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September 16, 2010


The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's remarks as delivered tonight near 111th Street and 52nd Avenue in Queens

Video of the Mayor’s remarks will be fed in a loop via Switch Port CTY-3 beginning at 9:30 PM, Audio is posted at (212) 788-9571, High-Resolution photos are posted to the Mayor’s Flickr page at

“Number one, the car behind me that you see, damaged but fortunately the man who was driving it I’ve just talked to and he’s okay. He’s a bit shaken up. Unfortunately there has been at least one fatality on the Grand Central.

“I was just checking all our notes coming in, I’ve talked to the Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno and we’ve been talking to National Weather Service. The storm has gone through and at this point nothing else more is going to happen, but there’s something like 25,000 people without power – 21,000 in the five boroughs. Right now it’s down to 21,000.

“There have been reports of damage to school buildings. We do expect all schools to be open tomorrow, but we’ll just- as the night goes on, we’ll make sure that everything is safe.

“This is one of those things that while it may be an act of God it doesn’t make it any easier for us. People are concerned, they have every right to be concerned. The good news is that most people were safe, just annoyed – traffic being bad or a tree coming down in their yard. I know Con Ed is working hard to get the power back up by morning. Most people, it should be back. The power lines that came down are above ground so they’re easy to see, and Con Ed can repair them relatively quickly.

“And so tomorrow morning, just exercise some caution. Streets, there may be some branches still around. We’ll try to clean up as much as we can overnight. We’ve got crews out there working and the Office of Emergency Management is fully staffed and will stay fully staffed until everybody’s back to normal.”


Stu Loeser   (212) 788-2958

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