New York politicians express deep concerns over warm housing in post-Sandy scenario

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

New York, United States (4E) – New York’s politicians on Sunday warned that thousands of people, who have been devastated by the super storm Sandy last week, would soon need warm shelter ahead of the upcoming cold weather.

While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged the need and put the figure at up to 40,000 people, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said federal agencies have already started looking for hotel rooms, flats to relocate people currently living in temporary shelters.

Superstorm Sandy had claimed 106 lives, including 40 in New York City, when it hit the country on October 29.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed concerns that the people would need heated homes as temperatures are going to fall in coming days. Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Cuomo said that the public transport would see an extra pressure on Monday, as more people are likely to return to work. He also called on people not to store petrol, assuring there would no fuel shortage as more supplies are already underway.

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York state said, “People are in homes that are uninhabitable” and urged them to leave their homes. “

You can die from being cold. You can die from fires started when you use candles or stoves to heat your apartment,” Cuomo said.

“If you don’t know where to go, stop a cop on the street and say, please tell me where to go. They’ll help you. But we have to make sure that you are safe for a few days and that you have food and water for a few days,” he added.

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