Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster to hit New York State in decades, bringing widespread devastation our state. Its impact was devastating: 131 people were killed, including 60 in New York State, two million customers were left without power, roads and subway tunnels experienced catastrophic flooding, major transmission systems were damaged, and more than 300,000 housing units destroyed or damaged, leaving countless families homeless. The financial impact of the storm was equally staggering, with an estimated cost of $42 billion.
Four days before the storm’s forecasted arrival, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency and ordered the state’s Emergency Operations Center to operate 24 hours a day. The Governor deployed nearly 2,100 members of the National Guard to aid local authorities in responding to storm emergencies and damage. To protect the public, the Governor ordered the shutdown of all MTA services starting the evening of October 28. He also closed all major state bridges and tunnels in the storm’s path.
Throughout the evening of October 29 and the following day, as the storm continued to hit with high winds and heavy rains, Governor Cuomo headed the storm response and recovery efforts, keeping in constant contact with emergency responders, local officials, and the White House.