A lengthy update from the city…
Today Mayor Bloomberg joined Council Speaker Quinn and Comptroller Liu at P.S. 207 in Howard Beach to announce a $500 million emergency plan to make critical repairs to public schools and public hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy. These school buildings and public hospitals are resources that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rely on every day, and we are not waiting to begin the work of repairing and re-opening them.
Over the past weekend thousands of volunteers were out on the streets helping their fellow New Yorkers. Today the Rockaway Ferry service launched, providing an important transportation link for the residents of those neighborhoods. The Mayor also announced that the City will waive all application and permit fees for work done on buildings with damage from the storm.
Here is the latest information for you to share with your constituents:
$500 Million for Major Repair Work:
- · The plan includes an appropriation of $200 million for the Department of Education and $300 million for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to repair extensive damage to school and hospital buildings.
o As of Monday, 37 schools in 23 buildings will remain closed due to structural damage and more buildings are in need of ongoing repairs.
o Bellevue Hospital Center, Coney Island Hospital and the Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island also sustained extensive damage.
- · The repair needs include structural restorations, new boilers, new electrical systems, roofs repairs, flood remediation and more.
- · The City Council is expected to vote on the appropriation plan at Tuesday’s Council hearing and, if passed, the funding will be an addition to capital funds in the current year (Fiscal Year 2013) Capital Commitment Plan.
- · The spending plan announced today and emergency spending to date represent only a portion of the spending that will be required and additional appropriations will be made this year as necessary.
$134 Million in Emergency Services Spending to Date:
- · The Mayor and Comptroller Liu have already authorized $134 million in spending following Hurricane Sandy to provide emergency services and recovery and relief programs. Those expenses include:
o $20 million for the Department of Transportation to repair the Battery Park Overpass
o $1.7 million for the Department of Transportation to repair the Whitehall and St. George ferry terminals
o $12 million for the Department of Sanitation Office of Emergency Management to remove debris
o $2.5 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Human Resources Administration for food and water distribution.
o $2 million to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for the delivery of maintenance, repair and operations supplies for response operations
o $5 million for electrical, plumbing, and water line inspections for homes in Staten Island and Queens
o $1.1 million to the Office of Emergency Management for additional ambulances
- · The City’s overtime costs for the response to Hurricane Sandy will be in addition to these amounts already authorized.
Sunday Work Total:
- · On Sunday alone, 20,000 City workers and City-funded contractors were at work to continue Hurricane Sandy relief operations, including debris removal, storm clean-up and facility rehabilitation.
NYC Rapid Repairs:
- · This new and unprecedented program will send teams of contractors and City inspectors into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy and quickly and efficiently make necessary repairs to damaged homes.
- · We are bringing in contractors who will be given responsibility for specific geographic areas hard hit by Sandy.
- · These contractors will be responsible for repairing the homes of anyone who wants to take part in NYC Rapid Repairs.
- · Under the typical FEMA process, it is up to the homeowner to arrange for repair work and carry it out, but this new system will make repairs happen more quickly and efficiently.
- · Beginning Tuesday 11/13, homeowners will be able sign up for NYC Rapid Repairs by going to NYC.gov, calling 311.
- · They will need a FEMA ID number, which they can get by registering at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
- · The NYC Rapid Repairs teams will work closely with City agencies, including the Department of Buildings and Department of Housing Preservation and Development, to make sure that any necessary inspections and certifications are done as quickly as possible.
- · If they so choose, homeowners still have the option of having repairs made through their insurance company or with a standard reimbursement from FEMA. If they choose NYC Rapid Repairs, we will handle getting the contractors in and getting the work done.
- · Homes eligible for NYC Rapid Repairs will be those who have received a green placard from the Department of Buildings, indicating that the home is structurally sound.
Information for Homeowners Restoring their Power and Making Repairs:
- · The Department of Buildings has a list of helpful documents related to repairs and power restoration: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/
- · This flyer from LIPA, the NYC Department of Buildings, and the Office of Emergency Management contains information on the process for a customer to restore power to their home:http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/
- · The Department of Buildings will waive all application and permit fees for any work done on buildings damaged by the storm.
- · Ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan began today.
- · Ferries depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, where the Economic Development Corporation has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
- · The service starts at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush. Each trip should take about 40-45 minutes.
