Friday, November 2, 2012. New York City – Will it be tonight the last night Lower Manhattan is without electricity? Residents in Downtown Manhattan have been without electricity since Monday.
Gothamist.com reports that, “It’s been a confusing day trying to figure out whether Con Ed would be able to restore power to lower Manhattan below 39th Street, which has been in the dark since Hurricane Sandy hit the city Monday night. It seems a lot of people in Chelsea have been receiving robocalls about power coming back on in the last hour…except Con Ed says those calls were mistakes.”
Con Ed posted on Twitter, “Apologies to the folks receiving robocalls from #ConEdison in #Manhattan – We’re still on target to have power restored by tmw (Saturday) night.”
People in the Lower East Side, the Rockaways, Staten Island and Red Hook were the most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Different non-profit organizations and members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are helping residents in New York City.
This is a list of organizations/places where you can make donations or volunteer to help those in need.
According to NY1 News, “Approximately 100,000 Con Ed customers in mid- and lower Manhattan had their power restored Friday evening after Con Ed made repairs to the East 14th Street substation that was damaged by Sandy last Sunday night. Hours earlier, Con Ed restored power to 84,000 Staten Island customers in some of the hardest-hit areas.
However more than 250,000 customers across the five boroughs were still without power as of Friday night, and Con Ed officials said it could take until next weekend or even longer to complete all the necessary repairs.
Meanwhile Friday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority expanded its subway and commuter rail service, including service on the Staten Island Ferry. The first ferry left from the St. George terminal, followed by half-hourly service in both directions.”
The moderator of the Facebook page: Boycott the NYC 2012 Marathon says, IT’S OFFICIAL!!! THE 2012 NYC MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!
The creators of the page said, “We are a team of runners dedicated to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Due to the catastrophic events, we have decided to wear our Bib numbers on race day, BUT WILL NOT BE RUNNING. We will be volunteering and assisting those in Staten Island who need our help. We disagree with the decision to proceed with the marathon in light of the fact that there are so many fellow New Yorkers without homes, power, food, water and basic essentials.”
Critics pressed city officials and race organizers to cancel the event, saying it would be an insult to those affected by hurricane Sandy.
The online petition “Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg, CEO of NYRR: Postpone the NYC Marathon until Spring 2013? on www.change.org asking Bloomberg and Wittenberg to cancel the marathon got more than 29,000 signatures.
The New York Times says that, “Runners Express Shock, Anger and Relief After Months of Training.
It did not seem too much of an inconvenience on Friday, a two-hour delay at Malpensa Airport in Milan. Nor was the nine-hour flight too uncomfortable. Raffaella Romazzotti was excited, headed to New York to run her first marathon. Shortly after she landed, she received a startling text message. The marathon had been canceled.
“I’m very angry,” said Romazzotti, 34, an accountant who spent about $2,500 to travel to the race.
“If Bloomberg decided to cancel, why couldn’t he do that before?” she added, referring to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.”
NYC Marathon Of Relief Effort 2012 (NYCMORE2012.org) said on its website, “With the NYC Marathon now cancelled, a group of runners and volunteers are now shifting their focus to helping the huge effort of recovery that lies ahead. “We have trained for a marathon and we intend to put one on. But instead of a foot race, we want a marathon of service,” said Jaclynn Larington. “We continue to draw on the spirit of endurance to turn this day into real action.”
The NYCMore2012 website will be a repository of the latest information on how we can provide the most immediate relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Runners and non-runners will have access to shelters, supply drop-off sites and volunteer opportunities where they are needed the most. The site will also be a central communication outlet for the various organizations that are sending their messages from a variety of sources, and as we’ve already seen, is sometimes outdated by the time it’s received.
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