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Mayor, Police Commissioner Visit Officers Whose Precinct Was Damaged By Sandy

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited officers Friday whose precinct suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy.

The 60th Precinct in Coney Island suffered extensive damage as a result of the storm and had to be evacuated. Officers in that precinct were relocated to the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay.

Friday morning, Bloomberg visited the 61st Precinct to thank those officers and to commend them for their response to Hurricane Sandy. He told them during morning roll call that Sandy's impact could have been worse if it weren't for their hard work.

Kelly told NY1 that the damage at the 60th Precinct will require extensive rewiring.

"There was a tremendous amount of flooding, of course, at the 60th Precinct station house, which is in Coney Island, right in the middle of Coney Island," Kelly said. "Officers had to evacuate that building. They're still not back in the building. They're turning out of the 61st Precinct here. It's working well, but obviously we want to get them back into that location as quickly as possible."

Kelly said the aim is to have those officers back at the 60th Precinct in about a week.

The police commissioner added that more than 1,700 officers suffered their own property damage to either their homes or their cars as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile, the city's gas rationing to cars based on odd or even license plate numbers is scheduled to end at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number or vanity plates can only get gas at the pump on odd-numbered days, and vehicles with plates that end in an even number and zero can only get gas on even-numbered days.

Certain vehicles are exempt from the rationing, including vehicles with licenses from the Taxi and Limousine Commission, cars with medical doctor plates, commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles and buses.

To report price gouging at gas stations, call 1-800-771-7755 or go to the state attorney general's website at ag.ny.gov.


Recovery And Relief

City Response

The city says that the mayor's office coordinated the distribution of more than 26,500 Thanksgiving meals for residents at 30 sites impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

In all, the city says that working with FEMA, it has distributed more than 2.7 million meals and close to 700,000 bottles of water to those impacted by Sandy.

The city says it has also authorized $1.2 billion for repair work as a result of Sandy. $500 million of those expenses will go towards the city's Rapid Repairs Program, which will help restore power, hot water and heat at homes impacted by Sandy. Another $500 million will be used to restore public school and hospital buildings.

Public Housing

The city is putting eviction notices on hold for public housing residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

New York City Housing Authority officials say they will not pursue any new housing court actions for not paying the rent, or perform evictions from now until New Year's Day.

It will also put a freeze on 30-day vacate orders.

Cases that are now in the system will be left to the judge's discretion.

However, eviction notices and vacate orders will be issued if residents are found to be breaking the law, such as running illegal businesses out of their apartments.

Meanwhile, many people displaced by Sandy have been receiving temporary shelter, but they will soon have to find somewhere else to stay.

With the city's shelters now closed, FEMA has been paying for temporary hotel rooms for New Yorkers with nowhere else to go.

But the agency is only covering costs until December 1.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg acknowledged the struggle of those still looking for housing but said the situation isn't as dire as it seems.

He estimates only a few thousand residents will actually need help finding long-term housing.

He said the city's Rapid Repairs program will be able to help most people.

"If you take a look at the number of people staying in hotels, if we can get these buildings back up with heat and electricity than you don't have to find other housing for them," Bloomberg said.

Governor Cuomo has said the housing situation is worse statewide where tens of thousands of homes will have to be rebuilt.

Residents can register for FEMA assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Bronx:

12th Judicial District, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon-Fri

Brooklyn:

IKEA, 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Holy Family R.C. Church, 9719 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Coffey Park, 85 Richards Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Gerritsen Little League Field, 2671 Gerritsen Avenue, Gerritsen Beach, NY
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Social Security Building, Gravesend, 10 Bouck Court, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Queens:

Duane Reade (Waldbaums Supermarket parking lot), 115-12 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, NY 11694
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Community Church of the Nazarene, 1414 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Fort Tilden Park (Building 415), 1-199 Rockaway Point Boulevard, Breezy Point, NY 11697
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

American Legion, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, NY 11693
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Storefront, 1001 Beach 20th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Staten Island:

Miller Field, 600 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Sun

Corner of Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Sun

Mount Loretto CYO, 6581 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10309
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Mount Manresa Jesuit House, 239 Fingerboard Road, Staten Island, NY 10305
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun

Kia in Staten Island, 1976 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Sun


The housing authority announced Monday evening that heat and hot water has been restored to all public housing buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy, and by Tuesday 98 percent of the agency's damaged elevators were working again.

NYCHA officials warned that some residents could "occasionally experience service disruptions as generators are disconnected" and roughly 24 temporary boilers in affected buildings are being serviced.

Nearly all city public housing residents who have been without electricity since the storm hit are back on the grid.

However, the housing authority also said this is because there is a delay between power restoration and its actual return due to damaged circuits.

Public housing residents who still lack heat and hot water are asked to call the NYCHA Customer Contact Center at 1-718-707-7771.

Transit And Traffic

City transit officials are working to increase methods of transit for areas in the five boroughs that received the most harm from Sandy.

A second Staten Island ferry route to Manhattan will soon be up and running for residents of neighborhoods that are reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

A temporary ferry service will be in operation for the Monday morning rush.

For the next eight weeks, the ferry will travel between Great Kills, Wall Street and East 35th Street.

The ferries will make six trips in each direction a day, leaving Staten Island between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and coming back between noon and 6:15pm.

The one-way fare is $2.

The service is similar to the temporary ferry to the Rockaways, that was put in place to give residents there another way off the peninsula, that lost much of it's transit infrastructure.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority began running the new H train shuttle to run across the Rockaways. It is the first subway service in that area of Queens since Sandy hit more than three weeks ago.

The city Departments of Transportation and Sanitation say alternate-side parking are suspended indefinitely in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Those areas are:
- Brooklyn Community Board 6 west of and including Hamilton Avenue, which includes the neighborhood of Red Hook.
- Brooklyn Community Board 18, which covers Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown and Mill Island.
- Brooklyn Community Board 13, which represents Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Sea Gate.
- Brooklyn Community Board 15, which includes Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach and Homecrest.
- Queens Community Board 14, which covers the Rockaways.

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