Mayor Michael Bloomberg says most of New York City's public housing residents should have electricity by Saturday and heat by early next week.
Speaking on his weekly WOR-AM radio show, the mayor said the largest group of people suffering will be those along the coast, where salt-water flooding damaged home electrical panels. He said even if power is restored, electricity may not be turned on until every panel has been inspected or disconnected.
"So that's a group that we did have to worry about but now do not have to worry about," Bloomberg said.
Some residents have been without power for 11 days since Sandy walloped the region.