Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the Mayor's Office has coordinated the distribution of more than 26,500 Thanksgiving meals for residents at 30 sites in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The meals are available today from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, the City distributed more than 2,400 turkeys and 3,000 side dishes to elected officials and community organizations that are serving holiday meals. Locations are available at nyc.gov.
Generous supporters of these Thanksgiving efforts include Campus Coach Bus, Empire Force Events, Fairway Market, Fresh Direct, Great Performances, Gristedes, the Mannix Family of ShopRite, RCano Events, the Siller Foundation and the Stiller Foundation.
To date, the City, working with FEMA, has distributed more than 2.7 million meals and close to 700,000 bottles of water to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
NYC Rapid Repairs
Mayor Bloomberg announced that NYC Rapid Repairs, a first-of-its-kind program that sends teams of contractors and City inspectors to restore power, heat and hot water at homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy, has begun making repairs and restoring service at homes. Yesterday, the Mayor visited two homes in the Rockaways where Rapid Repair teams had restored power, heat and hot water. The Mayor also announced the City has authorized $500 million for the Rapid Repairs program.
$1.2 Billion for Major Repair Work
The City has authorized a total of $1.2 billion for an emergency spending plan to make critical repairs to homes, public schools and public hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Those expenses include the $500 million for NYC Rapid Repairs and $500 million to restore public school and hospital buildings, as well as:
Food, Water & Supply Distribution at City-Run Resource Sites
The City has opened food and water distribution sites in the hardest hit areas, and are staffed by City employees, volunteers, the Salvation Army and National Guard. Locations and hours: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html.
From Thursday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 21, the following have been distributed:
Partnership with Local Food Truck
The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City partnered with the NYC Food Truck Association and local food trucks to coordinate hot food distribution in areas severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Since the start of the partnership, the food trucks have served or donated 203,659 meals. The locations and hours are available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hot_food.html.
School Days Added to Make Up for Time Lost Due to Hurricane Sandy
The City, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and United Federation of Teachers reached an agreement to make up school days lost because of Hurricane Sandy:
The City continues to make progress on reopening schools damaged by the storm:
The City coordinated a massive relief effort through NYC Service, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and nonprofits and also organized medical teams that:
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is also contacting building owners in affected areas to ask if services have been restored and if they can check on their residents in buildings where power and heat are still unavailable, Visiting Nurse Services is following up with tenant outreach. More than 65,000 residents have been contacted through this process.
Mobile Medical Vans with Prescription Services
The City has deployed vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs at several locations in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Volunteers are also going door-to-door to reach people who may have medical needs but remain in their homes without heat and power. The location and hours are available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/medical_vans.html.
Extension of the Odd-Even Gasoline Purchasing System
Mayor Bloomberg extended the emergency order establishing an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases. It will remain in effect until and including Friday, November 23, and operates as follows:
Power Customers Out
Trees and Debris
Sanitation 24-Hour Debris Cleanup Continues
Sanitation crews have collected more than 280,000 tons of trash, debris and tree as a part of storm cleanup operations.
New NYC Restoration Centers
Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Restore to connect New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy with the financial, health, environmental and residential services they need - as well as FEMA reimbursement.
More information is available at nyc.gov <http://www.nyc.gov/>.
Alternate Side Parking
Alternate side parking regulations are suspended indefinitely in the neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They include:
Department of Buildings Application & Fee Waiver
As part of the City's ongoing recovery and assistance operations to help New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg signed an emergency order to waive application and permit fees for Hurricane Sandy repair work until further notice.
City Expedites Licensing for Home Improvement Contractors
The City is expediting additional Home Improvement Contractor licenses to encourage unlicensed contractors or those working out of New York City to come work on damaged property.
Staten Island Ferry Service
Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan today announced a request for bids from New York-area ferry service operators for a new, temporary service from Staten Island to Manhattan.
Expanded Staten Island Bus Service
The City has expanded bus service for the X23 and X24 lines in Staten Island to meet rising demands as a result of the storm.
The Economic Development Corporation worked with Atlantic Express Bus to begin operating temporary additional express bus service.
Rockaway Ferry Service
Seastreak ferry service is now running between the Rockaways and Manhattan. Ferries depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan. There are free transfer between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown. One-way fares will cost $2.00.
The Economic Development Corporation installed a temporary landing in the Rockaways to accommodate the temporary ferry service.
Free Parking for Rockaway Ferry Service
Free parking is available for those in the Rockaways taking the new ferry service to Manhattan. The parking lot, which was secured thanks to the assistance of National Grid, is across Beach Channel Drive from the new Rockaway ferry landing.
Support to Businesses
The City's Department of Small Business Services and Economic Development Corporation have put together a package of support for NYC businesses impacted by the storm:
Shelter for Those without Heat
Evacuation shelters remain open.
Community Recovery Directors Assist with Immediate Needs in Impacted Areas
Mayor Bloomberg appointed senior level New York City managers this week to identify urgent needs, stay in close contact with the community leader and deploy resources to meet needs. The City's Community Recover Directors are:
Brad Gair Appointed Director of Housing Recovery Operations
The Mayor appointed Brad Gair, one of the nation's top emergency management professionals, to lead the effort to address challenge of providing longer-term housing for New Yorkers displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy. Many buildings that were flooded are going to be out of commission for a long time because of damage to boilers and electrical systems. This includes public housing, as well as private apartments and houses.
Air BNB Temporary Housing
Air BNB, an on-line service that connects people seeking temporary housing with those who have unused space, has launched a new platform to link New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy to New Yorkers who want to offer free places to stay. Air BNB is providing with service at no fee, and information is available at airbnb.com/sandy <http://www.airbnb.com/sandy>.
Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund