Issues: Hurricanes

Statement on Hurricane Sandy

"Thankfully, the worst has passed," said State Senator Jose Peralta, who throughout the day Monday sent e-mails conveying information from the city Office of Emergency Management to his constituents in Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst. "Many homes in my district lost power because of fallen trees taking down power lines and utility poles toppling.  There was property damage, also because of fallen trees.  Thank God, though, that the storm did not cause any fatalities or serious injuries in this area.

"I extend my condolences to the family of the man killed in Flushing and the loved ones of the others who lost their lives to this storm."  

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October 30, 2012
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Assessing the damage of hurricane Sandy at Andrews Grove

In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, a lot of things need to be done in order to repair the damages it caused.

October 30, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE – NEWS, CLOSURES & IMPORTANT LINKS

With Hurricane Sandy underway, I wanted to provide you with some important information regarding conditions and closures in our area. Please also visit my website, or find me on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding the storm. I will do my best to update these sites in real-time with the most recent information available.

>PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TOMORROW, OCT 30th

>MTA SERVICE SUSPENDED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY

October 29, 2012
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RITCHIE TOURS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE SANDY

Encourages Public to Have Emergency Contact Numbers on Hand

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with St. Lawrence County Emergency Service Director Joseph Gilbert and toured the emergency operations center in Canton Monday morning, as local officials prepared for Hurricane Sandy. 

October 29, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Empire State, it is absolutely critical that local families throughout the Hudson Valley take every possible step to stay informed and keep safe.  

Under no circumstances should anyone underestimate the potential impact of this storm.

October 29, 2012
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PRINT NOW: IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACTS FOR CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Ritchie Encourages Having Emergency Numbers on Hand in Advance of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall Monday night or early Tuesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging people to print out the below emergency contact numbers to have on hand in the event of a power outage.

October 29, 2012
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As Hurricane Sandy Approaches...

Follow these tips from New York State as the hurricane/coastal storm approaches:

 

October 29, 2012
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Monday October 29th Advisory

No Public Transportation
Alternate Side Parking and Meter Rules Suspended
Public Schools are Closed

October 28, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

PUBLIC TRANSIT: The MTA will shut down all subway, bus, and commuter railroad service at 7 PM, Sunday. Services will resume 12 hours after the hurricane has passed NYC. For the latest information visit http://alert.mta.info

SCHOOLS: All NYC public schools will be closed Monday, October 29. A decision will be made Monday afternoon about Tuesday. Visit www.nyc.gov for updates.

October 28, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Updates

This storm is changing quickly and this morning Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of Zone A and other low-lying coastal areas is necessary. This means that everyone in these areas must leave and go somewhere outside the evacuation zone.

 

In addition, New York City schools will be closed tomorrow.

 

Hurricane Sandy continues to be a dangerous storm. Storm surges are predicted to reach 6 to 11 feet which would result in flooding in these areas beginning tomorrow morning. We expect the peak of this surge will take place from late Monday into early Tuesday, and flooding continue throughout Tuesday. We also expect that gale force winds will commence around sunset this evening.

 

Areas in the Evacuation Zone:

October 28, 2012
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Be Prepared For Hurricane Sandy

Last year it was Irene, now it looks like Hurricane Sandy could be paying us a visit. While Irene caused an incredible $4 billion dollars worth of damage, the National Weather Service says Sandy is actually more powerful and potentially more destructive. Sadly, as of this writing, she’s already claimed 44 lives.

I stress this because I’ve heard some say, “it can’t happen here.” That’s simply not true. Long Island has been hit by several category three hurricanes and nothing could be more dangerous than ignoring that fact. So I am including some tips below to help you prepare and stay safe. Also, if you have a vulnerable neighbor – a senior or someone with a disability – please be sure to check on them before and after the storm.

October 28, 2012
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IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING HURRICANE SANDY

As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy, it is important that we prepare for the storm’s potential impacts.

October 27, 2012
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Storm Update and Preparation

There is a lot of concern about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. I have been in contact with the Governor’s office, and have urged that steps be taken now to lower reservoir levels in the area to help absorb any rainfall.

The Governor reports that measures are being implemented, and several other steps have been taken to prepare for a potential emergency. 

I wanted to share with you some web links that you may find helpful.

To follow the path of the hurricane, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Information about New York State’s efforts and recommendations can be found at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/

October 26, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency in New York in Preparation for Potential Impact of Hurricane Sandy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy, which may hit New York State in the coming days. A state of emergency mobilizes resources to local governments that otherwise are restricted to state use only and suspends regulations that would impede rapid response.

October 26, 2012
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Emergency Preparations Underway For Hurricane Sandy

 

ONEONTA, 10/26/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on emergency preparation in advance of Hurricane Sandy following a briefing by the governor’s office:

“With Hurricane Sandy predicted to impact the region in the coming days, residents should stay informed and prepare for the potential of severe weather.  I am pleased Governor Cuomo is readying state emergency operations personnel and already the New York Power Authority and the NYCDEP are releasing water and lowering reservoir levels in Schoharie County to reduce the potential for flooding.  These precautionary measures are sensible steps that will help prepare our region in the event Hurricane Sandy strikes.

October 26, 2012
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Stay updated on the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts


[Our admiration, gratitude and pride go out to all of the local volunteers providing Hurricane Sandy emergency assistance, including the Bath Volunteer Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team and local American Red Cross volunteers.]

From the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

Albany, N.Y.--CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY EFFORTS...

October 26, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Hurricane Sandy to deliver high winds, inches of rain to Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Sandy is coming. Any doubts that the category 1 storm, currently raking the Bahamas with sustained 80 mph winds, will visit us early next week have been all but erased. The National Hurricane Center now expects the powerful storm to make landfall near Cape May, N.J., at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. The odds of that happening are 90 percent or greater, forecasters say.

The storm is now expected to begin veering to the west at about 2 a.m. Monday, after it clears Cape Hatteras, N.C.

October 26, 2012
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October 26, 2012
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