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WNYC's Richard Hake and NJPR's David Furst provide extended news coverage of the nor'easter and its effects on the region's recovery from Sandy.
Don't think that services are being diverted from the poor to serve the rich. There's done of work left ignored all throughout Westchester - roads closed with wires down, electricity out, gas stations closed. The workers seem to be properly out where the problems are worse.
I hope the smell of plastic is the only thing outgassing in the FEMA trailers this time, & not the toxins found in the trailers FEMA provided to Katrina survivors.
I absolutely agree regarding the workers who are day and night getting services going. The decision to move the J back to express after having it do local all week was made by MTA executives, not the repair crews..
There is probably an under-appreciated outcome of the housing disaster — something Bloomberg will appreciate that many may not.
If 40,000 people are now homeless, they have to find a place somewhere. IF that is outside the city, and IF they end up living there for just a few months, they will likely leave the city permanently. The further they are, the more likely they are to find work nearer that new location and the more likely they are to leave for good.
That, coupled with the glaring infrastructure problems that have become unmistakable post-Sandy, makes New York _less_ appealing as a location for businesses and workers. So Sandy can become a long-term economic shock to New York if the city doesn't get on the basic infrastructure problems that made Sandy worse than it had to be.
WOW - maybe things really are changing in NJ.
The under sheriff that got canned for taking a departmental generator - this kind of thing goes on all over NJ. This is the first time there seems to be a consequence, usually the public gets irate and nothing happens.
Of course, I sure the crooked dirtbag will still get his big, fat pension.
It's times like this that I don't regret having left the state.
While it's true that there are difficulties with subways in some areas, I think the transit workers have been incredible in getting as much subway service back as quickly as they have, especially given the potential dangers of being underground with power lines down and water everywhere. How many of us would choose to take jobs like these? I think they deserve some love too.
Cuomo promptly sacking one of his managers for inappropriately using government workers to clear a fallen tree on his property - brilliant.
Yesterday, WNYC reported on how bad subway service is in northern Brooklyn in the wake of Sandy (from the Hewes street station). Well, the MTA has managed to make it even worse! Today we discovered that, although there still is no L service, they have resumed express J service effectively reducing service to Williamsburg. This morning, at the Hewes street station, a cold wet and miserable mob watched as 4 half empty J trains passed us by. Thanks, MTA!
Where is the best place to donate money? Is there a small, local group I can donate to? I prefer giving to a local organization and not a big charity, because I want to support local groups and I feel like the money will go more directly to storm victims, is this true?
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