Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort continues for hardest hit New Yorkers

October 29th marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in 182 lives lost, 150,000 homes destroyed, and 17 percent of the city’s land flooded. Sandy caused over $65 billion in damages across the tri-state area, many of which have yet to be repaired. …

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Hurricane Sandy’s Second Storm: Substance Abuse on Long Island

Long Island New York is the home of many of SJS’ writers and as you might recall was the center of many posts regarding Hurricane Sandy. While the storm might be over, it appears that there is a second storm building. The region has had a substance use and abuse issue for many years, and…

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Obama Asks Congress For 60 Billion In Sandy Relief, Will Congress Answer The Call?

The debt ceiling disaster and the fiscal cliff debacle are proof that America’s elected officials care more about ideologies than people. The abysmal failure of the two party system is going to be tested again when Congress decided whether to approve the 60 billion dollars that…

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Hurricane Sandy Resources for Long Island

By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer
The storm might be over and the power might be back on, but for many the recovery process will be a long road. United Way and 211 Long Island has developed a resource guide and website dedicated to information on resources for Hurricane Recovery. This…

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Addressing the Public Obligation of a Public Utility

New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman,  opened an investigation and issued subpoenas to both LIPA, Long Island Power Authority and Con Ed,  Consolidated Edison, over the “utilities’ preparedness and response” to hurricane Sandy. “ New York Gov. Andrew…

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Disorganization Slowing Repairs on Long Island

by Michelle Sicignano, LMSW, SJS Staff Writer
 
I have been informed that out of town work crews all over Long  Island have been housed in public parks, such as Sunken Meadow, and Bethpage, in large open spaces, often near water, where it is preferable for them to sleep in their trucks…

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A Petition to Hold LIPA Accountable for a Poor Response to Hurricane Sandy

After ten straight days of no power or heat I am back on, and very thankful for that fact. However, many in the tri-state area are still in the dark (literally). Billions of dollars of food have been lost, as well as business hours and schooling hours. Being without power for so long makes one…

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Long-Term Housing Needed for Thousands Impacted by Sandy

According to an NPR report this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said long-term housing would  be needed for between 30,000-40,000 thousand New York City residents.
Additionally, “The mayor said 114 public housing buildings, home to 21,000 people, are still without power in New York City…

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NJ Residents To Vote By Email – Worst Idea Ever

The Associated Press is reporting that NJ residents will be able to vote by email. Clearly the election presents problems that must be solved, but by email,  really? As one who follows electronic voting methods, I am having a hard time believing that this is real.

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