribution sites in the hardest hit areas and
are staffed by City employees, volunteers, the Salvation Army and National
Guard. Locations and hours:

From Thursday, November 1 through Monday,
November 19, the following have been distributed:

  • Approximately 2,062,306 meals
  • More than 685,400 bottles of water
  • More than 170,856 blankets
  • 6,871 cases of baby
    formula, diapers and wipes
  • 8,788 packs of new
    underwear (kids and adults)
  • 1,552 winter hats
  • 3,000 winter gloves
  • 3,863 socks
  • 4,000 hand-warmers
  • 10,758 D batteries
  • 15,830 C batteries
  • 1,496 AA batteries
  • 507 cases of
    garbage bags
  • 3,435
  • 759 cases of toilet
  • 2,301 cases of bleach
    and other cleaning materials
  • 800 mop and
    construction buckets
  • 600 dustpans
  • 20,000 cases of
    Ziploc bags
  • 6,000 masks
  • 10,000 boxes of
    cleaning wipes
  • 1,500 work gloves
  • 928 cases of soap
    and hand sanitizer
  • 403 cases of fruit
    and apple sauce
  • 1,325 cases of dried
    food and canned food
  • 560 cases of
    Gatorade and juice

Partnership with Local Food

Mayors Fund to Advance New York City partnered with the NYC Food Truck
Association and local foodtrucks to coordinate hot food distribution in areas
severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

the start of the partnership, the food trucks have served or donated 178,638
meals. The locations and hours are available

Power Customers Out

  • Total Con Ed customers
    without power: 2,151
  • Total LIPA customers
    without power: 13,015

Trees and Debris

  • Tree service
    requests from both Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter total 26,011, and 15,432 of
    those were for trees down.
  • The City has
    addressed 17,657 of these emergency tree conditions and crews continue to work
    around the clock to address conditions.

Sanitation 24-Hour Debris Cleanup Continues

Bloomberg directed the Department of Sanitation to adjust collections schedule
so that 24-hour cleanup could continue in the hard-hit areas of Staten Island,
Queens and Brooklyn.

crews have collected more than 271,073 tons of trash, debris and tree as a part
of storm cleanup operations. They has continued work
throughout the weekend to clean up backlogged recycling and refuse left
at curbside from redeployment to emergency storm debris cleanup

NYCHA Facilities

  • Heat and hot
    water have been restored to all buildings impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Power has been
    restored to all NYCHA residential buildings impacted by Hurricane Sandy.


New NYC Restoration Centers

Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Restore
to connect New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy with the financial, health,
environmental and residential services they need - as well as FEMA

  • NYC Restoration Centers open earlier
    this week from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM in Far
    Rockaway, Gravesend, Coney Island, Red Hook, Breezy Point and Staten
  • Additional NYC Restoration Centers opened in
    Throggs Neck and Arverne earlier today.
  • Human Resources Administration staff
    will provide information on Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
    Program (SNAP) and temporary cash assistance.
  • Department of Small Business Services
    will provide information on loans and reimbursements to small businesses.
  • The Departments of Health, Consumer
    Affairs, Housing Preservation and Development and Aging as well as the
    Administration for Children Services are also on site.
  • The Department of Consumer Affairs
    Office of Financial Empowerment offers financial counseling, including
    filing insurance claims, personal debt counseling, and financial guidance
    on housing recovery.
  • Tomorrow, Con Ed will have
    representatives at the Gravesend, Red Hook and Staten Island restoration
    centers, and National Grid representatives will also be available at the
    Arverne center.
  • The Department of Youth
    and Community Development will provide information about 

More information is available at

Alternate Side Parking

Alternate side parking regulations
are suspended indefinitely in the neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
They include:

  • Queens Community Board 14: Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Neponsit,
    Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway Park, Rockaway and Far Rockaway, and is delimited
    by Jamaica Bay to the north, the Nassau County line to the east and the
    Atlantic Ocean to the south. Note that as Staten Island does not have ASP, that
    borough is not affected by the reinstatement of regulations in the remainder of
    the city.
  • Portion of Brooklyn Community Board 6: west of and including Hamilton Avenue, covering
    the neighborhood of Red Hook. The area is delimited by the East River,
    Upper New York Bay, Gowanus Creek and Hamilton Avenue.
  • Brooklyn Community Board 13: Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Sea Gate,
    and is delimited by Gravesend Bay on the west, 26th Avenue, 86th Street
    and Avenue Y on the north, Coney Island Avenue and Corbin Place on the
    east, and Lower New York Bay on the south (indicating that the west side
    of Corbin Place will be exempt from ASP regulations, while the east side
    will not, for example).
  • Brooklyn Community Board 15: Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay,
    Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest and
    Plum Beach, and is delimited by Corbin Place, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue
    Y, 86th street, Avenue U and MacDonald Avenue, Avenue P and Kings Highway on
    the north, Nostrand Avenue and Marine Park on the east, as well as by the
    Atlantic Ocean on the south.
  • Brooklyn Community Board 18: Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands,
    Marine Park, Georgetown and Mill Island and is delimited by Nostrand
    Avenue on the west, the Long Island Rail Road viaduct on the north, Van
    Sinderen Avenue and Louisiana Avenue on the east and Short Parkways on the

NYC Rapid Repairs

Bloomberg announced NYC Rapid Repairs, a new program to send teams of
contractors and City inspectors to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

  • Under
    unprecedented partnership with FEMA, City will coordinate all repair work
  • Crews work
    to quickly and efficiently repair damaged homes
  • Homeowners
    can sign up on or 311 to secure; they must also register for a
    FEMA ID number from or 1-800-621-3362

 Approximately 5,000 people have signed up for the program.

$500 Million for Major
Repair Work

Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Comptroller Liu announced a $500 million emergency
capital spending plan to make critical repairs to public schools and public
hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The City
already has authorized $134 million in spending following Hurricane Sandy to
provide emergency services and recovery and relief programs. Those expenses

  • $20 million for the
    Department of Transportation to repair the Battery Park Overpass
  • $1.7 million for the
    Department of Transportation to repair the Whitehall and St. George ferry
  • $12 million for the
    Department of Sanitation Office of Emergency Management to remove debris
  • $2.5 million to the
    Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Human Resource
    Administration for food and water distribution.
  • $2 million to the
    Department of Citywide Administrative Services for the delivery of
    maintenance, repair and operations supplies for response operations
  • $5 million for
    electrical plumbing and water line inspections for homes in Staten Island
    and Queens
  • $1.1 million to the
    Office of Emergency Management for additional ambulances

Department of Buildings Application & Fee Waiver

As part of
the City's ongoing recovery and assistance operations to help New Yorkers
affected by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg signed an emergency order to waive
application and permit fees for Hurricane
Sandy repair work until further notice.

  • Buildings with significant structural damage in
    need of demolition, alterations or reconstruction will have all their
    repair work fees waived.
  • In addition, all fees for electrical and plumbing repair work
    will be waived until further notice for any building damaged by the storm.

City Expedites Licensing for Home Improvement Contractors

City is expediting additional Home Improvement Contractor licenses to encourage
unlicensed contractors or those working out of New York City to come work on
damaged property.

  • The
    Department of Consumer Affairs will expedite fingerprinting and
    applications so that licenses are issued in two days.
  • Home improvement contractors can begin the license
    application online
    or in-person at the Consumer Affairs Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th
  • There are
    currently 13,200 licensed home improvement contractors in New York City.
  • City encourages DCA-licensed contractors
    interested in subcontracting as part of NYC Rapid Repairs to register at

Expanded Staten Island Bus Service

City has expanded bus service for the X23 and X24 lines in Staten Island to
meet rising demands as a result of the storm.

  • Atlantic Express will operate one additional bus on the X23 route
    and one additional bus on the X24 route.
  • Each additional bus will make four trips, for a total of eight
    additional trips per day.