- · The one-way fare is $2.
- · Further details and schedules can be found here: http://www.nycedc.com/blog-
Odd-Even Gasoline Purchasing System:
- · Mayor Bloomberg has established an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations. The temporary system will remain in effect until further notice and will operate as follows:
o Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number or the number “0” purchase fuel on even numbered days.
o Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number purchase fuel on odd numbered days.
o Vehicles with licenses plates ending in letters will be deemed as odd numbered plates and can make purchases on odd numbered days.
o Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and limousine Commission are exempt.
- · The use of legal walk-up fuel containers by individuals is not affected by the executive order.
- · As they have been since the storm, NYPD officers will be deployed to maintain order at stations.
FEMA Workshops for Non-Profits:
- · Many of our city’s non-profit institutions were impacted by the storm.
- · FEMA provides public assistance to these institutions.
- · The first step in this process is for these organizations to attend an applicant briefing held by FEMA.
- · Details on upcoming briefings can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/
- · Teams including FDNY, Department of Environmental Protection and other City agency workers are power-washing streets in areas that experienced flooding and accumulated sand and other debris from the storm.
- · Today the teams operated in the zone between Beach Channel Drive south to Rockaway Freeway and east to west from Beach 73rd Street to Beach 94th Street.
Day of Service:
- · On Saturday, Mayor Bloomberg kicked off a day of service to assist New Yorkers and clean-up areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
- · 1,000 volunteers participated in the latest of several City-organized service days.
- · These volunteers worked at 19 different sites in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island
- · Service work included hot food preparation and service; distribution of non-perishable food, water and other supplies; boardwalk and parks clean-up; and games and activities for children.
- · An additional 1,825 volunteers assisted in City parks cleanup at 16 different sites over the weekend.
- · To date volunteers have canvassed more than 18,400 apartments and reached more than 19,700 people in NYCHA properties, rental buildings and single-family homes to check on them and provide food and supplies.
- · Anyone interested in volunteering should visit NYC Service at: nyc.gov/service
Door to Door Medical Care in Brooklyn and Queens:
- · Medical teams have been deployed to high rise residential buildings in Coney Island and Far Rockaway to:
o Make sure the medical needs of residents are being attended to
o Conduct a medical assessment to ensure that residents are safe
o Connect residents with prescription medications.
- · The teams assess the wellbeing of residents who have not been able to leave their apartments and who may have been without water, electricity and heat.
o If the paramedic determines that a resident has immediate acute medical needs, the resident will be taken to a field clinic or a hospital for additional care.
- · These teams are dispatched in ambulances and consist of a paramedic, Health Department staff, and a member of the National Guard.
- · The New York City Health Department is coordinating the effort with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Guard.
- · This outreach will run from 8am to 8pm each day.
- · The City is requesting that building management and landlords in Far Rockaway and Coney Island make their sites available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm so that the teams can access residents in the buildings.
o If the building management cannot have someone at the building at these times, they are asked to please call the Health Department at 917-231-6066 or email@example.com.
Temporary Guidelines to Speed Heating Oil Deliveries and Boiler Repairs:
- · As a result of Hurricane Sandy, sufficient quantities of the low heating sulfur oil required by New York City law have been harder to obtain and distribute.
- · To ensure that New Yorkers have access to heating fuel, the City has temporarily suspended the sulfur limits, which will allow the use of oils with higher sulfur content through December 7th.
- · The City also has streamlined emergency work permits for boiler repairs and replacements to reduce the application timeline by as much as two weeks.
Parks, Beaches, and Playgrounds:
- · We have reopened most parks and playgrounds.
- · All beaches, which have experienced a great deal of erosion over the two recent storms, remain closed.
- · Details on park closures can be found at: nyc.gov/parks
24-Hour Debris Cleanup:
- · The Department of Sanitation is deploying teams around the clock to clear debris from the storm, with teams running 12-hour shifts since the storm ended.
- · To date they have removed nearly 239,000 tons of debris.
- · The Department of Sanitation has committed 802 pieces of equipment to debris removal.
- · We have reduced garbage collection in areas largely unaffected by the storm to allow us to move even more resources to neighborhoods that most need it.
- · Curbside recycling pickup has resumed.
