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'Sandy' Aftermath: The Latest from New Jersey and New York

By: AP
By: AP

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- More than 1 million New Jersey customers are still without power after Superstorm Sandy and many of them may not have service restored until Wednesday.
Fuel shortages are also a serious problem and there have been long lines at gas stations.
Gov. Chris Christie has ordered a rationing system for 12 counties in the northern part of the state. Christie says he hopes it will be in effect for no more than a few days.
The storm is blamed for 23 deaths in New Jersey.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to visit the state Sunday.
A few more steps toward normalcy were taken Saturday. New Jersey Transit says it will have more rail service restored in time for the workweek to start, most bus service has been restored, and about half the state's school districts report they will reopen Monday.
Christie also says Election Day will go on as planned. If a polling place has no power, he says votes will be cast on a military truck "old school with a paper ballot." He also has announced that New Jerseyans would be able to vote by email or fax.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The lights are back on in lower Manhattan and that prompted screams of sweet relief from residents who'd been plunged into darkness for nearly five days by the superstorm. But their joy contrasts with deepening resentment in the city's outer boroughs and suburbs over a continued lack of power and maddening gas shortages.
Adding to the misery of those lacking power, heat or gasoline: dipping temperatures. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging older residents without heat to move to shelters, and says 25,000 blankets are being distributed across the city.
Bloomberg says that fully resolving the shortages at gas stations could take a few days.
Long lines of vehicles and pedestrians formed after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the U.S. Department of Defense was opening the mobile fuel stations in New York City and on suburban Long Island.
The government then asked the public to stay away from the locations until emergency responders get their gas.
National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg said Saturday afternoon that people who were already at the distribution sites would not be turned away.

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City and nearby counties hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have been approved for expanded federal aid for roads, public buildings and parks.
New York officials say the areas initially approved for federal disaster assistance funding have now been approved for additional aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. New York City is eligible for the funding along with Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties north of the city.
The areas are now eligible for federal reimbursement for road systems, water control facilities, public buildings, public utilities, and parks.

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's mayor says the dangling boom of a midtown Manhattan crane damaged in the storm is tethered to the luxury high-rise building.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday that officials hope to open 57th Street on Saturday night.
The crane boom collapsed during Superstorm Sandy this week, likely because of heavy winds.
Engineers climbed the 74-story building in the midst of the storm to inspect the crane.
Some neighboring buildings were evacuated, including a hotel with 900 guests.

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City schoolchildren are preparing to go back to the classroom on Monday, a week after Superstorm Sandy barreled into the city and the region.
But there are many challenges involved in restarting the nation's largest school district, with 1.1 million students.
Many residents in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island and other neighborhoods still are without power Saturday. Others lost their homes altogether and are still cleaning up debris.
Some city schools are being used as shelters. And with gasoline scarce and public transportation crippled, many teachers and students will have a hard time getting to school. About 80 percent of the city's subway service has been restored.
Yet school officials say most of the city's 1,700 public schools will open on Monday. Fifty-seven schools with flooding or structural damage will remain closed.


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