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Credit: Jeanine Ricioppo Herbst
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From the City of Long Beach on Thursday: "We have made great strides since the storm pummeled our City two and a half weeks ago. Power has been restored to almost all, we restored safe and clean drinking water, and our sewer system is back up and running. While we remain in a state of emergency, enforce a curfew, and maintain an aggressive police presence to ensure residents’ safety, we have joined with County Executive Mangano to lift the mandatory evacuation order. Help is here in force - extraordinary assistance, resources, & personnel continue to pour in from around the nation."

City Hall
  • Long Beach City Hall (516-431-1000) is open for normal everyday business (e.g., bill payments, licensing).
  • All disaster-related issues should be brought to one of our temporary distribution centers throughout the City.
  • Residents can file claims at fema.gov or at the shelter at Nassau Community College.
  • FEMA registration intake available for individuals and small businesses at Ice Arena 7 days a week from 9-5.
  • You can contact the NCC FEMA representatives at 770-216-3335 or 1-800-621-3362. 
  • Document all of your damage (e.g., take photographs, save receipts).
  • A trailer with representatives is at the Waldbaum’s Plaza to provide information and assistance.
Damage Assessment
How You Can Help
  • To volunteer, call 516-301-0932. Donations are being accepted at the Ice Arena. Items needed include blankets, diapers (all sizes), wipes, children’s shoes, paper towels, toilet paper, batteries, socks, hats, gloves and shopping bags.
  • Bring food and water donations to East and West Schools and Waldbaum’s Plaza. Financial Donations can be sent to: City of Long Beach Relief; 1 West Chester St.; Long Beach, NY 11561
Damage Assessment & Repairs
  • Contractors, licensed by any entity, will be permitted to work in LB; make sure repairs follow City zoning codes.  
  • Beware of UNLICENSED contractors and SCAMS; make sure to obtain a copy of your contractor’s insurance.  Feel free to contact the Building Department
Water & Sewer
  • Water has been approved safe to use and drink by Nassau Health Dept. Residents, health care facilities, commercial buildings, apartment buildings, must flush out faucets for 10-15 minutes before drinking or using the water for the first time.
Post Office
  • Mail is being delivered to almost all postal routes; if your mail is not being delivered, call 228-7502 for more information.
  • Long Beach City Schools returned  Nov. 13 for a partial opening. Call 897-2000 or visit lbeach.org for information.
  • School is open at Lindell School, East School, & LB High School;
    visit lbeach.org (find a web buddy if you do not have access to the internet) or call 897-2000; the district will be operating a transportation command center.
  • Youth and Family Services early morning and after-school child care programs have resumed at Lindell School (Lido/Lindell students) and East School (West/East students); the entire first floor of the Senior Community Center will be undergoing restoration; we will provide a modified program once work has been completed and utilities reinstated; contact 456-9902 for more information.
Electronic Devices
  • Verizon has established a station in Kennedy Plaza where you can charge your electronic devices, make free short phone calls anywhere in the world, and access the Internet.
  • T-Mobile cell phone access in the central downtown of Long Beach has been restored.
  • A warming and charging station is located at the LIRR; the station will be manned from 9am-2pm.
Power & Gas
  • LIPA has restored power to nearly all Long Beach homes that are safe to energize; if your home has not been energized and you believe it should be, please call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075. 
  • Representatives from National Grid are going door to door providing gas restoration info.
  • City buses & para-transit buses are operating on their regular routes twice every hour.
  • NICE buses are providing transportation to shelters from depot for hot showers from 8am-3pm; must bring own towels.
  • LIRR is running limited weekday train service to and from Long Beach; from 4:58AM to 8:59pm, taking passengers to Lynbrook where they will be transferred to electric cars; service will not be available on weekends or holidays, including Thanksgiving; visit www.mta.org/lirr or the train station for schedules and information.
  • The top tier of the LIRR parking garage is open for commuters.
Public Safety
  • The evacuation order has been lifted, and the curfew has been relaxed, so please feel free to visit our local shops and restaurants as they are rebuilding also.
