Hurricane Sandy

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for future ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, central New York and other locales that experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on the steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.

While parts of central and northern New York continue to rebuild following last month's massive flooding, Sen. Charles Schumer says there may be a reason the region is still waiting for federal disaster aid approval.

Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was not overly optimistic that Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Funds will come through. Schumer said the amount of damage in the state is still being tallied.

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Onondaga County emergency professionals want to prepare central New York for a potential disaster.  First they want to know whether everyday citizens are ready for anything from the storm of the century to an act of terrorism.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap.

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When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message at 1:30 pm Wednesday, he says he plans to pursue a “robust” agenda.

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State message on Wednesday, it will include proposals for greater oversight of New York state’s electric utilities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he intends to propose in his State of the State message several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future.

Cuomo skeptical about House vote on Sandy aid

Jan 3, 2013

After facing intense pressure from both parties for failing to pass a $60 billion federal relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims, Republicans in the House of Representatives now say they will vote on part of the flood insurance program Friday. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has doubts they will follow through.

Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand.

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A report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that sea level increases over the next century will have significant impacts on coastal communities.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon introduce legislation to regulate electioneering activities by some not-for-profits that have become increasingly influential players in funding political campaigns.

A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is taking steps to speed up insurance claims processing after Superstorm Sandy. Cuomo says 360,000 Sandy victims have filed insurance claims for damage to their homes, cars and other property.  And he says insurance companies have not been quick enough to respond.

As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says Hurricane Sandy caused more damage than Hurricane Katrina, and is now asking for $41 billion from the federal government. Cuomo says New York’s congressional delegation has promised the help.

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The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a Moreland Act investigation into the state’s utilities companies, which he says he hopes will result in a complete overhaul of New York’s power distribution system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow residents displace by superstorm Sandy to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site in the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there is concern that the Nor’Easter predicted to hit New York later this week could cause more harm to already storm-damaged areas.

Sandy's aftermath in Breezy Point

Nov 5, 2012

In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we traveled to one of the places hit the hardest by Sandy, the beachfront community of Breezy Point in Queens.

Central New Yorkers are helping the millions of people affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Agencies like the Salvation Army and Church World Service are raising money or collecting donations for storm victims.  Others, like Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers  will go to the areas hardest hit by the storm.

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a helicopter tour of areas devastated from Hurricane Sandy, along with New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.  The governor says the state faces significant challenges to rebuild, and will have to fundamentally rethink New York city’s infrastructure going forward.

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Bob and Allyson Malo were out Tuesday morning walking around their street along Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County checking their neighbor's cottages for damage.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told reporters he spent a “frightening” night monitoring storm devastation in lower Manhattan at a briefing addressing short term repair efforts and long term weather concerns.

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Below is WRVO News' coverage of reaction and response to Superstorm Sandy's impact on our region.

Updated, 6:02 p.m.:

After much preparation, high wind warning, and school closures, Syracuse escaped the brunt of Hurricane Sandy Monday evening, WRVO's Durrie Lawrence reports this evening.

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The winds are starting to die down around central and northern New York, but high winds last night have caused power outages and some schools around the region decided on Monday to close or delay this morning. 

Mercy Flight Central, an upstate medical air service, shut down operations while hurricane Sandy blew over. Due to high wind warnings, they were not able to fly patients.

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As the wind began picking up Monday afternoon in Jefferson County, residents and officials were preparing for the high winds and water along shorelines expected from Hurricane Sandy.

Why some people ignore weather warnings

Oct 29, 2012
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Just like the weather, human beings can be unpredictable.

With memories of overblown predictions regarding Hurricane Irene’s impact on the New York City area last year, some people aren’t taking Sandy that seriously. But this disconnect between forecast data and human behavior can be dangerous.

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Below is WRVO's coverage of the first day of Hurricane Sandy's impact on upstate New York. Later coverage can be found here.

Updated, 9:30 p.m.:

WRVO's Joanna Richards is reporting tonight on preparations being made in the North Country's Jefferson County. Here's an excerpt of her report:

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