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The Takeaway

Recovering From Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast last weekend with a fury that destroyed homes, roads, towns, and took lives. Now, people in towns and cities across the region are coping with the clean-up process. The storm hit places in Vermont and upstate New York particularly hard.

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Features

Irene Wreaks Big Box Office Losses on Broadway

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All 23 Broadway shows canceled their lucrative Saturday and Sunday performances this past weekend due to the transit shutdown mandated by Mayor Bloomberg in anticipation of Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in massive losses at the box office.

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WNYC News

Obama to Survey Storm Damage in NJ

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama will travel to New Jersey on Sunday to see the damage Tropical Storm Irene caused in the state, which he declared a major disaster on Wednesday.

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WNYC News

Advisory Issued Following Storm-Related Sewage Spill in the Hudson

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Officials have warned Westchester residents not to come in contact with the Hudson River because of a sewage spill in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Empire

Cuomo establishes upstate recovery task force

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

After surveying widespread flood damage in upstate New York communities yesterday, Governor Cuomo sent out this statement about the establishment of a task force to help devastated communities:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today established the Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force which will be comprised of key agency commissioners and ensure seamless coordination between agencies. These agencies will work together to coordinate rebuilding of infrastructure, economic development, agricultural renewal, power restoration, and assistance with private insurance.

"From repairing roads and bridges, getting power back, helping with insurance claims and working with family farms, state government has rapidly mobilized to make sure that all available resources are in place to help the affected areas recover. This task force will ensure the highest level of state and local coordination to leverage all state resources and get them to where they are needed," Governor Cuomo said.

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WNYC News

Portrait of Devastation: Residents Document Storm-Ravaged Catskills

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The gut-wrenching images of muddied water surging down quaint main streets and the splintered houses where grand country homes once stood has been captured by residents using social media in rural villages of the Catskills ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Takeaway

Why Hurricane Irene Did (or Did Not) Prove Forecasters Wrong

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In preparing for Hurricane Irene’s weekend arrival, communities along the East Coast prepared for the worst. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted on Friday that New Yorkers "must, I repeat the word 'must,' evacuate beginning tomorrow and complete the process by 8pm tomorrow night." But his historic preparations turned out to be for a less-than-historic storm, at least in New York City. While all Americans are glad that the loss of life, property and infrastructure was relatively minimal, many people are now wondering: why was Irene so much less the threat we were told it would be?

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The Takeaway

After Irene, FEMA's Funding Dilemma

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene's rumble through the East Coast over the weekend is another natural disaster for FEMA deal with this year. At least 30 people have died, and that number may rise as flodding continues to cause problems in Vermont and upstate New York. Previously this year, the Mississippi River's had record-breaking floods and tornadoes ravaged through hundreds of miles of land, across numerous states. Already, FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund is running seriously low, with only $800 million to $1 billion left.

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WNYC News

City Officials Keep an Eye on St. Augustine, Post-Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

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New York City officials are keeping a close eye on one of the steeples of a more than 100-year old church in Brooklyn, following Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Empire

Bloomberg gets post-Irene praise, but Holloway 'secret to success'

Monday, August 29, 2011

Former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, left, with Cas Holloway and Michael Bloomberg, right, in 2010. (Courtesy of the Mayor's office.)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scooping up praise from elected officials and civic leaders for the city’s handing of hurricane Irene. Sure, the storm itself was a bit overblown, but few, if any, officials joined naysayers in questioning the mayor’s precaution tactics ahead of the storm’s landing late Saturday.

“Now that Hurricane Irene has come and gone, New Yorkers should take a moment to recognize that the storm’s effects would have been much worse if Mayor Bloomberg had not taken steps to properly prepare the City for the worst storm to hit the East Coast in decades,” New York City Comptroller John Liu—not always the biggest fan of the mayor—said in a press release.

“When I need to be critical of Mayor Bloomberg, I am,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “But I have to tip my hat and give kudos when it's merited."

“I think they handled this extreme well,” Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio said, after noting he had been a critic of the mayor in the past. “It goes to show: When the hierarchy is clearly in place the operations flow appropriately."

Ignizio’s comment about operational flow is worth highlighting. A number of those interviewed praised not only the mayor, but the mayor’s newly appointed deputy mayor for operations, Cas Holloway. After a stint at the head of the city's Department of Environmental Protection, Holloway was brought in to replace Stephen Goldsmith after Goldsmith resigned. Goldsmith was largely—and possibly unfairly—blamed for much of the city’s shoddy emergency response to the massive snowstorm back in January.