  • Keep your generators at least 25 feet away from homes to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.
  • LBFD needs residents to conserve energy (use generators/dishwashers sparingly) as it may overload poles and start fires.
  • A warming and charging station is located at the LIRR; the station will be manned from 9am-2pm.
  • LBPD has completed thousands of checks and are patrolling City constantly in non-LBPD vehicles; LBPD vehicles were damaged in the storm.
  • Please remove car batteries from damaged vehicles to prevent car fires.
  • All non-profits must fill out a FEMA request for public assistance from; please contact Nassau County OEM at 573-0636.
  • The LBFD has established a medical infirmary, traiging patients in the back of the bus dept.
Medical Services
  • The City has secured a federally staffed temporary hospital (DMAT – Disaster Medical Assistance Team) located at the Rec Baseball Field and is a full-service emergency department; call 911 for emergencies; the DMAT has seen more than 1,000 patients, including many recovery related injuries and illnesses so please be careful.  
  • The Red Cross will be providing mental health counselors for hurricane victims at the DMAT.
  • The Long Beach Lawyers Association; visit longbeach-lawyers.org for information concerning all disaster recovery legal matters.
City court has re-opened.

  • Mitchel Field shelter is still accepting pets.
  • LB Animal Shelter is conducting a search and rescue of pets: please contact 516-941-5345 or 516-410-8029.
Food/Water/Clothing Distribution
  • Donated food, water, clothing, and household item distribution is at the Ice Arena.
  • This weekend they had: 40 City sanitation vehicles, 37 knuckle boom trucks, 10 dump trucks & 2 payloaders from North Hempstead, 12 garbage trucks from Huntington, 5 garbage trucks, 4 dump trucks, 1 backhoe and 1 payloader from Glen Cove
  • Crews are picking up debris, bagged and bulk items 7 days a week; leave trash at curb
  • Do not block hydrants
  • You MUST separate your debris and trash into the following groups: 1) raw bagged garbage and bagged household trash, 2) construction and demolition material (e.g., drywall, carpeting), 3) paint, 4) hazardous chemicals, 5) electronics (e.g., TVs, radios), & 6) appliances (e.g., washers, dryers, refrigerators)
  • Park vehicles so they are not blocking roadway or debris piles; this drastically improves clean-up effort and response time.
  • Garbage has been picked up everywhere at least once since the storm. The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect, and residents should not be here putting out garbage. We are bringing out every truck possible from across the region to assist in our cleanup efforts.
  • The City is working to clear the streets block by block. They are clearing over 10,000 yards of debris from our streets each day, and are working to increase that amount by adding additional resources. The City estimates they will have to clear over 300,000 yards of material as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The City has removed nearly 100,000 yards of bulk material from the City in just two weeks. The City has also removed more than 4,000 yards of trees & vegetative debris, well over 2,000 tons of regular garbage, and over 1,000 yards of appliances.  
  • They are adding additional equipment today to target the narrow streets, as well as additional vendors to supplement the City trucks and outside vendors already brought in.
  • Once your street has been cleared of debris, we will moving to address other streets and will return to your block only for normal sanitation. Any additional Construction and Demolition debris (C&D) put out at the curb will have to be handled by your contractor. As per FEMA, C&D is reimbursable by insurance and not City.
  • The city has nothing to do with cars being towed. That is between the car owner and the insurance company, so people need to call their insurance companies.
  • Abandoned vehicles making certain roads impassable for both clean up and emergency response vehicles.
  • Vehicles impeding recovery operations will be towed to Lido West in the Town of Hempstead.
  • Bank of America has a kiosk open;
  • Emigrant Bank is open 8-3 on weekdays & 9-1 on weekend
  • Citibank will be opening shortly.
Sand being placed in piles from the street to  front of entrances to the beach and the boardwalk. The sand is there for a reason. The city does not want anyone on the beach and the boardwalk is unsafe.


This story was last updated at 1:07 p.m. on Nov. 21.

