Sustainable Long Island
November 2012  
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Hurricane Sandy
Board of Directors

Ruth Negr
n-Gaines: President
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Kevin McDonald: Vice President

The Nature Conservancy   
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Charlotte Biblow, Esq: Secretary

Farrell Fritz, P.C.
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Lauren Furst: Treasurer   

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Russ Albanese

Albanese Organization Inc.
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Lennard Axinn

Island Estates   

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Robert Bernard

Capital One Bank 

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Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
SUNY College at Old Westbury    

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Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

Farmingdale State College, State University of New York 

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Pat Edwards

Citi Community Development     
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Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation   

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Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System

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Mitchell H. Pally

Long Island Builders Institute

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Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute

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Hurricane Sandy 

Long Island will Rethink. Rebuild. Renew.
 

As Long Island and the rest of the region work to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Sustainable Long Island wishes to send out our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for strength, comfort, and hope to Long Islanders and all of those impacted by the storm.   

  

In the short-term, Sustainable Long Island will be working with our community partners in areas affected by the storm, providing assistance in any way we can. We have always worked to bring people together across diverse communities and will continue to connect communities in need with crucial resources during this critical time.   

  

Below are some important resources that we hope you will find helpful during this time of recovery:

  • Shelters: for those who are unable to return home, states, tribes, localities and the Red Cross continue to operate emergency shelters along the East Coast.
    • Visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets.
    • To search for shelters via text message, text: SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). For example: Shelter 01234 (Standard rates apply).
  • LIPA Storm Center: Power Outage information and Storm Cleanup progress.
    • Restoration work continues around the clock, seven days a week, with over 11,000 workers dedicated to this effort. This includes more than 7,000 linemen and tree trim crews from all over the country, some of whom have been airlifted in by the National Guard. Additional assistance continues to arrive.

    • Power to tens of thousands of customers is being restored daily and LIPA is on schedule to restore power for 90% of all customers by Wednesday, November 7th.

  • Gasoline shortage throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Click through to view a list of open Gas Stations across Long Island.
  • Additional Resources and Assistance via Newsday.
    • Including information on shelters, pet-shelters, comfort, curfew, power, donations, transportation, water, and much more.   

 

In the long-term, Sustainable Long Island will work with planning agencies and local governments across the region to ensure that we seek ways to make the Island as a whole more sustainable - economically, environmentally, and socially. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we will work to:

  • Incorporate key strategies to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels;   
  • Reduce our over-reliance upon individual vehicle commuting options;   
  • Improve our mass transit choices & availability;
  • Ensure that storm recovery does not result in negative impacts to the environment or disparately impacts to underserved communities;
  • Increase accessibility to fresh food grown and distributed locally.

These efforts, as part of a broader effort to develop a Sustainability Plan through New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council, will move us in the direction of ensuring that the hardships we have endured over the last week will not be repeated in the future.     

 

As Long Islanders, we have shown historically that we are resilient and strong. This last week has shown that, on the whole, people have supported one another; neighbors, friends, families, and strangers have opened their doors to share their homes to those without power, heat, and hot water. We have supported one another and demonstrated once again that there is little that can keep us down.

 

Sustainable Long Island will continue to do what it takes to support you as we work to Rethink, Renew, and Rebuild the region together.

     

Sincerely,

 

The Board and Staff of Sustainable Long Island