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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with the City of New York to collect common household hazardous waste from flood-damaged homes in the New York City area.

The primary focus of this effort is now in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Residents of flood-impacted areas in these boroughs are encouraged to put waste products on their curbs for pickup, including: solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia.

Through Sunday, December 2, 2012, the EPA and its contractors will drive the streets of impacted areas to pick up the household hazardous waste on the curb at each residence.

Please segregate household hazardous waste from other garbage and stack items in cardboard boxes or clear plastic tote bins for easy identification and separation.

For more information and to view maps where curbside pickup will occur, visit:

The New York City Department of Sanitation will be picking up white goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, and will remove the refrigerants from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. Refrigerants include chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. These refrigerants will be removed from appliances by the city using EPA certified recovery systems before the items are crushed or taken apart for recycling.

The New York City’s Department of Sanitation offers updates at:

For more information, call the EPA’s regional public liaison, George Zachos, at: 1-888-283-7626.

With so many people in Staten Island still without heat and feeling un-helped by FEMA, things could get shout-y this Thursday, if nothing else. Don’t miss the town hall meeting at New Dorp High School at 7pm.

From the Staten Island Advance (and picked up by Occupy Sandy):

"Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy who have questions about the benefits to which they are entitled can attend a town hall meeting Thursday sponsored by Borough President James P. Molinaro.

"The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane.

"Molinaro said that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives as well as borough elected officials and city agency representatives would attend.

"He said he also wants to clear up some confusion that victims have about benefits.

"I don’t want people to miss out on what’s available to them," Molinaro said. "I want to tell them what they’re entitled to."


A Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery Center has opened up at the College of Staten Island to offer assistance and answer any questions business owners may have. The center is located at:

College of Staten Island
(The City University of New York)
Main Admin Building in Bldg 1A-102
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

SBA can also be contacted via phone at 1-800-827-5722

Louis CK on when he knew he wanted to do benefit shows in Staten Island:

"When your guy [Borough President James P. Molinaro] said 'Fuck the Red Cross!

"You hear him saying the Red Cross is dogshit, and then you see Chuck Schumer standing behind him, wanting to put his hand on his face, thinking ‘I’m a Senator, I can’t deal with this.’ I love the people out here."

Read the benefit recap here. Read about Chris Rock’s opening act here.


This morning, November 26th, the new temporary commuter ferry service from Great Kills, Staten Island started. The eight-week service will bring relief to, and ease the commutes of neighborhoods in Staten Island that were most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. New York Water Taxi will operate the ferry service from Great Kills Park to Pier 11 at Wall Street and continue on to 35th Street. The one-way fare is $2.00.  Learn more and view the schedule:  

Photo credit: @NYC_DOT Instagram

Saturday November 24, 2012

1. Get on your bike! (via Time’s Up)

If you’ve been to the Rockaways, you know that the fastest way to get around the traffic jams of cars, volunteers, relief trucks, aid stations, and clean up crews is on a bike. So if you have the bicycle and the legs, join the Time’s Up Fossil Fuel Disaster relief riders this Sunday. The details:

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1. Calling all electricians! (via everywhere)

The power grid is up, but many people can’t get the lights on until their buildings are inspected by a licensed electrician. Some folks are donating this service (like in Staten Island), and others are only charging what a friend in the Rock calls “a reasonable price gouge.” If you’d like to help in whatever way sits well with your conscience, check out the following places: Broad Channel (contact the firehouse at 718 474 8888), Red Hook (contact 718-306-9149 or, Sheepshead Bay/Brighton Beach/Coney Island (contact COJECO, 917-744-2600 or, the Rockaways (contact Kei at Occupy Sandy 347-292-8117), Staten Island (contact Occupy Sandy and Staten Island Recovers at 347-201-0670 or

2. Canvassing, clean up, and data entry in Red Hook (via Occupy Sandy).

Occupy Sandy and Red Hook Volunteers are looking for 500 people for a massive canvassing clean up effort in Red Hook.

Meet at 499 Van Brunt Street on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Work shifts are from 10am-2pm and 1pm - 6pm.

If you’d like to do data entry, bring a laptop. Otherwise make sure you have pens and a phone. If you plan on doing demolition, be wearing appropriate clothing (ie, warm, comfortable, stuff you can get really dirty).

Volunteers will do demo, mold remediation, electrical and plumbing work, supply distribution, canvassing, and data entry.

To confirm attendance volunteers should go to

3. Staten Island clean up (via Occupy Sandy/Staten Island Recovers)

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, people will be doing demolition work, bagging garbage, doing clean up, and scrubbing mildew. Dress appropriately, wear sturdy boots, and bring heavy work gloves.

Bring your own lunch and water. If you have any of the following please bring as well: N95 masks, hammers, shovels, mops, buckets, bleach, contractor trash bags, crow bars, utility knives, industrial push brooms, flashlight w/ batteries bring them. Make sure to mark any tools you don’t want to donate.

Meet at 10am at the following locations to be grouped, trained, and sent out:

Occupy Sandy’s hub at 1128 Olympia Blvd

Goodfellas Pizza, 1718 Hylan Boulevard 

Hallowed Sons 
49 Cedar Grove Ave big need for volunteers: cleanup, food service, etc.

