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WQXR Blog

Classical Label Climbs Back After Sandy Submerges Office

Monday, January 07, 2013

Eight weeks after Sandy, the offices of New Amsterdam Records, an independent record label in Red Hook, Brooklyn, remain battered.

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WNYC News

State Drive to Benefit Flood-Damaged Communties Upstate

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to help out upstate communities devastated by flooding earlier this year by donating items to a holiday drive.

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It's A Free Country ®

Funding FEMA in Congress and the Irene Example

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We have a federal government right now that sits on our economy like a stone. It does not need to be that way, so this is an expression of frustration which I fully share.

—  U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FEMA Funding and the Deficit

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), a co-chair with U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th) of the Hurricane Irene coalition in Congress, discusses ongoing budget negotiations in Washington. Then, Representative Pascrell, who serves on the House Budget Committee and is a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, gives his take on how the federal government can fund FEMA for disaster relief and overcome another looming budget impasse. Plus both react to NJ Governor Christie's decision not to run for president.

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The Empire

Nearly half of New Yorkers felt impact of recent storms: Siena Research

Monday, September 19, 2011

A new poll released today showed the impact felt by Hurricanes Irene and Lee affected nearly one-in-two people. A Siena Research poll released this morning said 47 percent of respondents said they were affected by the storms, but nearly two-thirds say they're no more prepared than prior to the storms.

“From Long Island, into the city, up the Hudson and along the Susquehanna, this storm will be remembered for a long time,” said Siena Research Institute's director Dr. Don Levy in a statement. “In the areas hit by the storms, three quarters said roads were blocked or inaccessible, sixty-one percent had wind damage, downed trees, or roof damage and sixty percent experienced power outages. A majority in those areas say that there was local flooding and public buildings were closed. Nearly four in ten had water in their basements. Over one in ten faced evacuation.”

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up on Insurance, Post-Irene

Thursday, September 15, 2011

J. Robert Hunter, director of Insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, follows up on how the insurance industry is reacting to the damage and flooding from Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene.

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Features

Irene Ruins Heirloom Tomato Season

Friday, September 02, 2011

WNYC

Yo, Brooklyn! Say goodbye to heirloom tomatoes. Wilkow Orchards, a staple at the Fort Greene and Grand Army Plaza weekend farmers' markets, lost all eight acres of them in Tropical Storm Irene. They harvested enough tomatoes before the storm to offer the tasty, pretty beauties THIS weekend, but it will be the last time to get them until next summer.

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Features

Ulster County Artists Join Forces After Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

As tree limbs are cleared from the streets and sump pumps growl in New York City basements, tight-knit artist communities upstate are coming together to cope with the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Empire

Cuomo and Napolitano promise relief to struggling upstate New Yorkers

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Governor Cuomo with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, in Prattsville Wednesday. (Karen DeWitt / WXXI)

By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

Tom McGlynn stood on the main street of his flood-ravaged town, waiting for Governor Cuomo’s helicopter and the visit from the federal officials. The street bustled with National Guard troops, emergency medics, fire trucks and police. Dust from drying mud, gas fumes from fuel leaks, and the first wafts of rotting garbage filled the air.

McGlynn says he is still trying to process what happened, three days after the waters destroyed his home.

“There’s nothing left of it,” said McGlynn. “The whole first floor is gone, and a two-car garage with a room over it, that’s in my neighbors’ yard.”

McGlynn says he and his wife escaped with their lives.

“What I have on me is what I left,” McGlynn said. “It’s unbelievable”.

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WNYC News

MTA's Port Jervis Route Off-Line Indefinitely

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WNYC

Train service on the Port Jervis Line has been suspended due to the catastrophic damage to the track and signal system caused by Tropical Storm Irene. MTA Chairman Jay Walder invoked emergency powers to rebuild large stretches of track virtually from scratch along the Port Jervis line on the Western side of the Hudson River.

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WNYC News

Look | Storm Damage in the Catskills

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PHOTOS. Rural communities in the Catskills were among the hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene, which turned main streets into rushing rivers and once-grand homes into splintered ruins when it barreled down on the region. As the flood waters recede, the lengthy cleanup begins — one Governor Andrew Cuomo said could cost the state $1 billion.

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The Takeaway

Vermont Struggles With Recovery After Irene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Upstate New York and parts of Vermont were struck by rapid flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Irene over the weekend. Due to wind damage and fallen trees, downed power lines remain a problem, as do hundreds of flooded roads. In Vermont, there have already been three confirmed fatalities due to the storm — two were swept into rushing waters and drowned. Fifty-thousand homes and businesses remain without power in what officials are calling Vermont's worst natural disaster since flooding in 1927. A majority of homeowners in Vermont who were affected by the storm lack insurance that covers flood damage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Do Emergencies Make You a New Yorker?

Monday, August 29, 2011

New York Times Metro reporter James Barron takes your calls on how living in New York City through an emergency - whether it’s a blackout or a hurricane - makes you a New Yorker.

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The Empire

Cuomo and FEMA survey upstate flooding conditions post-Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Karen DeWitt of WXXI in Albany took to the skies with Governor Cuomo and FEMA to survey the flood damage upstate. From the pictures below, you can see the flood damage upstate is extensive.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catskills Floods

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lissa Harris, editor of watershedpost.com, and Terry Doyle from WIOX community radio in Roxbury, NY update the situtation in some of the Catskills towns that experienced flooding from the tropical storm.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Irene: Your Morning Commute

Monday, August 29, 2011

WNYC transportation reporter Jim O'Grady discusses the effect the storm has had on this morning's commute. How are you getting to work this morning?

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SUNDAY 8:00 am Storm Surge

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Well, the winds have started and it's raining steadily. A storm surge is rising at The Battery, with water levels 4 feet higher than usual, and high levels at the Wall Street ferry slip.

Brooklyn writer Laura Diamond tweeted about the unusual New York morning: @lediamondbklyn A peculiar dawn unlike any other in NY's recent history. Sounds of traffic replaced by inescapable presence of the storm. #Irene

 

 

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 10:00 pm: Where Are You, Irene?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's started raining consistently in Manhattan, after ominous looking clouds were gathering this afternoon, so it's time for a check-in with WNYC's Storm Tracker Map

Don't work through your provisions too fast, and we suggest keeping those board games off your plate for a few more hours yet. Irene is still churning off the coast of Virginia as of 10 pm. 

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

D Batteries: The Unicorn of Hurricane Irene?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Starting as early as last night, D batteries were the hardest-to-find item around the city, seeming to supplant bottled water and canned food as the most in demand and frequently sold out part of the urban survival kit


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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 4:30 pm: Jackson Heights: Gotta Cook the Lamb

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene be damned.

Apparently even the threat of gale-force winds and falling trees can't diminish the demands of Jackson Heights' meat lovers. This halal meat delivery guy could be seen navigating his cart-of-carcasses through the neighborhood, as a light rain came down.

The urgency is particularly high these days, what with Eid just a few days away.

 

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