Nov. 5: Hurricane Sandy Updates

Updates on relief efforts, power restoration and more.

FEMA’s Points of Distribution (PODs)
These are located throughout the north and south shores of Nassau County.  Locations include:
  • Bellmore Newbridge Road Park, 2600 S. Newbridge Rd.

Red Cross Meal Distributions

The Red Cross has opened a number of meal distribution centers Nassau County. Locations are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Meals, water, and comfort kits will be distributed at the following locations.  
  • Cedar Creek Park in Seaford - Merrick Road, east of Wantagh Avenue
Hempstead Town Warming Centers, Showers for Hurricane Victims
Hempstead Town is opening the following locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as warming centers:
  • Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 North Grand Avenue, Baldwin
  • Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore
  • Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Road, Elmont
  • Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square
  • Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Road, Valley Stream
  • Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Road, Levittown
  • Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt
  • Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury
  • Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
  • Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale
  • Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh
  • Merrick Road Golf Course Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick
  • Echo Park Pool, 399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead
In addition, Echo Park Indoor Pool and Athletic Complex, located at 399 Nassau Blvd. in West Hempstead will be accessible to residents seeking warm showers. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nassau County Partners With Electricians to Help Turn Power Back On
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that he is partnering with the Empire Electrical Inspectors of New York to assist LIPA in restoring power to homes throughout Nassau. Sunday, a team of 30 inspectors visited 4,000 homes in Nassau County to inspect circuit breakers and notified LIPA whether it was safe or not to turn power back on.

Hempstead Town Stations Clothing Bins at Town Hall, Area Locations to Assist Residents in Hurricane-Relief Efforts

Hempstead Town has announced that it will begin a collection drive of coats, clothing, blankets and other essential supplies for residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy. These items will be donated to the struggling victims of Hurricane Sandy, many of whom have been displaced and left with a shortage of resources in the wake of the powerful hurricane.

Commencing on Monday, Nov. 5, collection bins are located at Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington St., Hempstead), Echo Park (399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville).
Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin have also called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to authorize an extension of the Nov. 13 school property tax deadline; the governor has indicated that his office is receptive to the idea.

Cuomo Demands Accountability from Utilities

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stern warning to public utilities Saturday, saying the state will hold LIPA and others responsible if they were not adequately prepared for Hurricane Sandy.

At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.
LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.

"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."

Click here to read more on Cuomo's warning.

DEC: Shellfishing Closed on Long Island

Shellfishing is still closed across Long Island, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The closure, which extends to practically all shellfishing waters in the region, is due to health concerns following coastal flooding and power outages from Hurricane Sandy, the DEC said. Extreme flooding, which can wash chemicals and other materials into bays, could pollute waters.

Shellfishing will be closed through Nov. 13.

Click here for a full list from the DEC on the bay closures.

