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“There is no storm, no fire, no terrorist act that can destroy the spirit of our city, and keep us from looking forward envisioning a better tomorrow.”

Um, that’s right Bloomberg.

Only lack of government preparedness before the storm, neglect for the city’s poorest residents, and a lack of shelters with running water and heat can destroy the spirit of our city… And only in the outer boroughs where your friends don’t live… in places that the majority of New Yorkers will never see.

"The stories of heartbreak are unimaginable… We met with first responders whose job was to find two children… Some elderly couples just couldn’t leave… Folks are looking to Washington for how can you help us… Some still don’t have electricity…" 


New York State has received $27.7 million in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds.

The grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply for temporary positions.


By Phone: Contact the Department of Labor at: 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).

Online: Please fill out and submit the online registration form, (En Españolformulario de inscripción en línea

). The New York State Department of Labor will work with local officials to recruit and hire workers.

In Person: Individuals can also visit their local Disaster Recovery Center

or One-Stop Career Center.

Available FEMA Jobs

Governor Cuomo is also partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire over 300 workers to assist in recovery efforts in disaster-stricken communities.

These full-time, temporary positions are wide-ranging, from Community Relations Specialists providing outreach to the disaster-stricken communities, to administrative assistants.

To apply: Individuals interested in applying for a job with FEMA should visitGovernor Cuomo’s Jobs Express website.

Salaries have been determined based on local wages to ensure an hourly wage comparable to the private sector.

Qualified applicants selected for a position will be fingerprinted for background security checks with results within 24 to 48 hours.

Approved candidates will then be formally offered positions and sworn in.

This is great and all, but checking on residents in highrise and lowrise buildings is something that volunteers have been doing for weeks. 

Glad to see that the Mayor’s office just caught on…


Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Chief Service Officer Billings-Burford today announced volunteers will begin to contact and assess residents in buildings less than six stories that still do not have electricity, heat or running water as part of a new targeted door-to-door canvass…

Today President Obama spoke about how he will be bringing scientists, engineers and elected officials together to find bi-partisan ways to reduce carbon emissions – and I look forward to supporting that new effort in any way I can. The president has taken some important steps to fight climate change over the past four years, including doubling fuel efficiency standards on cars and trucks. But, as he said today, it is not enough. And whether or not Hurricane Sandy resulted from climate change, there is no doubt that the threat of increasingly intense storms should spur Washington to make the issue a top priority.
Mayor Bloomberg’s statement on President Obama’s remarks on climate change. (via nycgov)

Time magazine has a piece on how Hurricane Sandy fundamentally changed the relationship between Occupy Wall Street and New York City government, thanks to the fact that Bloomberg et al have relied so heavily on OWS offshoot Occupy Sandy to keep citizens alive in the weeks after the storm. 

It’s a great story that lays out why the City needs Occupy. But what it doesn’t touch on much is the fact that Occupy in many ways needs the city, too; and that some of the best moments in the relief effort have come when the city has provided resources that the grassroots movement will never have. Sometimes this came in the form of giving Occupy Sandy resources to push out through its massive grassroots distribution network; and sometimes it came in the form of police officers and the National Guard providing security at sites where the group had set up donation centers. 

If this truce only lasts as long as the hurricane clean up effort, then not only will NYC government continue to have a gaping hole in its emergency response plan, Occupy will have missed an opportunity to influence, in a more permanent way, how the city treats citizens. Certainly Occupy has shown that there’s a faster, more humane way to help people in need. The group can continue to push that agenda as a band of outsiders, but a seat at the table can be a very powerful thing.

From the Twitter stream of Gov. Cuomo ()

If you lost your job/income due to , there’s fed assistance available: Call 1-888-209-8124 or 1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state                    


Mayor Bloomberg today launched NYC Restore, a new way to connect residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy with financial, health, environmental, nutritional and residential services, as well as FEMA assistance processing.

The seven NYC Restoration Centers will be located in the…


Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and Comptroller Liu today announced a $500 million emergency plan to repair public schools and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The plan calls for an appropriation of $200 million for the Department of Education and $300 million for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. School and hospital repair needs include structural restorations, new boilers, new electrical systems, roof repairs, flood remediation and more.

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“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. 
“Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the City has been working around-the-clock to meet the needs of people living in the areas that were hit hardest – like the Rockaways, Staten Island, Red Hook and Coney Island. And every day, we’re expanding our efforts. 
“For the last ten days, we’ve been providing food, water and other necessities to people living in the hardest-hit areas.

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Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced NYC Rapid Repairs, a new program that will send teams of contractors and City inspectors into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy to quickly and efficiently fix damaged homes. Through a partnership with FEMA, contractors will serve specific affected…