At the time, Holloway’s appointment was cast largely as a reversal for the mayor, who’d been installing outsiders like Goldsmith in key positions. In Holloway, the mayor had a seasoned city bureaucrat; someone whose strength was working inside the system, not shaking it up.

The move paid off. The city’s well-praised response to Hurricane Irene might be redemption for Bloomberg. But for Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway it is a victorious trial by fire.

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The Empire

Cuomo, FEMA take air tour of Irene-ravaged Mohawk Valley

Monday, August 29, 2011

Governor Cuomo survey storm damage upstate. (Karen DeWitt / WXXI)

By Karen DeWitt, WXXI Capitol Bureau Chief

Governor Cuomo and a top FEMA official surveyed the damage caused by flooding in the Mohawk River and Schoharie Valley earlier today. The Mohawk River is seeping into Schenectady, flooding the historic stockade neighborhood and expected to break records set back in 1938.

In the Schoharie Valley, farms and homes are inundated from the churning brown waters. Governor Cuomo, who met with local officials, says it’s devastating.

“We paid a terrible price here,” said Cuomo. “And many of these communities are communities that can least afford to pay a terrible price.”

The governor brought along FEMA regional director Lynn Canton  to see the damage first hand, and to ask for aid, who said, after viewing the devastation, “it’s the story the world has missed”. Cuomo said the state would find a way to pay to repair the numerous roads and bridges damaged by the storm.

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WNYC News

Water Surges Into Rural Villages in Catskills

Monday, August 29, 2011

PHOTOS. Tropical Storm Irene walloped much of upstate New York — including Delaware County where the torrential rains sent water gushing down the main streets of rural villages in the Catskills proved deadly and caused widespread damage in the area.

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WNYC News

CT Governor Malloy Tours Storm Damage

Monday, August 29, 2011

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy took a helicopter ride across the state get a first hand, aerial view of the damage that Tropical Storm Irene caused over the weekend. The storm that barreled up the East Coast was blamed for two death in Connecticut, flooded roads, and knocked power out to more than 700,000 homes and businesses across the state.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Irene Aftermath, Unemployment, Greece's Bailout

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Monday morning, which means it's time to take a look at what's on the agenda for the week ahead. President Obama will be preparing his Labor Day speech on the economy this week, and after after Hurricane Irene's chaotic visit to the East Coast, leaving billions of dollars in damage behind, he may have to rethink what he's going to say. Irene hit at a time when the U.S. economy is continuing to slump and millions are jobless. Unemployment figures will be out on Friday, and the Congressional Budget Office is predicting that employment will not return to normal levels until 2017. Meanwhile Greece, may not receive a bailout from the European Union, as Finland hesitates to approve it. All EU members must approve the bailout, for it to go into effect.

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Irene's Winners and Losers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene pounded North Carolina early Saturday morning and continued north wrecking havoc all the way up to New England, where floods are reportedly occurring in Vermont. Tomorrow, as residents of cities along the eastern coast of the U.S. attempt clean up Irene's wreckage, the southern U.S. will be reminded of their own recent natural disasters: it's the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to Katrina, and American outrage over certain politicians' reactions to the storm and its aftermath, the northeast's politicians learned to take every precaution necessary as they deal with Irene.

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WNYC News

Some Commuters Scramble After Historic Transit Shutdown

Monday, August 29, 2011

Two days after hurricane Irene brought New York’s mass transit to a standstill for the first time in its history, passengers at the city’s major transit hubs were scrambling in its aftermath despite partial restoration of service.

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WNYC News

NJ Grapples With Widespread Flooding, Power Outages

Monday, August 29, 2011

Clean-up crews in New Jersey are facing massive flooding and debris as they work to restore service to the 625,860 customers who lost electricity during Hurricane Irene.

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WNYC News

Irene May Knock Hundreds of Thousands of Migratory Birds Off Course

Monday, August 29, 2011

The storm that brought the city to a standstill over the weekend with soaking rains and high winds has the potential to disorient erds of thousands of birds at the peak of their annual August migration.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

MONDAY Saying Adieu the Only Way We Know How

Monday, August 29, 2011

As Irene is officially off our horizons, we'll put this live blog to rest. Thanks to all of you who shared insides of your refrigerators with us, and we hope all of you made it through safe, dry and without gaining the "Irene 15" from gorging on provisions.

We'll now leave you with pictures of brave pets who weathered the storm along with us.

 

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WNYC News

City Mostly Spared But Catskills, Upstate NY Slammed by Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

New York City was largely spared from the wrath of Tropical Storm Irene, but the storm claimed lives in upstate New York and suburbs as residents around the tri-state remained awash in flood waters and hundreds of thousands were without power.

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