Trees and Debris:
- 26,011 tree service requests have been made (alerting us of downed trees or branches).
- Of these requests, 15,432 were for downed trees.
- · The City has addressed 10,645 of these emergency tree conditions and crews continue to work around the clock to address conditions.
Food, Water & Blanket Distribution Sites:
- · To date we have distributed:
o More than 2 million meals
o More than 577,000 bottles of water
o More than 155,000 blankets
o 1,248 cases of diapers
o 183 cases of baby wipes
o 670 cases of baby formula
o 8,500 units of new underwear (kids and adults)
o 3,840 thermal blankets
o 1,552 winter hats
o 389 scarves
o 2,586 socks
o 8,550 blankets
o 4,000 hand-warmers
o 6,252 D batteries
o 9,972 C batteries
o 335 cases of garbage bags
o 3,399 flashlights/lanterns
o 476 cases of toilet paper
o 837 cases of bleach
o 20,000 cases of Ziploc bags
o 6,000 masks
o 10,000 boxes of cleaning wipes
o 1,500 work gloves
o 878 bars of soap
o 140 cases of toothbrushes
o 750 units of toothpaste
o 584 bath towels
- · We have distributed 1,500 electric space heaters to people in Broad Channel and the Rockaways who have had their power restored but do not yet have heat in their homes.
- · We have distribution sites set up in the hardest-hit areas of the city. The details of these sites, including the exact locations and hours of operation, can be found here:http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/
- · Local food trucks are giving away free hot meals at sites in the hardest-hit areas in a partnership arranged by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The locations and hours of operation can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/
- · As of this afternoon there were 17,441 Con Ed and 29,387 LIPA customers without power.
- · With many of these customers, the hurdles to restoring power are with the buildings, rather than the utility. Even when the power is restored to these areas, there is work to be done in these buildings before the lights can be turned on.
- · All Con Ed steam accounts that take can take power have been restored. 49 steam accounts cannot be restored due to damage to the buildings.
- · Power: 402 buildings people lost power because of the storm; the City has restored power to 390 of those buildings.
- · Heat/Hot Water: 386 NYCHA buildings lost heat and hot water because of the storm; the City has restored heat and hot water to 290 of those buildings.
- · NYCHA has deployed over 160 janitorial crews (60 from NYCHA and 100 from third party vendors) to remove garbage and clean stairwells and hallways in buildings impacted by the storm. This will continue until the agency’s caretaker crews are able to manage the buildings as before Sandy.
- · NYCHA has set up warming centers in Red Hook and additional warming centers are being established.
- · Staff and volunteers have been providing blankets to residents who have not had heat or hot water restored
- · The Board of the New York City Housing Authority has announced that NYCHA will begin instituting rent adjustments to residents in developments severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These rent abatement measures mean that for any days of the month in which residents were without essential services (electric, elevators, heat or water) as a result of Hurricane Sandy storm damage, they will be issued a rent credit.
- · Rent credits will be included in the January 2013 rent bill. NYCHA asks that residents continue to pay their normal rents until the credits are reflected on their rent bill. NYCHA residents will receive additional information in their December rent bill.
- · Alternate side parking will be suspended tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th.
- · The Holland Tunnel is open to all traffic.
- · The Queens-Midtown Tunnel is open.
- · The Hugh Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is open to buses.
- · Tolls on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Bridge and the Cross Bay Bridge are suspended.
- · Meters are in effect.
- · Subways, railroads, and buses are operating on a modified basis.
o All details on MTA service status can be found at: mta.info
- · Staten Island Ferry service is running on its regular schedule.
- · The East River Ferry is running.
- · Rockaway Ferry information can be found here: http://www.nycedc.com/blog-
- · PATH service has begun limited service.
- · NJ Transit services have been restored on a modified basis. Details are here: njtransit.com.
- · All City schools are open to students.
o Those students and staff who have been reassigned from buildings that sustained structural damage have gone to other school sites.
- · The Department of Education has coordinated transportation options for families with children who have been reassigned to other school sites:
o Full reimbursement for any family of a K-8 student at a relocated school taking MTA/cab service to and from school.
o 55 cents per mile reimbursement for any family of a student at a relocated school who uses their own vehicles.
o Free MetroCards will be distributed to all high school students at relocated schools who do not already have one.