Brown Cross 
95 Hett Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 

Extraordinary story from the NYTimes about how inmates pitched in to help after the hurricane. Many of the prisoners and the guards have ties to the Rockaways, and their efforts were really amazing.

"Inmates did 6,600 pounds of laundry for people in emergency shelters. The jail supplied generators and gas to fuel them to neighborhoods in the dark, and donated long underwear usually given to inmates. And officers with medical training provided emergency care to victims.

Ms. Schriro, a Staten Island native who lives on City Island in the Bronx, and her deputies started strategizing how they would tap Rikers’s enormous resources even as the storm was still raging. Ms. Schriro had already reminded the Bloomberg administration of all that Rikers had to offer should the storm prove to be as catastrophic as predicted.

"But Ms. Schriro felt a greater sense of urgency after seeing firsthand what the storm had done to the Rockaways, a place that is home to some of the jail’s inmates as well as to some of the guards who watch over them. She mobilized a group of correction officers to deliver truckloads of canned and dried goods from the island’s food supply and to use emergency relief supplies from the jail’s warehouses, including bottled water and blankets. The agency also delivered clothing to relief centers in the city, including jackets kept for inmates.

"Officers took generators and backup lights from various jails to Breezy Point, Queens, and other locations. Correction Department buses and vans transported evacuees on Staten Island and shuttled recovery workers in Brooklyn."


Here is a short video from Anthony in Midland Beach, Staten Island. I met him on the street and he helped us find homes/people that really needed the equipment. After a while I asked to see his home only to find it was one of the worst hit. He text me this morning and said he wanted to give thanks to donors whom he had never met but have kept him warm and dry. And to volunteers who handed him things when he needed them most.

We can and will do more - but for now, Happy Thanksgiving.


Today, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation announced a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Great Kills, Staten Island to Manhattan that will serve communities heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The new service…

In an ideal world, Occupy Sandy’s relief effort would be so successful that there would be no need for Occupy Sandy.

This day, of course, still seems far away — one need look no further than Midland Beach, Staten Island to see that the place depends almost completely on grassroots volunteers and the Dept of Sanitation — it’s coming. You can hear it with every new radio address from Bloomberg. You can read it in the latest NYCHA press release. You can see it as people find permanent and semi-permanent places to live that have power and heat.

In the next few weeks there will be less and less room for the role that Occupy played so well: the massive distributor of goods and services that took the place of grocery stores, clinics, and shops.

Will Occupy be okay with that? For as horizontal in structure, as non-hierarchical as the group claims to be, it seems to feel that it owns this relief effort.

"I’ve yet to see these people doing anything productive with their time." says one Occupy organizer, gesturing to a National Guard truck. (The National Guard has been working 24 hours a day to remove pieces of boardwalk and toxic debris out of Bob’s yard, and has helped clean up tons of rubble in Staten Island, but no matter.)

"They shouldn’t be feeding the cops and the fire fighters," an Occupy organizer in Staten Island tells me, when I mention that the Hallowed Sons have been serving hot food to public workers. "They can take care of themselves. They have enough."

It’s intriguing, this sense of ownership… this sense that Occupy does it better… this sense that it’s alright to be completely disdainful of the efforts of the government, while espousing a philosophy of being sensitive to the needs of the residents in hard hit communities, many of whom are the very cops and firefighters Occupy might imply have just been wastes of space or who have enough. (“This is not charity, this is mutual aid and community building” is an oft heard phrase ‘round Occupy HQs in Brooklyn)… 

An argument could be made that they indeed, already don’t own the recovery, that no one does. But what happens when it’s clear that what they do best — that massive distribution web — becomes less important? Would you want an Occupy Volunteer inspecting your house? An Occupy Volunteer doing your wiring? An Occupy Volunteer representing your legal rights as you work through the maze of FEMA/NYCHA/small business/insurance company paperwork?

What happens when people are finally given the services — with varying degrees of success — that only government can provide (heat, power, massive debris removal, building inspection, public transportation, safety in the streets)? What happens when people can go to stores? Make food at home? Do the laundry?

Occupy’s efforts have unquestionably been the driving force keeping people alive and safe after the storm. But I’m curious about what happens when other forces start to sustain New Yorkers. Will Occupy find a way to work with officials and big agencies as they step in? Will Occupy adapt to new roles? Recede into the background? Make snide remarks about how no one else does anything around here? 

Will Occupy Sandy fight to own the recovery or find a way to be relevant?

1. The Thanksgiving fly around

So much to do before the holiday… buying food, booking tickets, renting cars, peeling all that damn squash. And sharing the holiday with your fellow New Yorkers. Here are a few opportunities that some of you may be able to work into this hectic week.

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1. Fall food crawl (via Food to Eat)

FoodtoEat is hosting a Sandy benefit crawl today from 12-4pm to get people to restaurants that need your business. Tickets can be purchased online or at a Evelyn Drinkery: 171 Ave C.

Sales go to a donation pot that will be split between participating venues and used for their recovery efforts.

"Food Crawlers" receive a map of the participating venues after they buy a ticket, and from 3-4pm everyone meets at Kafana for an "after party" including entertainment and a raffle. 

Buy your ticket online here.

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