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Still In The Dark, Storm, Election Coming

November 5, 2012

Still In The Dark With Storm, Election Coming

With thousands of Rockaway residents still in the dark, freezing and awaiting an impending Wednesday Nor’easter, work continues to bring both power and heat to a devastated peninsula.

On Sunday, the U.S. Navy landed 29 sailors and officers, along with several LARC vehicles and the swabbies quickly started to help local residents dewater their homes. They became very popular with locals, who often cheered when they appeared and started to pump water from homes and basements.

Another visitor was not cheered. On Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Rockaway for an unannounced visit and was roundly booed and chastised by residents such as John Cori and Brian Heffernan.

“When are we going to get some f_____ken help?” one woman yelled in his face before she was led away by the mayor’s security detail.

Bloomberg told a Channel1 News team that happened to be on Beach 116 Street the same time as the mayor, “I spoke to many people who are worried, frustrated and cold. There’s no power and the temperatures are going down. Even those who have generators are having trouble getting fuel.”

He blamed LIPA for “not being aggressive enough,” and not having sufficient resources on the peninsula. He added that it could be 10 days to two weeks before electricity is returned to the peninsula and that 25,000 blankets were being sent to Rockaway.

Food pantries have opened all over the peninsula, with large operations being run a St. Francis de Salles Church in Belle Harbor and at other public housing units and churches.

There, residents can get such basics as food, clothing, water and blankets.

All of the peninsula’s mail is being held at the Far Rockaway Post Office on Mott Avenue and residents with the proper identification can pick up their mail there at specified hours.

Medical centers staffed with doctors and pharmacists will be available at Redfern Houses Playground, Waldbaum’s Parking Lot (Beach 112 Street), Fort Tilden  and St. Francis de Salles.

With the Presidential election on Tuesday, many polling sites have been changed.

Moving to Far Rockaway High School are the polls from PS 215, Brookdale Village, Beach 41 Street Community Center, Ocean Village and the Dayton compexes.

Moving to MS 53 on Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway are the polls from Young Israel, Redfern, Sand Castle, and Ocean Park.

Moving to Scholars’ Academy on Beach 104 Street are the polls at PS 114, the Peninsula Library and the Seaside Library.

Keep watching The Wave’s website for updates while we retool our office to get back to business as soon as electricity and heat return.

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