Long Island City, NY October 31, 2012 -
Due to the severity of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Cuomo and the Bloomberg Administration are still assessing damage to the critical infrastructure of New York City. An assessment update will be available this afternoon after a Helicopter Tour by Governor Cuomo and Press Conference.
New York City is on hold as millions of workers are unable to reach their job locations, and businesses that can open are short of staff that normally commute via the rail system.
Here are items that are important to know.
Emergency loans will be available. Assistance for Small Business from Deputy Mayor Steele's Office regarding Hurricane Sandy. [ Special Memo from Department of Small Business Services ]
ALL tunnels between Manhattan and Boroughs as well as NJ continue to have unprecedented flooding, creating a situation where officials are unclear about return of service. One report said that Governor Cuomo said seven to ten days.
Reports are that Vernon Blvd restaurants are "open for business".
Major flooding has devasted The Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City
Riverview Restaurant sustained flooding as was cleaning up 10/31
Duane Read was flooded with nearly two feet of water, but apparently their next door neighbor, Foodcellar Market was not flooded.
The Gantry State Park was flooded and we will have to see if the sea water will damage the plantings and trees.
The 7 Subway Line Tunnel is still Flooded
The New York Marathon will not be interrupted for Sunday, November 4th.
The NY Waterway service is operating between NY and NJ.
The Stock Exchanges are opened today.
MTA Buses are operating on a limited schedule
The Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels are still closed.
JFK Airport will open today at noon with limited service, LGA Airport remains closed.
All city parks remain closed.
All public libraries are closed today
Nearly 110,000 people are still without power in Queens
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota and other federal and local officials today conducted helicopter surveillance of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The helicopters flew over the following sites:
· Breezy Point
· Broad Channel
· Rockaway Beach/A Train
· JFK Airport
· Long Beach
· Jones Beach
· Fire Island
· Nassau County
· Long Island Sound
· Westchester County
· Metro-North Hudson Line
The tour gave the officials the opportunity to survey the widespread damage that was caused by Hurricane Sandy.