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Brian Lehrer Show: Six Months After Sandy

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy caused flooding and destruction throughout the region. Matthew Schuerman, WNYC editor, and Scott Gurian, freelance reporter, discuss their reporting on the recovery, from the re-building in Long Beach, Long Island to how federal money is being used to improve infrastructure.

Plus: your six-month calls. How is the recovery going in your area? If your home was affected by the storm, have you decided whether to stay and do nothing, to renovate for flood prevention, or to move away from the shore altogether? Call 212-433-9692 or post your story here.

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WNYC News

Long Beach Gathers Opinions from Residents, Visitors on Boardwalk Rebuilding

Monday, February 18, 2013

The city of Long Beach, Long Island is collecting opinions from residents and visitors, as it moves forward with plans to rebuild its boardwalk. Officials say they’re hoping to replace at least part of the more than two-mile boardwalk, which was heavily damaged by Sandy, in time for the summer season.

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WNYC News

FCC Holds Hearings on Communication Failures During Sandy

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission held its first hearings into telecommunication failures during Sandy in Lower Manhattan Tuesday.

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At White House Party, Long Island Menorah Becomes Symbol of Resilience

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Long Island menorah that survived Sandy will be taking center stage at the White House Hanukkah party Thursday evening.

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Transportation Nation

Deal Reached in Los Angeles Port Strike

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Port workers protest outside of the APM terminal on December 4th, 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles. The clerical workers claim terminal operators are outsourcing their well-paid jobs – a claim that shippers deny. (Photo by Mae Ryan/KPCC)

(Wendy Lee - Los Angeles, KPCC) The eight-day strike that has crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is over.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Tuesday night "we've got a deal and people are going back to work," he said. He added that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will open again Wednesday.

The agreement will now go to the rank and file for their approval. One ILWU representative told reporters he's confident it will be approved.

Federal mediators were brought in Tuesday to negotiate a deal between International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit clerical workers and the Harbor Employers Association.

The 450 workers had been on strike since November 27. They have been picketing in front of the entrances to several terminals, prompting closures because thousands of longshoremen refuse to cross the picket lines.

Read the whole story at Southern California Public Radio.

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Transportation Nation

LA Mayor: Parties Agree to Federal Mediator to Resolve Los Angeles Port Strike

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Port of Los Angeles (photo by Jeannie via flickr)

(Los Angeles, California - KPCC) A federal mediator will enter the ongoing talks to resolve the strike that has crippled operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says. But the union representing clerical workers says the strike – now in its eighth day – will continue.

"I'm here to announce that both parties have agreed to a federal mediator at the (Port of Los Angeles) to help resolve the ongoing strike," Villaraigosa said Tuesday at a news conference in Wilmington.

The mayor flew back from a trade mission to South America to personally join the talks, which have also caught the attention of the White House. The ports handle about $1 billion of cargo a day, and Southern California leaders say the strike is beginning to affect the regional economy.

Read the whole story at KPCC.

 

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WNYC News

Cleanup Continues in Long Beach, Oceanside Post-Sandy

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Long Island communities hard hit by Hurricane Sandy are making progress in their cleanup efforts, more than three weeks after the storm passed through.

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WNYC News

Surf Competition Comes to Long Island, Despite Storm Damage

Saturday, September 03, 2011

A major surf competition with some of the world's best surfers — and $1 million in prize money — is descending on Long Island this weekend, despite the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Toyota's Electronics Cleared, US News Ranks Top Public Transpo Cities, and DC Metro Escalators: Not Improving

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Portland--the winning city, according to US News (photo by Thad Roan via Wikimedia Commons)

US News and World Reports has ranked what it says are the ten best cities in the country for public transportation, ridership, and safety. (List here.)

The federal investigation into Toyota says that electronics aren't to blame for its sudden acceleration problem. (Christian Science Monitor)

The Ohio Department of Transportation is rescinding a three-year, $150 million funding pledge to Ohio's public-transit agencies that the former made in the waning days of last fall's campaign. Instead, the state plans to share $80 million in federal transportation funding with 59 local transit authorities through 2013. (Columbus Dispatch)

Metro's 588 escalators are breaking down with greater frequency - once every seven to eight days, on average - and repairs are taking longer than in past years. (Washington Post)

The Transportation Security Administration has told members of Congress that more than 15 million passengers received full-body scans at airports without any malfunctions that put travelers at risk of an excessive radiation dose. Now, the TSA has yet to release radiation inspection reports for its X-ray equipment — two months after lawmakers called for them to be made public. (USA Today)

The Infra Blog looks at yesterday's high-speed rail announcement in light of Florida Gov. Scott's recent budget address. "Over the last few years,' the Governor said, "Florida accepted one-time hand-outs from the federal government. Those temporary resources allowed state and local governments to spend beyond their means. There was never any reason to think that Florida taxpayers could afford to continue that higher level of spending once the federal hand-outs are gone. The false expectations created by the federal hand-outs are the reason we hear about a multi-billion dollar deficit."

Bicycles won't have to be registered in Long Beach any longer after the City Council voted Tuesday to end the requirement. (Contra Costa Times)

In New York, it's blizzarding...parking tickets, as alternate side rules have resumed. "The city issued 9,910 summonses on Monday, twice the daily average, to people who did not move their vehicles by the designated time." (New York Times)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: The president's $53 billion high-speed rail problem inspires cheers and jeers -- and raises questions. Houston's METRO is looking at expanding out to the suburbs. And in San Francisco, a new bike data app shows that the increase in accidents is outpacing the increase in cyclists.

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