Here And Now
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens today to meet with state and local officials and view the ongoing response to Sandy.
She’ll hold two media availabilities:
One at 11:40 a.m. at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan, and another at 2 p.m. with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps. Bob Turner and Jerry Nadler and NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island.
President Obama will deliver remarks at his last grassroots rallies in Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa. He’ll be joined throughout the day by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z.
Mitt Romney will campaign in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire. He’ll be joined by Kid Rock at his final stop.
At 1:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg will be at P.S. 195 Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn to “welcome students back to school” and give his latest storm recovery update.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., NYC clergy will host “the Gathering” – a faith-based roundtable discussion – at Bronx Christian Fellowship Church, 1015 East Gunhill Rd. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. is the special guest. US Senate candidate Wendy Long, whom Diaz has endorsed, will attend.
At 10 a.m. in US District Court in White Plains, (300 Quarropas St.), there will be a hearing on a request for an emergency court order allowing all students of local colleges to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election if they are registered to vote.
Less than 24 hours until the polls open tomorrow (at 6 a.m. in New York), and candidates are frantically dashing around, trying to win over whatever remaining undecided voters might be out there.
The election in the areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy is still a big question mark.
The absentee ballot period was extended, and today is the deadline for voters to either hand in those ballots in person or mail them to their board of elections.
The deadline for absentee ballots to be counted has been extended from seven days to 13 days after Election Day.
The NYC Board of Elections has released a list of alternate polling sites for those that were too damaged and/or don’t have power as a result of the storm.
New Jersey is going even further, allowing residents displaced by the storm to vote by email and fax. (They’re being treated like overseas voters).
The biggest problem areas are in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which were all expected – and still are – to be carried by President Obama in the race for the White House.
But diminished turnout as a result of the storm would reduce Obama’s share of the popular vote.
Elected officials who represent impacted areas (and happen to be running this year) are worried about voter disenfranchisement.
In NYC, most public and Catholic school students are returning to school today. But some will be forced to share space with storm evacuees as their buildings do double duty as shelters.
In some schools, the heat might not be operating. Mayor Bloomberg advised kids to wear extra sweaters.
Students at 57 schools that aren’t able to reopen because they’re too storm damaged won’t be relocated to their new, temporary schools until Wednesday. (All schools will be closed again Tuesday as a result of Election Day).
The UFT estimates 40 to 45 schools were most likely too damaged to reopen by the end of the school year.
The newest, and biggest concern in post-Sandy NYC is housing. Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo likened the crisis to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
EMA director Craig Fugate said 86,000 New York area households have already registered for federal disaster assistance, at a cost of $97 million.
As of 3 p.m. yesterday, 182,000 residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had applied for disaster assistance, and a total of $158 million has been approved.
It could be weeks, or even months, before some water-logged Lower Manhattan buildings are sufficiently rehabbed so residents and employees can return. Businesses big and small have been displaced.
Participants in a 2009 seminar convened by the American Society of Civil Engineers warned a devastating storm surge like the one brought was Sandy was almost inevitable, and proposed ways to counter that.
Ten of the 40 known to have died in New York City lived along a roughly one-and-a-half mile stretch of the Staten Island coastline. Most of the dead were elderly and lived alone.
Generators and much-needed supplies were left in Central Park even though the NYC marathon was cancelled. It’s unclear who’s to blame.
Burglaries surged in the wake of the storm, but big crimes like murder are down.
Nearly 150,000 residents in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties remain without power.
Thanks to Sandy, “I think that the final outcome for the Senate is very much an open question,” said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.
Former Gov. George Pataki called on Neil Di Carlo (a conservative candidate challenging GOP Sen. Steve Saland) to denounce comments made by an Orthodox rabbi that Sandy was “divine justice” and in response to the legalization of gay marriage.
Pataki is campaigning in the North Country (he owns a home in Essex County) with GOP NY-21 candidate Matt Doheny. He’ll also attend an election eve rally in Kingston with NY-19 Rep. Chris Gibson.
A Maryland minister said Sandy struck “proud” NYC after Bloomberg gave $250,000 to support marriage equality in his state.
It’s all about GOTV in NY-27, where Rep. Kathy Hochul and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins are locked in a tight race. (Subscription).
Despite the storm, the possibility of a legislative pay raise is still being discussed as a possibility at a post-election special session.
Former President Clinton has given his voice in service to Obama. He’s practically mute after campaigning non-stop over the past several days.
Win or lose, this campaign has been a series of “lasts” for Obama.
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