Mayor Bloomberg held another press conference from the Office of Emergency Management [OEM] in Downtown Brooklyn just after 11 a.m. The mayor said that while damage is severe and ten New Yorkers lost their lives as a result of Superstorm Sandy, no first responders had died. The mayor praised the heroic work of rescue personnel during the storm.
Bloomberg vowed to keep shelters open, tweeting that the emergency lodgings would remain open until New Yorkers “can safely return to their homes.” He added that drinking water has been tested and, although safe, it has been treated with additional chlorine as a precautionary measure.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer also gave an update on federal efforts to aid in the city’s storm recovery, telling the press that President Obama would give local officials all the help they need. Schumer stated that, as is usually the case, federal reimbursement for storm damage would be at least 75%.
Bloomberg said that he would give updates as the day progressed, and continued to remind the city that parks are closed and public transit is still not running. He urged residents to use caution and not venture out unless necessary and only to help others.
With the MTA’s financial picture looking rosier – and with service restoration finally on this year’s budget agenda – local pols, as well as Bay Ridge drivers, are requesting a slice of the proverbial pie.
State Senator Marty Golden put out a press release yesterday calling on MTA officials to consider extending a version of the so-called Staten Island discount on Verrazano Bridge tolls to Brooklyn commuters.
In an election year when Democrats would like to see Republican State Senator Marty Golden vacate his seat, State Senate hopeful Andrew Gounardes is keeping the political pressure on, while making some valid points in the process.
One recent dispatch from the Gounardes campaign, sent with the subject line Gounardes Calls Out Golden For Ignoring Teachers, is the latest example.