As the Tri-State Area continues its shaky recovery from the damage wreaked by Sandy, signs of recovery are offset by reminders of the extent of damage caused by the super storm.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that gas rationing will end at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but it will continue across the Hudson as New York City officials try to determine a time frame.
Meanwhile, Andrew Cuomo announced that he will ask the federal government for $30 billion to repair the extensive storm damage to New York City and Long Island. FEMA historically reimburses 75 percent of out-of-pocket expenses to the state and local government.
In some cases the government has contributed more -- FEMA covered 90 percent of repair costs during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“I’ve asked for 100 percent reimbursement,” Cuomo said. “The damage here is much more severe than just the out of pocket expense.”
As bus, subway and rail service shakily return to normal schedules, some lines are not close to repair. PATH service resumed last week between Journal Square and 33rd St. in Manhattan on a limited schedule, but hard-hit areas like Hoboken, NJ, are still in rough shape. Port Authority officials announced Sunday that PATH service to Hoboken and Lower Manhattan won’t be restored for “several weeks”.
The Port Authority announced monday that limited PATH service will be restored at the 9th St. stop -- from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. trains will stop for exit only, and for both entry and exit between 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The Hugh Carey Tunnel, better known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, opened partially Monday morning. One lane was opened solely for express buses heading into Manhattan during the morning, and outbound buses will be running between three and seven p.m. Sandy flooded the tunnel with 43 million gallons of water.
While the lights are back on for many, some 16,000 in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are still without electricity, according to Con Edison. Many without power live in heavily impacted areas where utility crews have deemed it dangerous to restore power, or are have yet to perform an inspection.