FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2012
UPDATE ON CITY RECOVERY AND ASSISTANCE OPERATIONS
The Following is an Update of City Government’s Storm Response as of 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 22, 2012
City Serves 26,500 Thanksgiving Meals
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the Mayor's Office has coordinated the distribution of more than 26,500 Thanksgiving meals for residents at 30 sites in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The meals are available today from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, the City distributed more than 2,400 turkeys and 3,000 side dishes to elected officials and community organizations that are serving holiday meals. Locations are available at nyc.gov.
Generous supporters of these Thanksgiving efforts include Campus Coach Bus, Empire Force Events, Fairway Market, Fresh Direct, Great Performances, Gristedes, the Mannix Family of ShopRite, RCano Events, the Siller Foundation and the Stiller Foundation.
To date, the City, working with FEMA, has distributed more than 2.7 million meals and close to 700,000 bottles of water to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
NYC Rapid Repairs
Mayor Bloomberg announced that NYC Rapid Repairs, a first-of-its-kind program that sends teams of contractors and City inspectors to restore power, heat and hot water at homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy, has begun making repairs and restoring service at homes. Yesterday, the Mayor visited two homes in the Rockaways where Rapid Repair teams had restored power, heat and hot water. The Mayor also announced the City has authorized $500 million for the Rapid Repairs program.
$1.2 Billion for Major Repair Work
- Under unprecedented partnership with FEMA, City will coordinate all repair work at no cost to homeowners so that work is done quickly and efficiently.
- Homeowners can sign up on nyc.gov or 311 to secure; they must also register for a FEMA ID number from disasterassistance.gov or 1-800-621-3362
- More than 6,000 homeowners have enrolled and 3,000 assessments have been scheduled.
- On Wednesday, more than 100 Rapid Repair teams.
The City has authorized a total of $1.2 billion for an emergency spending plan to make critical repairs to homes, public schools and public hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Those expenses include the $500 million for NYC Rapid Repairs and $500 million to restore public school and hospital buildings, as well as:
Food, Water & Supply Distribution at City-Run Resource Sites
- $30 million for the Department of Transportation to repair escalators and elevators and electrical systems at St. George and Whitehall Street Staten Island Ferry Terminals, to procure construction services for the Battery Park underpass and West Street underpass, to repair signal lights sand intersections that were damaged by wind and flooding.
- $12 million for the Department of Sanitation Office of Emergency Management to remove debris
- $2.5 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Human Resource Administration for food and water distribution.
- $2 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for the delivery of maintenance, repair and operations supplies for response operations
- $5 million for electrical plumbing and water line inspections for homes in Staten Island and Queens
- $1.1 million to the Office of Emergency Management for additional ambulances
The City has opened food and water distribution sites in the hardest hit areas, and are staffed by City employees, volunteers, the Salvation Army and National Guard. Locations and hours: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html.
From Thursday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 21, the following have been distributed:
Partnership with Local Food Trucks
- Approximately 2,069,016 meals
- Approximately 519,703 prepared meals
- More than 694,852 bottles of water
- More than 170,856 blankets
- 6,871 cases of baby formula, diapers and wipes
- 8,788 packs of new underwear (kids and adults)
- 1,552 winter hats
- 3,000 winter gloves
- 3,863 socks
- 4,000 hand-warmers
- 10,758 D batteries
- 15,830 C batteries
- 1,496 AA batteries
- 507 cases of garbage bags
- 3,435 flashlights/lanterns
- 759 cases of toilet paper
- 2,301 cases of bleach and other cleaning materials
- 800 mop and construction buckets
- 600 dustpans
- 20,000 cases of Ziploc bags
- 6,000 masks
- 10,000 boxes of cleaning wipes
- 1,500 work gloves
- 928 cases of soap and hand sanitizer
- 403 cases of fruit and apple sauce
- 1,325 cases of dried food and canned food
- 560 cases of Gatorade and juice
The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City partnered with the NYC Food Truck Association and local food trucks to coordinate hot food distribution in areas severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Since the start of the partnership, the food trucks have served or donated 203,659 meals. The locations and hours are available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hot_food.html.
School Days Added to Make Up for Time Lost Due to Hurricane Sandy
The City, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and United Federation of Teachers reached an agreement to make up school days lost because of Hurricane Sandy:
The City continues to make progress on reopening schools damaged by the storm:
- School will be open the last three days of scheduled winter break, February 20 - 22, 2013.
- The half-day scheduled for June 4 will now become a full day of class.
- 5,400 students returned to their original school buildings on Monday.
- More than 26,000 students from 47 schools are back in their regular buildings.
- 7,800 students from 18 schools remain at their reassigned sites due to ongoing repair work.
The City coordinated a massive relief effort through NYC Service, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and nonprofits and also organized medical teams that:
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is also contacting building owners in affected areas to ask if services have been restored and if they can check on their residents in buildings where power and heat are still unavailable, Visiting Nurse Services is following up with tenant outreach. More than 65,000 residents have been contacted through this process.
