Special Hurricane Sandy Edition from Sullivan County & Catskill Mountain e-News 11/02/12


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The Latest Sullivan County eNews: 



Gas-buying frenzy hits the region

“As the word spread Thursday of the difficulty that oil companies were having in delivering gasoline to service stations, panic set in from New Jersey to New York City and up into the Hudson Valley. By late afternoon, vehicles were lined up for blocks in the region, waiting to buy the “liquid gold.” Compounding the problem was the continued major power outage with people buying generators in record numbers, adding to the demand at the pumps.

Related: Gas stations stormed by people desperate for fuel

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Hot Showers in Sullivan County

With much of Sullivan County still without power and looking at another few days of power outages, warm shelter and hot showers are becoming more critical. Sullivan County radio station WJFF announced on Facebook Thursday afternoon that several local schools are offering hot showers.


Sullivan Cty. Emergency Operations: Hurricane Sandy Update #2

NYSEG and Orange & Rockland Utilities have staff at our Emergency Operations Center.  Utilities trucks are being paired with Public Works crews to attend to opening the remaining County and Town Roads that have trees and wires down. The main issues remain that 27,307 locations remain without power throughout the County, County and Town Roads have hazardous conditions and those without power are in need of dry ice and bottled water..


NYSEG update

NYSEG representatives anticipate the majority of power restoration will take place by midnight on Sunday. NYSEG crews are dispersed throughout Sullivan County repairing the major transmission lines and completing repairs to substations. NYSEG crews have also teamed up with town highway departments to complete the opening of roads for emergency vehicles. Once this phase of repair is completed, restoration to individual homes and business will follow thereafter.


Teams of Duquesne Light utility laborers have come all the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to help. “They told us to prepare for approximately a week to 10 days. But, just based upon my experience, and seeing what we have here, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s every bit of two weeks,” said Lloyd Mullin of Duquesne Light.


While most of Sullivan County is in darkness, the county’s dairy farmers are turning to generators to sustain a fragile industry that can little afford to take a day off. Televisions and computers are a luxury when weighed against the need to keep milking machines powered and supply water to dairy cows. The math is simple: No milk, no income. “The barn is on, the house is not,” dairy farmer Mary Tonjes said. “You have to milk the cows.”


Tuesday we will be exercising one of our most cherished rights,the right to vote. Putting all the campaign rhetoric aside,it is vital we come out to vote not only to help elect those whom we feel will best represent us,but also to make a noble statement as to what it means to be able to vote. Sadly,only a small portion of those eligible to vote are actually registered,and of them,an even smaller amount vote.

Related: The power is ours.


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Help the Sullivan Cty SPCA after Hurricane Sandy

Amanda Goldsmith: Posting on behalf of a friend: To All Animal Lovers Out There, this is from Linda from the Sullivan County SPCA: they are in DESPERATE need of Blankets. They have been without power since MONDAY, which means no heat, and even worse – NO WATER!!! If anyone out there has a generator they can BORROW for a few days – ‘I’ve been told it must be a 4-prong, 240 plug. The dogs and cats are very cold and scared. We have 20 babies at present, also. PLEASE SHARE!!!

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Recent New York State eNews & Views:

Cuomo: “Check on your neighbor”

Governor Andrew Cuomo is organizing teams from the state government to help New Yorkers with severe property damage figure out a way to get back on their feet. Those teams will be available by phone on Friday, and will be visiting the most damaged area of New York beginning next week.


Governor tells utilities he will hold them accountable

Governor Cuomo on Thursday wrote to the presidents of all of New York’s utility companies, including those serving the Hudson Valley and Catskills telling them the buck stops at their desks in terms of system restorations following the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.


Communities throughout the Catskills and commuters who ride the rails to New York City are seeing a slow return to normalcy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update.


With the appointment of Cornell President David Skorton to head a new board that is intended to steer the troubled New York Racing Association into calmer waters, Gov. Cuomo has a chance to reform the shameful manner in which racehorses are treated right here in New York City.

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