DeeDee November 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Ooh, a stern warning. I'm sure they're quaking.
Dorothy Borgese November 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM
can you give out locations where people can go to volunteer.
Lynn Feldman November 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
at this point I am more than dissapointed in the job LIPA has done to restore the power..half the town is lite up and the rest of us are in the dark and its getting colder...SHAMEon LIPA and Shame on Newsday for not even mentioning the rest of LI in the articles..Long Beach and Lindenhurst were not the only areas to be hit hard what happend to Atlantic Beach ,Oceanside, Island Park, Meadowmere I could go on and on...People there lost there homes as well...show some compasion for the rest of the Island!
Susan Intorre November 05, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for the information. Please keep it coming. Day 8 without power for me. I lost power in my East Meadow home at 12:40pm on Monday. Heard on CNBC that LIPA sent away non-union workers from New Hampshire? Can you confirm this?
Chris Wendt November 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
LIPA's preparations for Sandy, their activation and implementation of plans and procedures in response to what we all woke up to on Monday morning are reminiscent of John V. Linday's performance in the Blizzard of February 9, 1969. For those not old enough to remember that debacle, Mayor Lindsay attempted to handle that storm "on the cheap", avoiding activating crews to save overtime costs and to keep outside contractual expenses to a mimimum...until it was much too late to do any good. Too bad LIPA cannot be voted out of office, or out of existence. Or can they? But LIPA, alone, cannot be held accountable for poor-to non-existent regional planning and sound preparedness for storms. Sandy was only a Category 1 hurricance. In 1985 we experienced Gloria (Category 3) which made a direct hit on Long Island. We had also experienced Hurricane Donna, the 9th worst storm in US history with stronger winds (105-115 mph) and a higher tidal surge (11 ft) in 1960. Similarly, in 1954 we took a direct hit from another Category 3 storm, Hurricance Carol. But it seems the lessons from all these prior storms have just been wasted on local and state governments as far as meaningful preparedness is concerned. It is good to see Cuomo pissed-off. Let's see what he will do about it, besides issue stern warnings. He controls the NY National Guard, and let's not let issue Long Island's County governments a pass on this one either. We all should be mad as hell!
Rich G November 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Don't forget most of Inwood was hit hard by flooding. At the peak of the flooding water level crested at about 4 feet. It looked as if I was on a cruise ship in the middle if the ocean. Plus we lost power on Monday at the height of the storm. An increase in patrols by Nassau County PD would go a long way. A curfew may be the way.
Karen Betancourt November 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
The FEMA SDiaster Recovery center at nassau comm. college was manned sunday morning but exactly FOUR uninformed "fema" people. They advised my sister from Massapequa to take a hotel room in Albany, THANKS FOR NOTHING FEMA!! And Mr. Obama, they are certainly not taking your "no red tape" admonition too seriously. This relief effort is a disgusting joke thus far. Politicians thinking each other over and over again for their efforts. WHAT EFFORTS?? Shame on FEMA and the US Government!!!!!!!
Kevin B November 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Let's see when Irene passed, LIPA was to improve constituent service in keeping us informed as per state investigation. Well, when I called Friday night, I got a recording and that is it. 945,000 blah blah blah and we are working hard to restore power. Couldn't talk with a live person. I suspect this threat by the governor will do no good, because he shouldn't threaten, he should act as communication is no better, if not worse, this time around. And the LIPA outage map is constantly changing, in some cases showing no outage when there is, and later showing that outage 6 days in, even though they were out for 6 days. Confusion and irresponsibility. LIPA's grid needs to be brought into the 21st century not the 19th.
Albert Huee November 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
We all have negativity whenever faced with adversity but as NY-er we will overcome! Let's give credit where. Its due to all those helping to restore service. Let's give them a hearty "THANK YOU" for their efforts! Hang in there my fellow people soon we'll see the Light!
Ces1ne November 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Volunteers will always get a "hearty THANK YOU" from me & a special place in my heart, not PAID EMPLOYEES of LIPA or any other company for that matter. And don't give me the "they have houses/families too" rubbish because they knew what kind of work was involved when they got the job & are being paid quite handsomely for this "effort". They are doing their jobs, not out of kindness & if they weren't being paid A LOT EXTRA & also provided with food/warmth on their ridiculously long "breaks" they wouldn't be out there, FACT. Don't bother replying bc you are wrong, I am right....end of story :)
Jaime Sumersille November 06, 2012 at 01:27 AM
@Susan we do not have that information. @Rich, Lawrence just implemented a curfew and Long Beach has had one. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
Glenn S Todd November 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Our son Andrew drove from his home in Conn to Oceanside to bring supplies for a friend. We use to live in Oceanside. He described it right now looking as a third world country. Long Beach Road was deserted. The electric was out from Merrick Road to Mott Street. It was so devastaded that he said he would not even take pictures because this was not the Oceanside he grew up in. We also spoke to some of our friends in Oceanside and unfortunately the damage that was caused by this hurricane is something you would hope never to happen again.
Eileen November 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Where is the help in Hicksville????? Stop and Shop on OCR are to be commended for offering the use of their freezers to store our food. Holy Family Church has gone over and above with hot beverages being offered all day and night, along with tons of snacks and now hot meals in the evening. Thank you Fr. Gerard and all the wonderful parishoners of Holy Family. We have been spending time there and making new friends, along with connecting with old friends. We are in the A and B sections of Hicksville and woke up to freezing temps in the house this morning, along with lots of noise from our heating pipes. If they burst, we are in big trouble and will have total losses to add to the insurance claims. Met 2 FEMA employees in Lindenhurst on Sunday when we went to volunteer our help. They said they needed to pay their own lodgings and the local motel was charging $500 a night ! They were leaving on Monday. Terrorists don't need to bomb us....they just need to shut off our electric and gas supplies and they will let us create our own demise. Since most of these leaders are men, perhaps a woman should run the agencies, since we can run our own homes in an efficient and economical way.
Chip Lyden November 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
They turned down volunteer electrical contractors from all over the country because they were not UNION members. Screw the UNIONS!
Felix Procacci November 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Kate Murray cares so much she brought her own podium to a disaster area. See : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDcnlIvQwk


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