- Canvassed high-rise apartments in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Red Hook
- Provided food, water and medical assessments with prescriptions
- Evacuated 44 people for medical reasons.
Mobile Medical Vans with Prescription Services
The City has deployed vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs at several locations in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Volunteers are also going door-to-door to reach people who may have medical needs but remain in their homes without heat and power. The location and hours are available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/medical_vans.html.
Extension of the Odd-Even Gasoline Purchasing System
Mayor Bloomberg extended the emergency order establishing an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases. It will remain in effect until and including Friday, November 23, and operates as follows:
Power Customers Out
- Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number or 'zero' purchase fuel on even numbered days.
- Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number purchase fuel on odd numbered days.
- Vehicles with licenses plates ending in letters will be deemed as odd numbered plates and can make purchases on odd numbered days.
- Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and limousine Commission are exempt.
Trees and Debris
- Total Con Ed customers without power: 1,799
- Total LIPA customers without power: 11,191
Sanitation 24-Hour Debris Cleanup Continues
- Tree service requests from both Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter total 26,011, and 15,432 of those were for trees down.
- The City has addressed 18,583 of these emergency tree conditions and crews continue to work around the clock to address conditions.
Sanitation crews have collected more than 280,000 tons of trash, debris and tree as a part of storm cleanup operations.
- Mayor Bloomberg directed the Department of Sanitation to adjust collections schedule so that 24-hour cleanup could continue in the hard-hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn.
- Vehicles damaged during the storm and left on public roadways are being moved to lots where they will not interfere with use of the streets, response operations, street cleaning and debris removal by the Sanitation Department.
- Owners can call their local police precinct or 1-800-244-5094 to get information about where their vehicle is being stored.
New NYC Restoration Centers
- Heat and hot water have been restored to all buildings impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
- Power has been restored to all NYCHA residential buildings impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
- Elevator service has been restored to 99 percent of the elevators impacted by the storm.
Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Restore to connect New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy with the financial, health, environmental and residential services they need - as well as FEMA reimbursement.
More information is available at nyc.gov.
- NYC Restoration Centers open earlier this week from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM in Far Rockaway, Gravesend, Coney Island, Red Hook, Breezy Point and Staten Island.
- Additional NYC Restoration Centers opened in Throggs Neck and Arverne earlier today.
- Human Resources Administration staff will provide information on Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and temporary cash assistance.
- Department of Small Business Services will provide information on loans and reimbursements to small businesses.
- The Departments of Health, Consumer Affairs, Housing Preservation and Development and Aging, Administration for Children Services and the Department for Youth and Community Development are also on site.
- The Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment offers financial counseling, including filing insurance claims, personal debt counseling, and financial guidance on housing recovery.
- Tomorrow, Con Ed will have representatives at the Gravesend, Red Hook and Staten Island restoration centers, and National Grid representatives will also be available at the Arverne center.
Alternate Side Parking
Alternate side parking regulations are suspended indefinitely in the neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They include:
Department of Buildings Application & Fee Waiver
- Queens Community Board 14: Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway Park, Rockaway and Far Rockaway, and is delimited by Jamaica Bay to the north, the Nassau County line to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Note that as Staten Island does not have ASP, that borough is not affected by the reinstatement of regulations in the remainder of the city.
- Portion of Brooklyn Community Board 6: west of and including Hamilton Avenue, covering the neighborhood of Red Hook. The area is delimited by the East River, Upper New York Bay, Gowanus Creek and Hamilton Avenue.
- Brooklyn Community Board 13: Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Sea Gate, and is delimited by Gravesend Bay on the west, 26th Avenue, 86th Street and Avenue Y on the north, Coney Island Avenue and Corbin Place on the east, and Lower New York Bay on the south (indicating that the west side of Corbin Place will be exempt from ASP regulations, while the east side will not, for example).
- Brooklyn Community Board 15: Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest and Plum Beach, and is delimited by Corbin Place, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue Y, 86th street, Avenue U and MacDonald Avenue, Avenue P and Kings Highway on the north, Nostrand Avenue and Marine Park on the east, as well as by the Atlantic Ocean on the south.
- Brooklyn Community Board 18: Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown and Mill Island and is delimited by Nostrand Avenue on the west, the Long Island Rail Road viaduct on the north, Van Sinderen Avenue and Louisiana Avenue on the east and Short Parkways on the south.
As part of the City's ongoing recovery and assistance operations to help New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg signed an emergency order to waive application and permit fees for Hurricane Sandy repair work until further notice.
City Expedites Licensing for Home Improvement Contractors
- Buildings with significant structural damage in need of demolition, alterations or reconstruction will have all their repair work fees waived.
- In addition, all fees for electrical and plumbing repair work will be waived until further notice for any building damaged by the storm.
The City is expediting additional Home Improvement Contractor licenses to encourage unlicensed contractors or those working out of New York City to come work on damaged property.
Staten Island Ferry Service
- The Department of Consumer Affairs will expedite fingerprinting and applications so that licenses are issued in two days.
