Manhattan power expected by Saturday; United Way sets up recovery fund
Con Edison says it’s on track to restore Manhattan service by Saturday.
The company said today that its previous estimates for the borough are on target.
The utility said customers served by underground equipment in Brooklyn also can expect power by Saturday.
Con Edison stresses that customers with damage to their internal electrical equipment might not get power back when their neighbors do.
By midday today, there were about 649,000 Con Edison customers without service in New York City and Westchester County.
About 228,000 of them were in Manhattan.
The Long Island Power Authority has reported about 740,000 customers still without power.
Other utilities serving Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties reported about 130,000 outages.
Further north, in Ulster, Orange, Sullivan and Dutchess counties, there were about 50,000 customers without power.
Meanwhile, United Way has created a storm recovery fund to help communities along the Eastern Seaboard with near- and long-term needs.
The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund will be used by the organization’s local chapters to assist communities that the federal government has declared disaster areas.
The fund also will be used to help United Way's community partners in New York City provide low-income individuals and families the services they need.
The organization asks that people donate online at uwsandyrecovery.org. or text RECOVERY to 52000.
The National Guard and federal emergency management officials will deliver 1 million meals and bottled water to New York areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the meals and water will go to lower Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and Queens and will include the Rockaways that were hit by flooding and house fires.
The food and water is being flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning Thursday morning and will continue as needed.
New York City officials and nonprofit groups will establish distribution points.
Cuomo will visit a distribution site in Manhattan this afternoon.