juan sinnreich November 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM
everyone should realize that there was no way to prepare for this type of devastation our elected officials are doing the best they can and if you are not happy vote them out next election or move out inland maybe the bronx
Hamburger November 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Jenna? Jenna Goldberg?
LBLover November 19, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Judy R... did you prepare? Stop complaining and be happy you don't live on the NJ coast where they still don't have power, water or sewage. At least our fine city was able to get a completely submerged over 6ft water/sewage plant up and running. Other nearby communities are just dumping raw sewage into the bay.
The real bear November 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
When will lirr run direct to penn station?
Judy R November 19, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I never drink kool aid.
wikyjalo November 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
We had our garbage picked up Friday by the claw. The men that came said they could pick up our stuff because we didn't have any cars or trees planted that would block the claw truck. Only a few houses on our block were cleaned as a result. Insurance companies are very slow in removing cars after they are inspected which causes a problem.
Donna Doyle Farrell November 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I will say that two and half weeks later the city of Long Beach is working hard to restore and rebuild. My problem is that in this article they state that everyone has had garbage picked up at least once from every home. Not true.!!!! I am on Washington Blvd., north of Park, and we still have debris that was put on the curb only three days after the storm. We have not seen a sanitation truck yet!
Nancy November 20, 2012 at 08:23 AM
The problem is they are not documenting where they picked up, the drivers should have a log on each truck..but that would be too easy..my block has only seen garbage trucks drive down the block only to tell me they are full.
Hamburger November 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
when can i put out recycling (jk)
AK November 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
which restaurants are open in LB?
V. P. R. November 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
i live on the 300 Block of West Hudson and it was 18 days before they picked any garbage! And when they did pick up--they left half of it !! I work in Rockaway and NYC Sanitation are doing an outstanding job! Rockaway is cleaner thenLong Beach Our area 300 blocks between Laurelton & Lafeyette all the way down to the bay is a horror show What a mess !
Eddie November 22, 2012 at 06:43 AM
City Hall should read their updates before publishing them. The Sanitation section states the curfew is still in effect...
Linda Marie Leone-Ricioppo November 22, 2012 at 09:30 AM
If a car is abandoned who is responsible? My daughter has a mountain of garbage in front of her house because an abandoned car is park so the truck can not get near her house. She pays taxes and has 2 kids she called traffic no can do they tell her.If rats start coming then what.Georgia you can tell what house the one with the garbage.
Nancy November 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Linda has the car been tagged to be picked up by the ins company...if so it is the responsibility of that company to remove the car..I am dealing with the same problem and it's my 3 cars that have not been removed yet, tagged since the 10th..I am fighting with them every day to come and they keep telling me I'm on a waiting list. As of this past Saturday I was told 5-8 more days and I'm sure they mean business days. I have not put my own garbage out b/c they have not removed all my neighbors stuff yet..it's a never ending nightmare all over Long Beach!!! Good Luck to your daughter, hopefully they will get to her soon.
Jeanine Ricioppo Herbst November 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
His car is not marked by the Ins. co., he just left it and went to Vermont. He knows about it because I texted him and he obviously doesnt care because he still isnt back to fix the problem. What also bothers me is that the city should take the cars before the cleanup, no? I have lived here my whole life so I am not surprised.
Rachel November 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The owner is responsible for the car!!! You cannot expect that of the city. I the city tows it rhey need to bill the owner whuch you can find thru the vin #
Jeanine Ricioppo Herbst November 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The city of LB said they were towing cars that were left so the claw can pick up garbage and that is why I called the city. I know the owners are responsible!
Tom O November 23, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Who are the people that accept or even defends the city's response to this storm? How bad must it be before you get upset? Are Those that write "move inland" or "move to the Bronx" or "you have it better than those that still don't have power," serious? Why should those who pay taxes, rent and/or a mortgage to live in LB not be critical of a city government that is apathetic to the countless inquiries to the removal of debris from the front of their homes and the air quality of their town? Must anyone with a legitimate grievance be expected to move when they don't tow the line for the city government they fund?