 The Economic
Development Corporation worked with Atlantic Express Bus to begin operating
temporary additional express bus service.

Rockaway Ferry Service

ferry service is now running between the Rockaways and Manhattan. Ferries
depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at
Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan. There are free transfer between Pier 11 and East 34th
Street in Midtown. One-way fares will cost $2.00.

Economic Development Corporation installed a temporary landing in the Rockaways
to accommodate the temporary ferry service.

Parking for Rockaway Ferry Service

Free parking is available for those
in the Rockaways taking the new ferry service to Manhattan. The parking lot,
which was secured thanks to the assistance of National Grid, is across Beach
Channel Drive from the new Rockaway ferry landing.

Support to Businesses

City's Department of Small Business Services and Economic Development
Corporation have put together a package of support for NYC businesses impacted
by the storm:

  • Emergency
    low-interest loans of up to $25,000 for businesses that have been interrupted
    and suffered damage as a result of the storm. Applications are available at any
    of the City's NYC Business Solutions Centers, by calling 311 and asking for
    "NYC Business Emergency Loan," or by visiting
  • For
    businesses facing significant rebuilding costs, the City will provide sales tax
    exemptions of up to $100,000 on purchases of materials, equipment and related
    services needed to rebuild. Learn more here:
  • For
    displaced businesses, the City has identified more than 170,000 square feet
    that will be made available free of charge, including 40,000 square feet of
    City space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and more than 125,000 square feet of
    space that private landlords have made available, across the five boroughs. A
    full listing of commercial spaces and other resources is available at
  • Information
    on disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is available at
    any of the City's NYC Business Solutions Centers, by calling 800-659-2955, or
    by visiting
  • Alliance for
    Coney Island-a nonprofit organization formed, with the help of the City, to
    continue the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, world-class
    recreational oceanfront destination-launched, a multipronged
    relief and recovery effort to help Coney Island residents and businesses
    dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Alliance is
    comprised of all major Coney businesses, and the City has provided them with
    $630,000 in funding originally allocated to the Coney Island Development
    Corporation which will wind down operations.

Shelter for Those without

shelters remain open and as of Monday morning, they were 286 evacuees and 71

  • Those who are using generators in their homes to
    run their heat should be very careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
    by never using portable generators indoors, in garages or near open
  • Early signs of
    hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech,
    stiffness in arms and legs, poor control over body movements and slow

Community Recovery Directors Assist with Immediate Needs in
Impacted Areas

Bloomberg appointed senior level New York City managers this week to identify
urgent needs, stay in close contact with the community leader and deploy
resources to meet needs. The City's Community Recover Directors are:

  • Haeda Mihaltses, Staten
  • Matt Mahoney, Manhattan
    and the Bronx
  • Nazli Parvizi, Brooklyn
  • Diahann Billings-Burford,

Brad Gair Appointed Director of Housing Recovery

The Mayor
appointed Brad Gair, one of the nation's top emergency management
professionals, to lead the effort to address challenge of providing longer-term
housing for New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Many
buildings that were flooded are going to be out of commission for a long time
because of damage to boilers and electrical systems. This includes public
housing, as well as private apartments and houses.

Air BNB Temporary Housing

Air BNB, an
on-line service that connects people seeking temporary housing with those who
have unusedspace, has launched a new platform to link New Yorkers displaced by
Hurricane Sandy to New Yorkers whowant to offer free places to stay. Air BNB
is providing with service at no fee, and information is available at      

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund 

  • To date, more than 14,400
    donors from around the country have contributed more than $40 million to
    the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy
  • Cash donations to
    support these and other efforts can be made through the Mayor's Fund to
    Advance New York City.
    Learn more here:
  • Cash
    donations are preferable to in-kind donations because the logistics of
    collecting and distributing those supplies are complex.
  • Anyone wishing to make
    cash contributions can go to or call 311 for details.

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