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Kaiman: Gas Stations Say Fuel Supply 'Getting Better by The Hour'

Sunday update includes power restoration, voting information, public safety and more.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman issued the following post-Sandy update Sunday evening in a Reverse 311 message sent to all Town of North Hempstead residents who have working landlines.

We remain concerned about all of those who are still without power. Presently, approximately 50,000 LIPA customers are still without power in our town. Town tree cutting crews continue to shadow utility electrical workers to expedite the removal of downed trees from utility wires.   In addition, LIPA has informed the Town today that 272 linemen and 362 tree trimmers have been assigned to help the power restoration effort in our Town.

In regard to fuel, I have been in touch with the Governor’s office today and they have confirmed that fuel is now being delivered throughout our region. I have confirmed this with a number of gas stations who now advise that their fuel supply is good and getting better by the hour. Although many gas stations are still without power, it should be easier to get fuel tomorrow as compared with the last two days.

In regard to schools, we are advised that some districts within our town will open tomorrow and some will not. Please call 311 to find out whether your district will be open.

In regard to Tuesday’s election, voting will go on as scheduled at your regular polling place.  The Town is working with the county and FEMA to deliver generators to any polling place where power has not yet been restored.

I would like to remind all of our residents that many intersections still do not have working traffic lights.  Under New York State Law, when a traffic light is not working, the intersection is to be treated as a four way stop.  Also, in regard to safety, if you are using a generator, do not operate the generator inside even if you are keeping doors and windows open. 

North Hempstead’s 311 call center remains open and has already taken in over 20,000 phone calls in the last seven days.  Our warming centers are open each day for showers at Harbor Links, Tully Pool and the Westbury Community Center and our Points of Distribution, or PODS,  are open each day giving out water and ready made meals if you need them.  If you have any further questions, please call 311.  Thank you.