Pete November 23, 2012 at 08:15 AM
A few days ago my block was cleared of debris. However, as residents who had evacuated return and clean out their homes piles of rubble again appear. Also, as we clean more and repair damage to our home more piles of trash accumulate on the street. Will the city again make a bulk pick up of trash like the first time or will it be a little at a time or not at all?
Alison D. Gilbert November 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I have written a Hurricane Sandy blog post for people who need help and for those who can give help. It is updated at least once daily with new information in the comments section. Please feel free to add to it. It will stay live as long as there is a need to receive and a desire to give. Thank you. http://digitalethos.org/social-media-and-hurricane-sandy/
jm November 24, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Long Beach residents need to take the town back, from those politicians who "profess" to help its tax paying residents. We need to demand our wants and needs, show up at council meetings, and maybe have a "million man march" on city hall, to show the big whigs, WE MEAN BUSINESS. Unless this is done, the elected and non-elected officials will continue to boss its residents around, unless they get "paid". These guys really need to GET OUT OF TOWN!
queenskid November 24, 2012 at 08:07 AM
It always amazes me that politicians forget that they work for us, we don't work for them - that's why they are called public servants. They are put into office to make life easier for us, not more difficult and more expensive. We need to go to the city council meetings and watch what they do and hold them accountable for their actions and spending. By the way, does anyone know why we lost electricity last night?
queenskid November 24, 2012 at 08:09 AM
I wonder if we are still going to get that 51% tax hike. Do you think that some people are going to take their money and run out of this town to a town that does not tax like Long Beach.
delete me November 24, 2012 at 09:07 AM
^ The door is always open for anyone to leave. Don't let it hit your ass on the way out.
Publius November 24, 2012 at 09:30 AM
The City was devastated but it is coming around. I've not found the City "apathetic", but to the contrary. However, I'm sure given the scope of the damage and the issues, responses, action plans, etc., have not been perfect. But for those who come on here to bash the City, I'm sorry, but by and large, the facts show that LB, as a whole, given its level of devastation, was getting more services, getting help and getting up faster than many other communities. The facts are what the facts are. I went many times through our neighboring towns, plus parts of Queens and Brooklyn, Massapequa and Freeport. I was not there but heard SI and parts of NJ are far worse and were getting less help. With the benefit of that viewing I was thankful for what we got. You don't have to be. But I think our efforts (us residents) will be far better spent contacting State and Federal officials and pressing them to get $$$ into LB for rebuilding our Boardwalk and sewer and water infrastructure and any other infrastructure damaged by the storm. As for our taxes and the hike -- that is a function of our existing cost structure. Our existing cost structure of salary and benefits and retiree payments (pension, medical and comp time payouts) is what has the City in a hole and that hole will continue to grow without adjustment. Go to City hall and press on those issues. The City made a mistake when it went for the State help to ease the tax hike, because that enabled the City to let up on the labor front because it thought it had the State assistance. So when Skelos yanked the rug out, we, the residents, got the short end of the stick in every way. The City of San Bernadino CA is a cautionary tale worth studying. Google "From suburb to basket case: How California city traveled road to ruin" (Nov 14).
Maria Milillo November 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
All this garbage is being dumped at Nickerson Beach, its not gone!!!
Eddie November 25, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Think the folks parking at Nickerson Beach next summer will get any flat tires?
delete me November 28, 2012 at 06:23 AM
^ It's not staying at NIckerson beach, duh.
Rachel November 28, 2012 at 09:20 AM
If you watch what they r doing you will see they have to sort the piles of garbage . They cant dump the insulation and sheet rock with the washers n refridgeraters and reg garbage. When we the homeowners started ripping our houses it was almiost impossible to pile everything seperate. I will give the city a chance to get it under control before starting to critisize and point fingers. Yes it is mostly Ling Beach Garbage but the entire area including point lookout n lido also had this kind of garbage that needed to be picked up.
Rachel November 28, 2012 at 09:21 AM
We all need to support each other thru this!


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