City manager recounts efforts before, during and after hurricane.
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously
to affirm City Manager Jack Schnirman’s call for a state of emergency on Oct.
27, two days before Hurricane Sandy barreled through and crippled the town.
Schnirman’s declaration permitted city officials to take
any measures needed to protect life, property and infrastructure in the city,
an order that will remain intact until he otherwise deems it unnecessary. Like Long Beach Patch on Facebook.
Before the vote on the resolution, Schnirman recounted the
multitude of measures city officials and others took before, during and after
the storm, noting that it distributed some 19,000 sandbags, contacted Sen.
Charles Schumer’s offices to get a generator to operate the water plant that
shut down, and sent search and rescue teams to check on residents.
“Probably most incredibly we had 3,137 volunteers who
helped throughout the city, and 9,826 residents who had received donations of
clothing, food and supplies,” Schnirman said.
The city manager added that, to date, the FEMA has helped
2,400 residents and the New York State Department of Labor
has assisted 350 residents at City Hall.
Tuesday’s meeting was the council’s first after the storm
and after the Nov. 7 meeting was canceled while crews were busying working to
restore the city’s power and the water and sewage systems, among other basic
The council also voted to rescind the citywide 6 p.m.
curfew at Tuesday’s meeting, which was held at 2 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. for
that reason. “As of today we are lifting the curfew in order to maintain
safety, but we’re maintaining the state of emergency that we’re talking about
today and a strong police presence until that is no longer needed,” Schnirman
The “special” meeting was sparsely attended and the good
and welfare session, when residents have the opportunity to address the council
on any government-related issues, was not held as residents visited the
Disaster Recovery Center outside the sixth-floor council chamber to apply for
assistance from various agencies, including FEMA.
Council President Len Torres said that he appreciated the
report and commended all the first-responders that were present. “I have to say
that the kind of leadership that I have witnessed is very, very commendable,”
he said. Be a Follower. Explore and subscribe to Patch groups.
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