- Home improvement contractors can begin the license application online or in-person at the Consumer Affairs Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th Floor). v
- There are currently 13,200 licensed home improvement contractors in New York City.
- City encourages DCA-licensed contractors interested in subcontracting as part of NYC Rapid Repairs to register at bteany.com/rapidrepairs.
- New Yorkers should review tips about hiring contractors at nyc.gov/homeimprovement.
Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan today announced a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Staten Island to Manhattan.
Expanded Staten Island Bus Service
- The service is expected to begin by November 26, and will run for eight weeks as storm recovery work continues.
- Ferries will depart the newly-constructed landing at Great Kills between 6:00 and 9:00 AM for Pier 11 at Wall Street, and continue to 35th Street.
- Ferries will return to Staten Island between 12:00 Noon and 6:15 PM.
- One-way fare will be $2.00
The City has expanded bus service for the X23 and X24 lines in Staten Island to meet rising demands as a result of the storm.
The Economic Development Corporation worked with Atlantic Express Bus to begin operating temporary additional express bus service.
- Atlantic Express will operate one additional bus on the X23 route and one additional bus on the X24 route.
- Each additional bus will make four trips, for a total of eight additional trips per day.
Rockaway Ferry Service
Seastreak ferry service is now running between the Rockaways and Manhattan. Ferries depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan. There are free transfer between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown. One-way fares will cost $2.00.
The Economic Development Corporation installed a temporary landing in the Rockaways to accommodate the temporary ferry service.
Free Parking for Rockaway Ferry Service
Free parking is available for those in the Rockaways taking the new ferry service to Manhattan. The parking lot, which was secured thanks to the assistance of National Grid, is across Beach Channel Drive from the new Rockaway ferry landing.
Support to Businesses
The City's Department of Small Business Services and Economic Development Corporation have put together a package of support for NYC businesses impacted by the storm:
Shelter for Those without Heat
- Emergency low-interest loans of up to $25,000 for businesses that have been interrupted and suffered damage as a result of the storm. Applications are available at any of the City's NYC Business Solutions Centers, by calling 311 and asking for "NYC Business Emergency Loan," or by visiting on.nyc.gov/contactnycbiz.
- For businesses facing significant rebuilding costs, the City will provide sales tax exemptions of up to $100,000 on purchases of materials, equipment and related services needed to rebuild. Learn more here: nycedc.com/backtobusiness
- For displaced businesses, the City has identified more than 170,000 square feet that will be made available free of charge, including 40,000 square feet of City space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and more than 125,000 square feet of space that private landlords have made available, across the five boroughs. A full listing of commercial spaces and other resources is available at nycedc.com/donations.
- Information on disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is available at any of the City's NYC Business Solutions Centers, by calling 800-659-2955, or by visiting sba.gov/disaster.
- Alliance for Coney Island-a nonprofit organization formed, with the help of the City, to continue the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, world-class recreational oceanfront destination-launched ConeyRecovers.org, a multipronged relief and recovery effort to help Coney Island residents and businesses dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Alliance is comprised of all major Coney businesses, and the City has provided them with $630,000 in funding originally allocated to the Coney Island Development Corporation which will wind down operations.
Evacuation shelters remain open.
A list of evacuation shelters is available online: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html.
The City also has opened daytime-only warming centers at senior centers in every borough: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/warming_ctr.html.
Those who are using generators in their homes to run their heat should be very careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by never using portable generators indoors, in garages or near open windows.
Early signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, stiffness in arms and legs, poor control over body movements and slow reaction.
Community Recovery Directors Assist with Immediate Needs in Impacted Areas
Mayor Bloomberg appointed senior level New York City managers this week to identify urgent needs, stay in close contact with the community leader and deploy resources to meet needs. The City's Community Recover Directors are:
Brad Gair Appointed Director of Housing Recovery Operations
- Haeda Mihaltses, Staten Island
- Matt Mahoney, Manhattan and the Bronx
- Nazli Parvizi, Brooklyn
- Diahann Billings-Burford, Queens
The Mayor appointed Brad Gair, one of the nation's top emergency management professionals, to lead the effort to address challenge of providing longer-term housing for New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Many buildings that were flooded are going to be out of commission for a long time because of damage to boilers and electrical systems. This includes public housing, as well as private apartments and houses.
Air BNB Temporary Housing
Air BNB, an on-line service that connects people seeking temporary housing with those who have unused space, has launched a new platform to link New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy to New Yorkers who want to offer free places to stay. Air BNB is providing with service at no fee, and information is available at airbnb.com/sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
- To date, more than 14,800 donors from around the country have contributed nearly $41 million to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief.
- Cash donations to support these and other efforts can be made through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Learn more here: nyc.gov/fund
- Cash donations are preferable to in-kind donations because the logistics of collecting and distributing those supplies are complex.
- Anyone wishing to make cash contributions can go to nyc.gov or call 311 for details.
Marc La Vorgna/John McCarthy