Cuomo Says 100,000 Families To Be Displaced

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday said 100,000 families downstate are expected to be displaced for as long as a year because of Superstorm Sandy.

“There are about 100,000 families that are going to be displaced for a significant amount of time, that means that houses that are so damaged that the family can’t go back into the house – at least for an extended period of time,” Cuomo said yesterday to a National Guard station in Cortlandt Manor in Westchester.

He said the state was working with the federal government to provide housing for people for up to a year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday indicated that 40,000 people in New York City would need temporary housing.

Reports today were that the gas shortage was alleviating. Power was slowly coming back on: from a high of 2.1 million outages to 462,788 as of noon today.

But frustrations were growing in the Hudson Valley. Con Ed said it had 79,000 customers out of service in Westchester, by far its largest area without power.

NYSEG had more than 23,000 people without power, while Orange & Rockland Utilities had 39,363 without power.

“It is a problem all across the region. The power outage is caused very simply by the high winds doing much tree damage,” said Cuomo, who has threatened to pull the utilities’ licenses if they don’t shape up.

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