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New York – WTC Memorial To Reopen To Public After Superstorm

November 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM
New York - The World Trade Center memorial is reopening to the public now that damage from Superstorm Sandy has been taken care of. National September 11 Memorial & Museum president Joe Daniels said Monday water that rushed into the lower Manhattan site has been pumped out. Parts of the visitor center and a private entrance room for victims' families were damaged by 4 feet of water, as was...

Lynchburg, VA – Obama, Romney Make Final Appeals in Close Race

November 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Lynchburg, VA - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made last-minute pleas for votes Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the 2012 election in their favor. National polls of the eve of Election Day showed a neck-and-neck race. But the winner will be...

New York – Justice Department Sets Up Voter Fraud Hotline

November 5, 2012 at 10:29 PM
New York - The U.S. attorneys' offices for the New York City area have set up hotlines for residents to report possible voter fraud on Tuesday. The offices for the southern and eastern districts of New York will take calls on Tuesday. Residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties can call (646) 369-4739. Residents of Brooklyn...

Washington – Why Do We Vote? Not To Pick The Winner, Probably

November 5, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Washington - There's always grousing about the many people who don't bother to vote. But look at it the other way: An estimated 133 million Americans will cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Some will persevere despite long lines, pressing personal burdens or the devastation left by Superstorm Sandy. Why do they do it? It's not because any one voter will decide the contest between President...

New York – No Power for 114 Public Housing Buildings

November 5, 2012 at 08:26 PM
New York - The mayor says 114 public housing buildings, home to 21,000 people, are still without power in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also said Monday that there is still no heat and hot water in 174 public housing buildings that are home to 35,000 people. Bloomberg predicts "a lot of progress" in the next three to four days in restoring heat and hot water to people who are...

New York – Sandy Shutdowns Could Slam New York Office Market

November 5, 2012 at 07:28 PM
New York - The breakdown in services that lingers in lower Manhattan a week after super-storm Sandy may make tenants think twice before moving to or re-leasing office space in the area whose rebirth since September 11, has been painfully slow, some brokers said. Thousands of people who work south of 34th Street in Manhattan have been told that they may not be able to return to their offices...

New York – NY Governor Changes Insurance Rules So NYers Can Quickly Document Damage

November 5, 2012 at 07:17 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that, at his direction, Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky has instructed insurers to accept homeowners’ documentation, including photos and video, of losses so residents can discard debris before a second storm hits the region. Typically, insurance companies require an on-site inspection first before a claim can be...

Washngton – U.S. Govt. To Pick Up Hotel Tab For 34,000 Sandy Victims

November 5, 2012 at 06:17 PM
New York - The U.S. government said on Monday it had ordered the suspension of some housing foreclosures in areas hit by megastorm Sandy and would help find hotels and motels to temporarily house some 34,000 people displaced by the storm. "We don't want families to be victimized twice - once by the storm and once by a foreclosure," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told...

New York – Governor: New Yorkers Will Be Allowed To Vote In Any Polling Place

November 5, 2012 at 05:50 PM
New York - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday New Yorkers affected by superstorm Sandy will be allowed to vote in Tuesday's U.S. election in any polling place by presenting an affidavit. Cuomo said he was signing an executive order on Monday that will allow voters to cast ballots at voting stations other than the ones to which they are assigned. He said his order arose from concern...

New York – NY Gov: ‘Angry’ At Pace Of NY Power Recovery

November 5, 2012 at 05:48 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is railing against the utility companies tasked with bringing power back to communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. He says 480,000 throughout New York City and its suburbs are still without power days after the storm hit. At an afternoon news conference, he said that saying he was "angry, frustrated, disappointed would be the understatement of the...

New York – FDNY: Gasoline In Portable Containers, Please Follow These Safety Tips

November 5, 2012 at 05:40 PM
New York - With significant numbers of New Yorkers purchasing gasoline in portable containers, great caution should be followed: -Gas containers should NEVER be brought inside: store and use outdoors only as gas is highly flammable, and gas fumes can ignite; -NEVER refuel a running generator. It should be shut down and allowed to cool before refueling, as the hot surface can ignite the gas...

Washington – USDA Sending Food Aid To Sandy Victims

November 5, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Washington - The Agriculture Department is sending food aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. USDA announced Monday that the department is working with the state of New York and local food banks to distribute 1.1 million pounds of food to victims in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties. USDA worked with New Jersey and local organizations last week to produce meals...

New York – Chai LIfeline, Achiezer Open Crisis Hotline For Five Towns/Rockaway.

November 5, 2012 at 05:12 PM
New York - Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network and an acknowledged expert in the field of crisis intervention, and Achiezer, the Rockaways/Five Towns community resource center, have joined forces to help area families, schools, and institutions cope with mental health crises and emotional discomfort resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Help is available now at...

New York – New York City Post-Sandy Costs Total $85.4 Million So Far

November 5, 2012 at 05:06 PM
New York - New York City has spent $85.4 million so far on emergency contracts in response to superstorm Sandy, city Comptroller John Liu said on Monday, nearly tripling an earlier estimate. As of Nov. 5, the contracts approved for the response, recovery and relief efforts associated with Sandy totaled $85.4 million, up $29.2 million on Oct. 31. The repair of damaged beaches, from Manhattan...

Jerusalem – Military: Stray Syrian Bullet Hits Israeli Jeep

November 5, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says a bullet from Syria has struck one of its vehicles traveling on the Israeli side of the cease-fire line in the Golan Heights. No one was wounded in Monday's incident. The military says it believes the vehicle was damaged from a stray bullet from fighting inside Syria. The Israel-Syria border has been quiet since a 1974 armistice agreement. Such...

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