City Council Holds First Post-Sandy Meeting

City manager recounts efforts before, during and after hurricane.

The City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, the first since Hurricane Sandy.
The City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, the first since Hurricane Sandy.

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.

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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 infrastructure.   

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 said.

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. 

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david katof November 21, 2012 at 07:58 AM
when are all of the dead cars going to be removed from the streets? insurance companies satisfied many of the car owners, but cars remain untowed away. it is time to take care of this.
lori November 21, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Towing the responsibility of the owner and carrier. Carriers don't have enough tow trucks. Call your body shop have them junk it or call a junk donation I am sure they will be happy to tow your junk
Misty November 21, 2012 at 09:48 AM
To David Katof: Your true character has now been exposed. Yes, our cars were destroyed, we've settled with our carriers and returned our plates. Over 200,000 cars were totalled in Sandy. It's going to take some time before they are all removed. Please take your extra energy and donate your time instead of whining.
lori November 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Well spoken, misty. We are all in overdrive recovery mode. Many of our neighbors have left because they are homeless. The cars can be scrapped by a junkyard with one simple phone call. Those homeless are in survival mode I agree with you 100 percent. Maybe David can organize a volunteer group to make those junkyard phone calls?
James Russo November 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I hope they clean-up this city the gargage is is still all over the west end. ,I know it takes time but I don't think it's going all that well. There a stupid place to buy booze ofcourse but really no supermarket or a place that isn't ripping people off of there money plenty of prices that are just wrong . has anybody looked at Mobil they have been ripping off people for years I think the city should take a look and do something. Hey David what about the the canyons of funiture. You have some Nerve telling people there whining.
Nancy DeRienzo November 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
To all LB residents. I hope all are having some success with getting the repairs and assitanece we all need at this time. The magnitude of the diaster is almost incomprehensible and everyone's last nerve is more than frayed I know. I just got back into my home yesterday, and I think that I am lucky just being out three weeks. The devastation of our town is unbelievable. I have family that won't be back home until next year at this point. I am sure that eventually the cars will be gone, but we all must show understanding and compasion at this time for each other, it is early in the process of recovery in regard to the enmormous problem the city faces.
wikyjalo November 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
To David Katof: Your insurance company is responsible for towing your car if they total it. We are still waiting for Geico to pick up one of our but I had South Shore Collision tow mine. They get paid by the insurance co to tow. It is not the responsibility of the city. If you have no insurance it is YOUR responsibility. If the cars you are complaining about are your neighbors, get on them to call and get it done but be aware they may be waiting for the insurance co. If it is your car get on the phone and get it removed. The insurance companies are overwhelmed and trying to get tow trucks from out of state up here to tow.
david katof November 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM
to misty, i was not whining.. i just know that many people have been satisfied by their insurance companies and their old car is still on the street. i had my car towed away first and the insurance company went to the tower to see the car. it was my responsibility to get my car off the street. my tower dealt with the insurance copany. we help the city of long beach by getting our cars out of the way so garbage can be picked up and other important work can be done.
anna November 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The cars are an impediment to cleanup and the insurance companies need to pick up the pace. My car has been appraised (totaled) but it still sits in front of someone else's house on a block I was told was the highest point in town, and I feel really bad about it. If it is still there next week I will call my insurance company and tell them I am arranging for it to be towed away and they can reimburse me
Maria Milillo November 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
How can I post a photo of the Nickerson Beach travisty?


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