Coping After Sandy

Friday, November 02, 2012

Reporters, experts and listeners provide news and information from around the region as the region continues to clean up and recover.

Guests include WNYC's Richard Hake and NJPR's David Furst, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, plus live coverage of Gov. Cuomo's press conference, and:

WNYC business editor Charlie Herman;

WNYC's Bob Hennelly;

David Lopez, breaking news editor for Newsday;

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein;

WNYC's SchoolBook reporter Yasmeen Khan;

NJPR's Nancy Solomon


Long Island food distribution sites, per Patch:

NASSAU – Christopher Morely Park in Roslyn; Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach; Cedar Creek Park in Seaford

SUFFOLK – H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge; the Riverhead City Center; the Mastic Fire House in Mastic


Andrea Bernstein, David Furst, Richard Hake, Bob Hennelly, Charlie Herman, Yasmeen Khan, Joseph Lhota, David Lopez and Nancy Solomon

Comments [22]


I would just like to thank the Brian Lehrer Show, for the amazing coverage last week. BLS was a lighthouse on a dark night and it brought comfort during the aftermath. Thanks again.

PS. This show should always be three hours long.

Nov. 04 2012 08:31 AM
Bill James

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT or PodCars) was the solution identified for sustainable urban transportation after the 1973 Oil Embargo by Congressional Office of Technology Assessment Study PB-244854. The PRT network opened in Morgantown, WV has since delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger-miles.

I have been trying to build PRT networks in NY and NJ for most of decade. Here is a link to an example of connecting the Meadowlands to Manhattan:

Nov. 03 2012 12:59 PM
Katie Butler from Hoboken until last night

Im concerned about citizens in the most devastated areas being able to exercise their right to vote. Many have fled to far off places and won't be back to their towns and destroyed houses for Tuesday. Great that count clerk offices are open for voting and polling stations are being rigged up to replace destroyed ones, but neither of those things addresses the voting rights of those who've taken refuge in other states and can't physically get back to vote. Is anyone thinking about this???

Nov. 02 2012 01:13 PM
josunyc from uws

I can't believe how self-congratulatory appeasers media and politicians are being... You have millions of people without power 4 days after a storm that while large geographically didn't even qualify as a category 1 hurricane.

It shows how far this city has fallen behind in infrastructure and management.

They should hold the Marathon, so that the world becomes aware of the Haiti-like incompetent and corrupt system we have.

Nov. 02 2012 12:05 PM
John A. from Westchester.

On Sunday, I went out and photographed two (2) trees, for a reason. On Monday, the next day, both trees failed - one into a 13KV distribution line. Perhaps 75 homes lost power from it, and are still out. ConEd could've been more proactive. Those trees had been in a ready-to-go state for over a year.

Nov. 02 2012 11:53 AM
Chris from NYC

I'd love to know if there's any truth to the reports that non-union workers who've traveled from Alabama were turned away not allowed to help those in distress.

Nov. 02 2012 11:51 AM
Karen from Long Island

I'm in Nassau County NY...on the bay. I have seen the national guard, there are several FEMA home bases up and running...currently Lindenhurst and at Nassau Community College..My local town is sending trucks every day to get rid of the massive piles of debris from the destroyed storms…the power is still out…but it is crazy here…seriously The loss of life and home is stunning...this was a Katrina like event…this all takes time.

Nov. 02 2012 11:46 AM
Mike in Manhattan from Manhattan

From what I'm listening to right now on, there are no reporters on Staten Island - what is going on out there? Are there people trapped without food and water? Are there elderly people trapped in high-rise buildings in Manhattan without access to food and water. I'm seeing reports of this online, but not in NY media. If these things aren't happening, ok, great. If they are, where is the leadership to get these people help asap? If this kind of thing is happening, why don't we know about it? And why are we running a marathon? Can you imagine if they ran a marathon in New Orleans just days after Katrina? What's the deal?? I am going downtown right now to see what I can find out, but it would be nice if WNYC could either confirm or deny these reports. Thank you.

Nov. 02 2012 11:15 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Calls'em" is Michael Brown in disguise. Heck of a job brother.

Nov. 02 2012 10:59 AM
Calls'em from McLean, VA

Brian, how about a little dose of the truth? FEMA has failed us during Hurricane Sandy as have some local response efforts. The politicians should stop patting each other on the back saying "heck of a job" to each other. There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people trapped it their homes and apt buildings with no heat, electricity and many without food and water. The region is out of gas and we face the possibility of hundreds of thousands of citizens being denied the right to vote. The joke was not lost on you that the relief services want to see positive ID for dry ice, water and MREs, but not for voting. 0bama came into New Jersey and acted like a PreZident for about 90 minutes and then took off to Las Vegas for some more fund raising. It's pathetic how the media distorts reality. In Katrina, the combined resources of the Federal Government, including FEMA were activated before the storm and did what they could despite being thwarted by an incompetent Mayor in NO and Governor of LA as well as the largest storm in US history.

