Below are the latest updates on the recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. Please note that the Zone A Evacuation Order is still in effect and Department of Buildingâ€™s Rapid Assessment team is inspecting all buildings in that zone. The City is still evaluating whether to activate the Corporate Emergency Access System but should be deciding shortly. Schools will be closed tomorrow and Friday.
The restoration of power and mass transit remain top priorities. It is also important for us to have good information so that we can communicate it to government officials as quickly as possible. Your assistance in this regard would be most appreciated.
REBNY Information Requests: If you have information on any of the following, please email Angela Pinsky and Shannon Fales.
We are still collecting information on buildings that are experiencing problems due to the storm. Please send addresses, the issues you have, and any needs for equipment.
If you have temporary space that you can make available to displaced tenants, let us know about the space you have, a contact person, and how best to reach him/her.
If you need temporary office space, we are helping to connect displaced tenants with spaces.
If you have access to pumps and generators or if you need them, please let us know.
Verizonâ€™s Broad Street Central office is still out of service. Their West Street office is back up and running. They are working to restore wireless and data service in lower Manhattan.
Con Edison reports that all Manhattan and Brooklyn underground networks should be restored by Friday or Saturday. Above ground networks in Staten Island and Westchester will not be restored for at least a week.
Additional Water Services: DEP is setting up water-on-the-go stations for buildings experiencing a disruption in their water service in the following areas:
23rd and 8th Ave
23rd and 2nd Ave
14th and 8th Ave
Houston and 6th Ave
Canal and Centre St
Monroe Street (already set-up)
Mass Transit Update:
The Mayor has announced that the East River crossings, including the Midtown Tunnel, will be restricted to three or more passengers and Governor Cuomo has placed the same restrictions on the RFK Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, and the Henry Hudson Bridge. This only applies to cars traveling into Manhattan.
As of 2pm today, Metro North will be restoring limited service on the Harlem line between North White Plains and Grand Central Terminal.
The LIRR is running limited service between Jamaica and Atlantic Avenue
Beginning Thursday morning, there will be limited subway service supplemented by a bus shuttle between Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown. There will be no subway service between 34th Street and Downtown Brooklyn.
Buses are as close to weekday schedule as possible and are still free.
Access-a-Ride is up and running.
The Staten Island Ferry service is still suspended. The Ferry Terminal has significant damage to wiring and they do not expect to be up and running again by Sunday.
Small Business Disaster Assistance:
The Mayor has announced a program to help businesses recover. More details are available about the financial assistance that is available can be found here.
The Economic Development Corporation also has 40,000 sf of space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that is available to displaced businesses. To get access to that space, please visit their request page.
Senator Schumer has been working to make a number of emergency programs from the US Small Business Administration available. For questions, you can contact the SBA Hotline at 1-800-659-2955 or the Senatorâ€™s Office at 212-486-7804.
The application filing deadline for Physical Damage is December 31, 2012 and for Economic Injury is July 31, 2013.
Below are the types of Disaster Loans that are available:
Home Disaster Loans â€“ Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.
Business Physical Disaster Loans â€“ Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) â€“ Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
For further updates, please visit:http://mta.info/http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/home/home.shtml
Please contact the Real Estate Industry desk at the Mayorâ€™s Office of Emergency Management at the OEM desk (718) 422-8830 if you are experiencing issues.www.jacksonheightslistings.com