Here And Now (Updated)
UPDATE: The jobs numbers for October are out.
The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent – up one tenth of one percent from the revised 7.8 rate percent last month. The economy added 171,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Let the spinning begin!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is presumably still in New York City. No public schedule for him as of yet, but his days have been fluid – not to mention jam-packed – in the aftermath of Sandy.
Mayor Bloomberg is scheduled to hold his latest Sandy recovery update press conference at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Room at City Hall.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino will view storm damage on Staten Island today.
Next week’s nor’easter (which, for the record, would be “much less extreme” than Sandy, according to forecasters) could hit on…Election Day.
The economic impact of Sandy is estimated at $50 billion, and the storm could shave half a percentage point off the nation’s economic growth in this quarter.
As of 6 a.m., 1.359 million New Yorkers were still without power, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Twitter feed, which storm victims are using to try to directly appeal to him for help.
After four days without power, people are losing patience, with many feeling like they’re being overlooked during the recovery effort.
A new and significant post-storm recovery problem in both New York and New Jersey: Gas shortages.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano issued an executive order rationing gasoline to 10 gallons per customer.
According to figures from AAA, of the gas stations it monitors, roughly 60 percent of stations in New Jersey and 70 percent on Long Island were closed.
In a rare airlift, the Defense Department is flying 17 aircraft from California to New York loaded with power generation equipment and crews to help restore electricity to the millions of homes and businesses.
In the mid-Hudson Valley, where thousands are still without power, crews plan to work through the weekend and hope to have the lights on by Sunday.
The power haves and have-notes in NYC. The dividing line is around 40th Street in Manhattan.
According to Sen. Chuck Schumer, FEMA has indicated it will pay for the total initial costs of restoring power to New Yorkers and immediate transportation costs. The agency has $7 billion in its coffers at the moment.
Bloomberg insists holding the NYC marathon on Sunday as scheduled won’t divert resources from storm recovery.
While millions still in the dark, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park to support a media tent for the marathon.
Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, a 2013 NYC mayoral hopeful, issued a statement today calling for the marathon to be postponed and re-scheduled, saying: “We will come back stronger than ever – but only then can the marathon be an event that all New Yorkers can celebrate.”
Other mayoral contenders weigh in: NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and NYC Comptroller John Liu agree with Bloomberg that the race should be held. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson thinks it should be called off. No word yet from NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn.
Frivolous aside: Oh, the indignity of bad marathon photos.
Most of Lower Manhattan should have power tomorrow, according to ConEd, but “vast majority” those in the outer boroughs and Westchester won’t have electricity until Nov. 10, and some others may have to wait an additional week fore the lights go back on.
The lack of power is holding up the restoration of some subway service.
The heads of the state Legislature’s education committees expect to alleviate schools’ requirement to have classes for 180 days because of Sandy.
Social media is playing a big role in this storm.
Meet the pumps (AKA “dewatering solutions”) that are drying out NYC.
Ben Smith parses Bloomberg’s last-minute endorsement of President Obama, which is really more about setting Bloomberg up for his “next act” than an attempt to actually move voters.
The NY Post says it’s wrong to blame Sandy on global warming, as Bloomberg has done.
VP Joe Biden saw Bloomberg’s endorsement as a call for unity.
The NY Post praises NJ Gov. Chris Christie for being “a politician who wears his heart on his sleeve while giving not a tinker’s damn what people think about it.”
As the state extended the absentee ballot deadline to accommodate storm victims, good government advocates pushed for “no excuse” absentee balloting.
As Election Day nears and the NY-19 race tightens, Rep. Chris Gibson and his Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, are fighting over whether the congressman is pro-choice or pro-life.
Here’s a headline most candidates would probably prefer to avoid.
Another Rep. Kathy Hochul ad targets her GOP opponent, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, on his “100 percent pro-life stance.” (Subscription).
The NYT criticizes Assemblyman/state Senate candidate George Amedore for accepting a $2,000 “ghost” contribution from the still-living campaign committee of the late Sen. Ron Stafford, even though Amedore has said he’s returning the cash.
The Journal News endorsed Democratic Assemblyman George Latimer in the tightly contested 37th SD race, but says he has some “explaining to do” – albeit less than his GOP opponent, Bob Cohen.
The paper also endorsed Democrat Justin Wagner over GOP Sen. Greg Ball in the 40th SD, saying the senator employed “Nixon-esque” tricks to send voters to his “Wacky Wagner” website.
Wagner unveiled support from former President Clinton in a campaign mailer.
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest David is under fire for attending homecoming weekend at his alma mater in North Carolina while the people of his city were trying to cope with the most powerful storm to hit the region in decades.
In the presidential race, the Syracuse Post-Standard declines to pick between “an uninspiring incumbent and a shape-shifting challenger.”
Sen. Mark Grisanti admits he filed for personal bankruptcy in 2005 – five years before he was elected to the Senate. (Subscription).
The Poughkeepsie Journal endorsed Sean Patrick Maloney in NY-18, saying the Democrat’s approach “would be better for the district” than GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth’s.
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