Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
'Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,’ reads open letter to American people.
By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight It is no secret that Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey power's grid, leaving millions of customers without electricity -- many for a week or longer. Get used to it, warns a new report. Extreme weather is likely to increase not only in frequency but intensity, and the nation’s energy facilities will continue to suffer major disruptions, particularly those located in coastal regions, according to a draft National Climate Assessment report. The likely consequences of those storms and of a warmer planet will be to ramp up peak electricity demand in regions like the Northeast, requiring additional generation and distribution facilities to be built, the report said. For consumers, that could mean as much as…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Governor hailed as hero following Sandy, says he's 'more ready' to consider presidential run.
Thursday, January 24
Gov. Chris Christie has been considered by some legislators and constituents to be somewhat of a hero for his response and leadership following Superstorm Sandy. But now that the storm has passed, the governor is looking toward the future and a potential run for presidency, according to a Time magazine article, "The Boss," about the state's leader. As Republicans look to place a strong candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Christie may be their choice. But state Democratic leaders said there is much the governor has still not delivered on during his tenure. Despite rumors that he was planning to run for president in 2012, Christie publicly announced several times over that he did not have intentions to run. Now months later, after …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Rotary District 7490, which encompasses Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties, has been appointed to coordinate relief efforts for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy throughout the tri-state area.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Rotarians from across the globe are working together with local Rotary District 7490 to offer relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy. District 7490, which encompasses Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties and has been tabbed to lead the Rotary's tri-state area relief efforts, has been working with Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters to coordinate efforts among organizations in Bergen County and assist with local Rotary Clubs in the hardest-hit areas. The recovery is expected to take months and there remains an immediate need for an assortment of items. If you'd like to contribute, consider donating the following items: To make a secure cash donation to the relief efforts or just stay updated on the Rotary Club's relief efforts, …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Inspectors to spread out across Bergen County and authorities will have “zero tolerance” for fraudulent home repair companies and contractors, the Bergen County Executive said.
Officials will inspect contractors working on repairs in areas slammed by Superstorm Sandy as part of a new county police-led task force designed to protect homeowners from storm-related scams, the county executive announced Tuesday. “My administration will have zero tolerance for fraudulent home improvement companies or any contractor or company that seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people suffering from the terrible tragedy that hit our county,” Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said in a statement. Led by County Police Capt. Victor F. Cuttitta Jr., the task force will include officials from the Consumer Affairs and Consumer Protections offices. Inspectors will fan out across Bergen County, with special attention given to …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One in five residents said they felt forced out of their homes by the storm.
Superstorm Sandy made an impact on approximately two-thirds of the state, according to results from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday. An even higher percentage (94 percent) of the 1,228 polled New Jersey residents reported that they lost power at some point during or after the storm. About 65 percent of those polled said they remained without power for at least five days. "Two-thirds of New Jersey residents were affected when Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Garden State three weeks ago," a press release about the poll said. Approximately one in five residents said they were forced out of their homes by the storm, with about 6 percent of residents telling pollsters they were still not able to permanently return. "We already …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Thirteen-year-old weather buff Daniel Mazover filmed a brief narrative film on Superstorm Sandy and its effects on Fair Lawn.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Daniel Mazover missed out on Irene last August and took only pictures during Snowtober a couple months later, so when he got word of Superstorm Sandy's North Jersey course a few weeks ago he wasn't about to let a little rain and some hurricane force winds keep him from filming his first weather documentary. The 13-year-old weather buff shot pre-storm interviews Sunday, filmed throughout the storm Monday afternoon -- even as he lost power in his own home -- and then circled back through Fair Lawn to capture the aftermath on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to filming scenes on the ground and in the car with the help of friends Jacob Chernavsky and Josh Zimmerman, Mazover even attached a Midland XTC Action Camera to the handlebars of his …