Alene Schonhaut November 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Where??????
Rick Ueland November 05, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Steven, Boy, did you hit the nail right on the head! Hopefully, Kaiman or members of his staff will sign on the Patch to look at his picture, and if they read your comment maybe a light bulb will go off. While I don't expect it to happen, you can always have hope!
J Fabian November 05, 2012 at 04:29 AM
We should stop paying our LIPA bill and our taxes for a few weeks maybe then we can be heard! This is absurd day 7 no power and no gasoline!
Rick Ueland November 05, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Nassau Taxpayer - wouldn't it be better to appoint an experienced executive with significant operational experience into the top job at LIPA as opposed to another political appointee with no utility experience? I hope Governor Cuomo realizes that you need a real professional in the position. The degree of responsibility in going from the TONH to running LIPA is like going from a Little League Farm team to the pros. LIPA since its inception doesn't have a strong track record. That needs to change.
Janet K November 05, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Kaiman as LIPA'S. head is a Joke it will never happen Coumo is smarter than that , all he has to do is look at the Building Department . Folks. Kaiman is being forced out of Town , the Idea of him moving to lipa is a lie made up by the cable company's News Day . As Lincoln said , you can't fool all the people all the time
Janet K November 05, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Mr. Photo op. what a disgrace
Steven Adler November 05, 2012 at 12:09 PM
On Friday, I wrote this Blog article about the crisis. I wish I didn't already have several more questions that our public officials need to answer. But the list is growing... http://www.infogovcommunity.com/blog/2012/11/preventing-the-next-storm-catastrophe/
ann m November 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
OK so if there is gas somewhere in NHP or Mineola please let me know. NJ doesn't seem to have a problem getting the gas stations up and running... OH! that's right, Chris Christie is in charge. Hopefully Gov. Cuomo will fire all in charge of LIPA You can't blame the LIPA workers... they follow what their supervisors tell them to do..
ann m November 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
LIPA has never been efficient. but after the snow storm we had and Hurricane last year they should learn something. but alas they DO NOT
Dawn Andrew November 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Getting better? Just walked by four stations in Port Washington. There are no lines because there is no gas. This is crazy. My husband had no problem or wait in CT this morning. Plenty of gas there.
kevin hickson November 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Odd and even rationing should be put in place. There are community nurses in Hospice that are not being allowed to make turns through the gas lines to get in to see patients. Drivers have to keep the intersections clear.
ann m November 05, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I could not agree more, at least we had gas to cook with for the past 6 days. Power came back on late friday night..
ann m November 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Maybe Gov. Cuomo will get rid of both of them... will we be so lucky ??
ann m November 05, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I have no intention on paying for services I did not receive.. they will have to adjust my bills..
Martin Gavin November 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
For all the money spent on gas, and the billions raked in year after year, generators should be mandatory at any station selling gas. As for LIPA and outages and solutions...Obama spent BILLIONS of our tax dollars on "shovel ready" road projects....where are OUR leaders when he money was bein given out..how about so some creaivity here guys....some of that billion cold have been spen here on Long Island proactively trimming amd removing trees that are in contact woth power lines, or leaning already...but no, instead it's always reaction, after the fact time here, where we pay ome of the highest taxes in the nation, and where we forever send more money upstate than we ever receive back.....for generations now. And Cablevision....the world has changed....they provide vital links via internet and phone access and they get a free ride during these times because they answer to know one...that needs to be changed. They need to be held accountable for extended outages, if not for tv, but for phone and internet.
Arguendo November 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
No, the Fuel Supply is NOT 'Getting Better by The Hour'. And attitudes of people in line -- and those deterred by police from even joining a line -- are certainly 'Getting UGLIER by The Hour'
Anna S November 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
What else is new ? Kaiman Lied again
Su November 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Considering how every media outlet including LIPA was asking people to text in or check the internet for updates (absurd since power was the first thing to go, next was cell towers), there should be a law that LAND-LINE telephones get reconnected to all homes without phone companies charging extra for it. In this storm, many folks without power also lost cell connections-making a big portion of people completely DIS-connected to any information. I hope we learn from this and change. The telephone is the first LINE of communication for folks of ALL ages in a dire situation such as this. Politicians, please advocate for this.
Su November 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
A mandatory law for all the cable companies is to provide land-line phones with no up charge, all of the internet/cable phones were useless in the power outage, a grave danger to all since a good portion of people were not receiving crucial or maybe vital information, including information about schools, outreaches, shelter locations, food outreaches, etc. We need to make changes so we don't have these problems when the next disaster hits.
Arguendo November 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Even while data services still worked, LIPA's online and text message outage reporting systems didn't work. They're completely incompetent.
Arguendo November 05, 2012 at 09:06 PM
This look any better? Try ZIP codes 11576, 11030, 11050: http://www.gasbuddy.com/sandy/Search.aspx?t=search
Arguendo November 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
LIPA text and online reporting simply hasn't worked. They are operating completely in the dark.
Port Washington Twin Pines Co-op & Thrift Shop November 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
yup... Getty 655 Port Washington Blvd & Park Ave Port Washington, NY 11050 Has Fuel As of 5 minutes ago
Port Washington Twin Pines Co-op & Thrift Shop November 05, 2012 at 11:12 PM
also by gasbuddy.com.... http://www.longislandgasprices.com/GasPriceSearch.aspx?typ=adv&fuel=A&srch=0&area=All%20Areas&station=All%20Stations&tme_limit=4
mohammad November 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
shell at middleneck road and allenwood road, charging 4.80 a gallon ATTY generals office got over 50 complaintes
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I went to Arby's [495 S.R. & Utopia pkwy, sWEST corner, if you're a fan] tonight about 9:45pm Tuesday. When I left, in the truck, I noticed the Mobil station next door, 1 block east, was dispensing gas at $4.15 a gal, I parked the truck [RIGHT ON THE STATION LOT LIKE I WAS GETTING MILK] ;-) and took my 4.6 gallons combined, 3 cans, and got on the line, 20 or so, deep. As I waited on my chair, :-) I watched, and what really set me off was this family of fellow Americans, speaking Chinese [descriptive from my simple observation, no commentary intended]. They seemingly had the whole family show up and stand every 4-5 apart and fill & dump their 2) brand new, $35 each (see below), 5.5gal cans to their car(s), bring the empty cans to the next relative, just about to reach the front of the line, then they themselves, got on the back of the line, over and over, till when ever they wanted to stop, faster than the rest of us, who waited in line fair and square, they were cheating all the others & gas hogging. The cans were "cutting the line". BRILLIANT BUT I.M.O., UN-FAIR. They were acting as if they were more important than the rest of us, pissed me off. [end pt1]
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I spoke out, and made them visibly embarrassed, but they kept doing it. A 20-30 people line avg 2 cans each, served by 2 pumps, back to back, took about an hr, bring a chair! There was so much wasted time, on the can line, people tried to use their credit cards [cash only too] and fail, even with a sign on the pump, then all these folks (who had never owned a gas can before) had to figure out how to open it, then how to operate the pump, first time for many, and fill it neatly, for the first time, then most would open 1 can, fill it, close it, open the next, fill it, and close, over and over. Time was ticking, everyone was cold! Open all cans, pay cash, fill all cans, call the next person, get out of the way, then close 'em, is what I did. [end pt2]
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
pt 3 of 4 Don't bother bringing non-approved gas cans, people brought large wesson oil cans [with oil in them too, might clog injectors, carbs, bad idea, IMO] and milk bottles, they are not designed for gas, they are "food grade" containers, gas will "melt" that plastic, and plastic contaminated gas could cost big $$ for fuel injector/carb problems (it starts as soon as the gas touches it, [so it must be emptied, IMO, in 15 mins or less]). But MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY WON'T HOLD THE PRESSURE THAT GAS GENERATES ON THE GAS "CAN", THEY CAN BURST [either by pressure from carrying, or shaking/rolling around your car maybe, or plain dropping them] AND GOD FORBID, IGNITE, ENDANGERING [YOU AND] US ALL, NEAREST THE PUMP! NOT TO MENTION, BREAKING A FEW LAWS.
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
pt 4 of 4 Watch out. People are not thinking. They are stressed, DESPERATE. There were 2 loud shouting matches, and at one point, someone did something wrong, and all the cars on that line, blasted a chorus of horns for 20 seconds. I HAD to tell the station rep. to come out and tell the people to stop filling "Bad" cans, and he got pissed at me, but a few minutes later, he did what was right. I EVEN TOLD HIM ABOUT A LADY SELLING 5 GAL GAS CANS FOR $35 (ALMOST 100% MARKUP) RIGHT ON THE STATION PROPERTY! I really intensely dislike folks who do this to others in a time like this. FOR WHAT ITS WORTH, I HOPE THIS RANT MAY HELP YOU, BEFOREHAND. Hope this note finds you all safe. And finally with power????? Best Wishes in this upsetting time.
George Mulligan November 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Dawn, where in Ct did your husband find gas? We may drive up to Ct on the weekend but were concerned we didn't have enough gas for a round trip. I haven't tried to buy gas in Port since the storm. The lines look awful.

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