Nov. 02 2012 10:51 AM
designwriter from Manhattan

Any way to mobilize the food trucks in the city? It would be a win/win for folks out there with little or no access to food and for the vendors whose business is suffering. They would have to charge regular prices, nothing like the $8-a-slice pizza I am hearing about right now.

Nov. 02 2012 10:45 AM
wendy from manhattan

can anyone suggest a way to get to a shelter to help from uws in manhattan? some suggestions would be great - so hard to find that info online now

Nov. 02 2012 10:15 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Michael - you really need Jesus. What horrible things you say.

Nov. 02 2012 10:08 AM
Michael from New Rochelle

This could be a windfall for the small business owners who own the franchise for the gas stations.

The gas lines are crazy.

We should be allowed to bid up the price we're willing to pay to jump forward in line. I was thinking that for 10 gallons I'd be willing to spend up to $6 per if I could jump to the front of the line or maybe to car number 4 after the three people willing to spend more.

Nov. 02 2012 09:57 AM
rose from Brooklyn

Why is no one talking about the people in the Bronx?
Please cover the damage and the power outages in that neighborhood as well.

Thank you.

Nov. 02 2012 09:41 AM

The self-employed get screwed, as usual!!

You just don't exist!

Nov. 02 2012 09:35 AM

Why doesn't anyone ask this question???

On average, Con Ed customers paid 25.59 cents for a kilowatt hour of electricity in 2011. That’s a bit more than twice the national average price of 11.72 cents per kilowatt hour. The highest residential rates of any major utility in the 48 contiguous states. The only people who pay more live in Alaska, Hawaii, Fishers and Block Islands.


And, we STILL have an obsolete electric grid that is a hundred years old that fails with the slightest stress - winter, summer or storm.

Where the hell does the $$$ go???

Nov. 02 2012 09:32 AM
Julie from Washington Heights

This is not important in the grand scheme of things, but I'm curious: why have only half of the lights on the GWB been lit since Sandy? Solidarity? Conservation? Just broken?

Nov. 02 2012 09:26 AM
andy from manhattan

My (injured) wife is running the marathon on Sunday. She feels it is a great way to honor each burrough, and to re-connect with the city as a larger whole. Go Super D!

Running the marathon after such an event tells the world one thing more than any other - that we may be a bit battered, but NYC remains alive and kicking.

Nov. 02 2012 09:17 AM
TriBeCa gen from Stuck uptown!

We are lucky enough to have moved out of TriBeCa for this blackout to a hotel uptown. It's very divisive. Uptown breezily goes about business as though nothing is going on while those unable to leave the blackout zones are cold and hungry. It is offensive - and not surprising given the world Bloomberg moves in - that he would champion the running of the marathon. Maybe he'll just move the water trucks from NYCHA housing along the route. There are not enough traffic cops in the blackout zone, but lets pay more overtime to redirect traffic on Sunday. Is unconscionable.

Nov. 02 2012 09:17 AM
Reuven from Washington Heights

(Suggestions sent to NYT)

I suggest that you report the location of deaths from Sandy in NYC on a map identifying evacuation zones. I think it would be newsworthy to determine who died because they (or others) refused to evacuate Zone A. The information might help to determine whether the zones should be reconfigured and where to erect warning signs -- as deer crossing signs are posted on roadways where deer have died.

I also encourage the Times to do a piece, including a cost-benefit analysis, on the closing of city parks. The Mayor frequently claims concern for the health of NYC residents (e.g., cigarettes, soft drink size), yet now he bans kids from playgrounds and everyone from the healthful benefits of public recreation (walking, jogging, basketball, soccer, tennis...) for days on end. I wonder whether significantly more trees and large limbs have fallen since Tuesday than is usual while the weather has been dry and the winds relatively calm; falling objects are simply a daily risk of being outside (or even inside) in NYC. I imagine that there has been significant property damage (and possibly personal injuries) in areas without working traffic lights, yet the Mayor has not banned automobile travel in those locations. [Debris on pathways would be a concern, opening the Greenway as a way for cyclists to travel away from motorists would be an additional benefit.]

Nov. 02 2012 09:17 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I live in Brooklyn, on the Midwood/Marine Park border. We were VERY fortunate. We had power most of the time. Just had a few downed tree branches, one telephone pole that I know of and a couple of power lines down.

My issue is with transportation. We still have no subway service. We do have express bus service to get into Manhattan, but the MTA left the regular service instead of adding extra buses, and most of the buses are filling up fast and bypassing many of the later stops, which is not too helpful.

Nov. 02 2012 09:12 AM

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