Governor George Fergusson has written to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to “express solidarity and best wishes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” Government House said today.
Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, killing dozens of people and causing billions of dollars in damage. About 6.5 million homes and businesses were still without power this morning news reports said, including 4 million in New York and New Jersey. Electricity was out as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as the Carolinas.
The Coast Guard released a video of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
NYDailyNews reports that: “The dead included a heroic city cop who drowned inside a flooded Staten Island basement after rescuing his girlfriend, infant and father; a dog-walker and her friend killed by a tree that fell in Brooklyn; a Manhattan woman who died when a power outage cut off her oxygen supply; and a man killed when a downtown mini-tsunami whipped across lower Manhattan and slammed him through a glass door.”
“We will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times — by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, ready to help a neighbor, comfort a stranger and get the city we love back on its feet,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.