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NJ Homeowners Scratch Heads Over Sandy Aid

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alexis Norton sat at a table in a realtor's office in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., this week, swapping stories with several friends about rebuilding their Sandy-damaged homes.

Among the topics covered: flood insurance maps, local bureaucracy and confusion over the status of her applications with several of the state’s federally ...

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New Jersey News

Christie Offers More Buyouts in Town Hit Hard by Sandy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has offered voluntary buyouts to another set of homeowners in Sayreville, a northern New Jersey town that experienced massive flooding from the Raritan River.

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WNYC News

Army Corps Anti-Flood Plan: Elevate 4,500 Homes on Long Island

Monday, September 09, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to elevate nearly 4,500 homes on eastern Long Island in order to prevent damage from future flooding.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lydia Callis on a Deaf-Friendly New York

Friday, September 06, 2013

Lydia Callis was an American Sign Language interpreter for the mayor during press conferences about Sandy last year. Now, she's trying to raise awareness about what it's like to be hard of hearing in New York City and what would make it easier. She discusses her background, her activism, and her work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Summer: Sandy Check-In

Friday, September 06, 2013

We check in on several shore towns to see how the first summer after Sandy fared for business and tourism. WNYC reporter Janet Babin talks about how some towns along the Jersey Shore experienced a 40% drop-off in tourism business and decodes what this means about recovery from the storm’s damage. We'll also hear firsthand from business owners Terence Tubridy, co-owner of Bungalow Bar and Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, and Laura Mercogliano, owner and general manager of The Palms Hotel Fire Island as well as other Fire Island businesses in Ocean Beach.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christine Quinn; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Syria; Syria and Iran; Coast Check-in Post Summer

Friday, September 06, 2013

The New York City primary election is Tuesday. NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor and takes your calls. Plus: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries discusses his position on intervention in Syria; the relationship between Iran and Syria; a check-in with coastal communities after the first post-Sandy summer season; and American Sign Language interpreter Lydia Callis discusses her work for the Mayor's office during Sandy.

WNYC News

Still Struggling in Sandy’s Wake, Rockaway Sheds Half Its Summer Beach-Goers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

At the start of summer, the Rockaways looked more like a construction zone than a beach destination. Its popular concession stand was still being renovated. The boardwalk that spanned most of the neighborhood’s 6.2 miles was washed away. Work trucks and trash littered the beach.

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New Jersey News

Christie's Boardwalk Strolls: Governing or Campaigning?

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent the run-up to the Labor Day weekend making appearances at the Jersey Shore. And if you weren't at the shore to see the governor himself, you could see him everytime you turned on the TV

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New Jersey News

With Slate Clean, a Jersey Shore Town Reimagines Itself

Friday, August 30, 2013

NJ Spotlight

Devastated by Sandy, Sea Bright is now casting an eye towards the future, using the storm as an opportunity to make it more livable, sustainable and resilient.

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Transportation Nation

Premature to Judge NJ Transit's Response to Sandy, Christie Says

Monday, August 26, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie still isn't criticizing NJ Transit's handling of Sandy -- even after reports that New Jersey Transit did not follow its own hurricane plan to move rail cars to higher ground ahead of Sandy. Trains were parked in flood plains, resulting in more than $120 million in damages. But the governor -- who's known for his take-no-prisoners style --  did not declare any failure on behalf of NJ Transit.  

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New Jersey News

Christie Softening on Climate Change?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nearly ten months after Sandy, Governor Christie is continuing to avoid discussions about the threat of climate change leading to more severe storms. But remarks the Governor made yesterday show he seems to be taking a softer approach.

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New Jersey News

Christie, Donovan Present Sandy Report

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WNYC

Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited a town damaged by Sandy to call attention to a new federal report on how the region should prepare for future storms. Despite the governor's reluctance to speak about climate change, he did express concern about an increase in severe storms.

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak Made a Smart Call to Let Tunnels Flood During Sandy

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WNYC

Amtrak might have been able to avoid the flooding in at least one of its Hudson River tunnels during Sandy, but it is probably best that it didn't.

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Transportation Nation

NJ Lawmakers Call for Investigation, Consequences for NJ Transit's Sandy Missteps

Monday, August 19, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey lawmakers are calling for an investigation into New Jersey Transit's flawed hurricane preparations.  The news comes in the wake of revelations that NJ Transit didn't follow its own admonition to move its trains to higher ground during Sandy.

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Transportation Nation

NJ Transit Disregarded Its Own Hurricane Plan

Monday, August 19, 2013

WNYC

Now it can be told:  New Jersey transit never had a plan to move its trains to low-lying areas during Sandy. The decision to move much of its fleet to rail yards in the Meadowlands and Hoboken resulted in damage to almost 400 locomotives and rail cars, snarling commutes for months. But according to documents newly released to the Record newspaper, that wasn't the plan at all. 

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WNYC News

9 Key Findings From the Sandy Task Force

Monday, August 19, 2013

A federal task force charged with developing a Sandy-rebuilding strategy is calling to strengthen the region's electrical grids, protect gas supply chains and fortify coastlines, according to report released Monday.

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New Jersey News

Legislators Hear Sandy Recovery Taking "Wrong Approach'

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WNYC

Before a rare joint meeting of the Senate and Assembly Environment committees, a series of environmental experts testified that the state is not considering the future effects of climate change and not focusing enough of its efforts on offering buyouts in flood prone areas.

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Transportation Nation

Ten Months After Sandy, 'Black Water' Cleansed, Hoboken Terminal Bathrooms Are Back

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

When Sandy flooded the historic Hoboken Terminal, among the casualties were the indoor restrooms. Ever since, passengers have had to use port-a-johns outside the terminal. But the wait for a permanent bathroom is over.

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WNYC News

City's Sandy Aid Program for Homeowners 3 Months Behind Schedule

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Nine months after Sandy, thousands of homeowners in New York City are growing frustrated as they wait for government funds to make long-term repairs to their properties.

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Transportation Nation

Study: Rising Sea Levels Made Sandy Flooding Worse in NYC

Monday, August 05, 2013

WNYC

A new study finds rising sea levels have increased the damage on New York City wrought by hurricanes and storms like Sandy.

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