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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Interactive map shows town-by-town data of Superstorm Sandy damages to homes and rental units all over the state.
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Tuesday, March 19
An interactive map which shows town-by-town data of the impact Superstorm Sandy had on homes and businesses shows Hasbrouck Heights was not as severely impacted as most of its neighbors. The map published by NJSpotlight, which analyzes figures from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs shows a total of 8 homes had damage, 7 of which were considered as "major" damage, and 1 considered "severe." Zero rental units in Heights were listed as damaged according to this map. According to the NJSpotlight report, damages costing between $8,000 and $28,000 fall under the "major" classification, damages amount to more than $28,000 are classified as "severe." The interactive map shows Little Ferry and Moonachie among the hardest hit communities …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Borough continues to improve communications and be better prepared in the event of another emergency like Superstorm Sandy.
Hasbrouck Heights is looking to expand its emergency management group, taking on residents who may have an area of expertise that can be used in an emergency. Since Superstorm Sandy left the borough without power and therefore limited communications for several days, in some cases nearly two weeks, officials and emergency management have been working towards improving those lines of communication while also making additional improvements to be better prepared in the event of another storm or emergency. Police Chief Michael Colaneri, who also serves as the borough's Office of Emergency Management coordinator, has encouraged those who may be interested in joining the group to contact him. They will be asked to fill out a form listing what …
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 …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The October superstorm left hundreds without power for more than a week and had uprooted trees all over the borough.
The process of determining what the costs of Superstorm Sandy amounted to in dollars is underway as the borough is now working with FEMA in the hopes of receiving some reimbursement. At the end of October, the superstorm ripped through the area uprooting about 90 whole trees, tearing down power lines leaving hundreds without heat and electricity, closing downs schools and businesses for more than a week and also caused an alarming demand for gasoline in the initial aftermath of the storm. Filing claims with FEMA has become almost a common practice the past few years as the borough has put in claims one to two times a year due to extreme weather events. Hurricane Irene and the October snowtorm were two major events of 2011 Hasbrouck Heights…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Borough forms a council made up of town individuals to work on emergency management planning.
Hasbrouck Heights is creating an Emergency Management Council made up of town individuals, department heads, emergency management personnnel and borough officials. Mayor Rose Heck will chair the council along with Police Chief Michael Colaneri who is the borough's Emergency Management Coordinator. Other members of the committee to be appointed during the Tuesday night council meeting include Fire Chief Richard Giarratana, Arthur Jackson, the fire official, Dr. Mark Porto, superintendent of schools, to name a few, as per the preliminary meeting agenda. During the past two months following Superstorm Sandy borough and emergency management officials have spoken openly about working to improve the lines of communication to better any future …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Local assembly persons Connie Wagner of Paramus and Timothy Eustace of Maywood (District 38) have been pushing legislation to require more updated maps
In advance of the imminent release of new Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps by FEMA, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Tim Eustace called on the state to update all Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) flood hazard area maps to better protect homes and businesses from future storms. In mid-October, the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee released a bill (A3262) sponsored by Wagner and Eustace with bi-partisan support. The measure is designed to help protect the public from flooding and facilitate smart development by requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to quickly evaluate any newly released FEMA floodway delineations in order to allow permit applicants to apply for a permit using the …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hasbrouck Heights invited residents to a forum with the mayor, police chief, borough administrator and DPW head to talk about the impact of Sandy and what can be done for future storms.
It’s been more than a month since Superstorm Sandy wrecked havoc on the borough and although things have since returned to normal the impact it had on this community is not to be forgotten any time soon. “This 100-year storm comes just about every other year now and we have to plan ahead to survive what may be coming next,” Mayor Rose Heck told residents who came to a special forum Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of Sandy. Borough leaders spoke of the impact the storm had on the community and what can be taken way from the experience in order to better handle such an event in the future. The borough was impacted in multiple ways in the days that followed Sandy. People all over had no power, no heat. Some businesses were shut for more …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Some of things readers can expect to see on Patch this week.
Coming up this week on Patch The community is invited to attend a special borough meeting to address Superstorm Sandy, its aftermath and the damage it caused and what can be done in the future to prepare for such weather events. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the council chambers at Borough Hall. Mayor Rose Heck will chair the meeting and among those who will be speaking are Police Chief Michael Colaneri who also serves as the borough's emergency management coordinator. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions. Borough CFO and Administrator Mike Kronyak and William Spindler, the DPW superintendent will also be on hand for questions from the public. The Oct. 29 superstorm, which has been referred to as "New …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The borough invites all to a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11 on storm aftermath and planning for future storms.
Hasbrouck Heights has set up a special meeting next month to address the public on matters relating to Superstorm Sandy, the damage it caused, the aftermath and plans for future storm events. The special meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Borough Hall, preceding the regular 8 p.m. council meeting. All interested residents or business owners are invited to attend this special meeting which will be chaired by Mayor Rose Heck. The public will have the opportunity to hear reports and ask questions from Police Chief Michael Colaneri who is also the borough's emergency management coordinator. Borough CFO and Administrator Mike Kronyak and William Spindler, the DPW superintendent will also be on hand for …