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Growing Frustration

It's now the 11th day after Sandy hit - and we have not moved and inch forward ( I am sorry, a couple of traffic lights are working). I have doubts that the city really does EVERYTHING to improve the situation. A couple of inches of snow - and the sewer is again out of order "do not flush your toilets". The city's water is awaiting approval from the Nassau county Health Department now for the 5th (!) day - completely unacceptable, or they do not tell us the truth. Instead they are worried about opening schools again - how can my family move back to Long Beach without water and eletricity? The kids can live with one or two more weeks without school, but Long Beach will not survive if eletricity and water will not be back soon. I heard rumours that it will take until mid of December until power will be restored. If anyone has more concrete information than LIPA or the City of Long Beach ("within days"), please advise. Gasoline - why can't they send some fuel trucks to Long Beach so that the population at least does not have to worry about mobility?
Publius November 09, 2012 at 09:31 AM
jaykay -- surely share your frustration with the situation. I am still here with my family and with another family or 2 staying with us every night since storm hit. this thing is way beyond the city and the city is passing along information as they get it and are pressing hard. I am not in city govt, nor any relative or friend. it's just a fact. there is a lot more going on here in terms of help than in many other places in LI, Queens, SI and Brooklyn. Frankly, I don't know how or why that is, but I am glad it is the case. And i think under the circumstances the City employees and government have done a very good job of helping and providing information. Again, I'm surprised at how well. Watch the news, speak to freinds in brooklyn, Queens or SI and you'll see where there is little or NO information and help.
Gene Colon November 09, 2012 at 10:20 AM
OK, so Newsday says inspections are not required, but the LIPA website says they are. Does anyone know the story? Thanks.
Linda Carr Quill November 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I think we got power restored on Delaware Ave last night but I still need a little wiring done before I can put the main circuit breaker on. Need the electrician ASAP.
wikyjalo November 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I think the City Government has done a horrible job. Why isn't Schnirman screaming about the power situation as Mangano and others are? There is ZERO information being sent out by the city. How about our City Manager visiting residents instead of hiding in City Hall?
Publius November 10, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Most of LB has power now. Not Oceanside and Island park west of Long Beach Rd, not atlantic beach, not Massapequa south of merrick rd (central), not parts of great neck or roslyn, and loats of other places on Nassau, Queens, SI, Brooklyn. We have water back and if you drive around town, you see cleanup work being done. Oh, and I got phone calls from City Hall everyday, and checked the website and got texts everyday. Did you not?? I reiterate, I am thankful fro how much we've gotten when compared to most other towns. I don't know whether ort not Schnirman raged publicly at LIPA, what I do know is most of us have power. That is called results.
wikyjalo November 10, 2012 at 09:20 AM
I don't have power and our phones are dead as well, so we have no news. I am only able to check news when I am out of town. I still have a mound 6 feet high of smelly garbage in front of our home as well. Not raging at Sanitation as I know they are doing the best they can. If you are lucky enough to be in an area with power and your garbage has been picked up, good for you. But there are still plenty of us that don't have it, so I am sure you can understand the frustration the "have nots" still have.
wikyjalo November 10, 2012 at 09:26 AM
On the 600 block of W. Market we still have no power and still have a 6 foot mound of debris in the streets. If you are now a "have" - you are lucky, but don't forget the frustration you felt as a "have not". No power, no phones so we have no information from City Hall. Consider yourself lucky Publius, but don't tell those of us that still have nothing how great you have it.
Publius November 10, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I was responding to your raging at City, when it is not their fault and they are doing a good job as best I can tell. And the barometer for that is measuring against other towns. That is a fairly simple calculus. I live here. I know the devastation. There are piles of debris on my street, and I worry they will be here a long time. I only got power a couple days ago, water yesterday. Have had 1-3 families staying with us from the first day. I live here, I get it. Rage at me if it makes you feel better.
dee November 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I'd have to say scnirman is doing a lousy job, where is he??? Long Beach is not that big. He should be out and around the neighborhoods talking to people and making himself available to residents concerns,. As far as the red cross setting up hot food in nickerson beach, what good is it if noone can get there. both my cars were totalled and those that have cars wont waste gas to get there. How about loading up a truck and bringing it to more local areas like centre of town, new york ave etc .No local stores open to buy food so no food ,no power, no heat, no water, yeah its a piece of cake!
wikyjalo November 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Publius, saw Schnirman at an event today. Told him we are having our wiring fixed Tuesday, asked what we need to do after to get power on. Know what his answer is? He has no idea. I stand my my criticism of him. The Hurricane was not their fault, but the fact that they don't know what to tell residents how to get power on after telling us we need electricians is not acceptable.

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