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Signs of Recovery Around the Northeast

Stephen Chernin

Though slow-going, rebuilding continues after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation earlier this week. The storm has left millions without power and has crippled transportation to and from New York City and mass transit throughout the five boroughs. An update now on the recovery efforts around the Northeast:

Limited subway service has started today in New York City. City buses are running and limited commuter rail service has started as well. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be waiving fares today and tomorrow to encourage people to use mass transit instead of driving into the city.

Amtrak is expected to release a schedule today for some service to and from New York City to begin tomorrow. Service to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has been restored but Northeast Regional service between Newark and New Haven, Connecticut as well as Acela Express service for the entire Northeast Corridor is canceled again today.

Utility companies report that 1.9 million customers are still without power across New York state, the majority on Long Island and New York City. Connecticut’s two main power utilities say almost 500,000 people are still in the dark there as well. Connecticut Light & Power says it’s getting about 200 additional line workers and 250 more tree cutters from out of state to aid in recovery today. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit the state today to meet with state and local officials.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has, by executive order, extended the voter registration deadline until tonight at 8pm. People wanting to cast votes on November 6th need to register to vote in person at their town and city offices.

In Massachusetts, 46,000 remain without power but that number continues to drop, which state officials credit to an improved response by utilities after last year’s Tropical Storm Irene and October snowstorm. In Vermont where nearly all power outages have been restored, 70 employees of Green Mountain Power plan to help restore power in other states devastated by the storm. Vermont was one of the hardest hit states during Irene.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press