Skip to comments.Cuomo: Gas Crunch Should Ease Soon (Amazed At How Quickly It Can All Go Bad)
Posted on 11/02/2012 8:54:25 AM PDT by NYer
Gov. Cuomo said the gas crisis caused by Superstorm Sandy should ease now that the Coast Guard has lifted the tanker restrictions in the harbor.
Cuomo during a pre-taped interview with Sirius/XM radio, said the Coast Guard closed New York Harbor because containers blew off ships that could cause navigation and other problems, including hull breaches.
That kept gas tankers from coming to New York City.
On Thursday, the restrictions were lifted, Cuomo said.
"The fuel situation should be abated soon," he said.
He warned against price gauging, saying the Attorney General's Office will prosecute anyone who does.
Cuomo during the interview said he has to deal with more natural disasters in his 22 months in office than his father dealt with in his 12 years as governor.
He again blamed what he says is extreme weather situations that he believes New York will be dealing with again in the future.
Cuomo said when the subways and underground infrastructure was designed, it was not done so with major floods in mind.
In the wake of Superstorm, Cuomo says the thing he is amazed at most is how quickly things can go downhill.
Cuomo was asked what has shocked him most as he traveled around following the region following the storm.
"How quickly it can all go bad and how bad it can go," he responded. "We had been talking about the storm and the rain but life was fine and everything was basically fine. And then in a span of 12 hours the world is just turned upside down and how quickly chaos can ensue."
He spoke of a new appreciation of the "delicate balance" presented by an urban environment with high density.
"It's a delicate balance to keep it working well," Cuomo said. "Panic can set in. Chaos can set in."
He mentioned subway stations with water up to the platforms or even the ceilings and flooding that went on in the tunnels for five miles.
"As a tunnel gets pumped, they can go in and fix the wires and the they can run the train and then the train comes online," he said of why the mass transit system is coming back in pieces.
Despite complaints by many, including those in the outer boroughs, Cuomo said he cannot think of anything the government could have done to prepare or respond to the storm any better than it did.
"There's really nothing that can be done when a 10-foot wall of water goes through your house," he said.
The problem is not personal for Cuomo who has several residences, neither of which were impacted by the storm. In this morning's press conference, he stated that he is lifting the tax truckers must pay, in order to expedite the movement of fuel. He admitted that he did not like lifting the tax because the state needs the revenue.
We need to shrink government!
Cuomo.....the most underqualified person to hold office since zero.
Could not manage HUD.
Thank God he has Sandra Lee (SARC)...
Got on line this morning at 6 am; station started fueling at 10. Waited for an hour (on top of the 4); cops all over the station.
Northeast NJ is a mess.
I’m on Long Island. Gas lines over a 100 cars long at virtually every station that’s still open. Fights have happened all over the place. People have pulled guns on each other in a couple of cases (Riverhead, for example).
The lack of power and heat is bad but most people I know here know SOMEONE they can go to for a shower, sit in warmth.
The lack of gas changes that equation in a bad way.
How many gigabucks is NY going to get from the Feds for "disaster recovery"?
Just imagine had this been a Cat 3 or even a 2?
Yet this is what Obama plans for us if he is re-elected: forcing us into city centers. Isn't that what Agenda 21 is all about?
It is just starting....
Holy moly! This is the first I’ve seen it said that the gas crisis is mainly due to the Coast Guard closing the harbor!
Did Obie order that? It was the Coast Guard that managed to make the Gulf oil spill ten times worse than it was, too.
Sure, there are risks of flotsam and jetsam. But that’s what ship captains and their crews are trained for. You just take it slow and watch out for junk. And the Coast Guard organizes the cleanup. Or, better yet, just gets out of the way and lets people do it who know what the hell they are doing.
I am from Long Island and went through several hurricanes, with far less damage. This storm was very different. That said, for decades, the National Weather service has been predicting that NY was overdue for a major hurricane. Did anyone heed their warnings? Lots of talk, plenty of meetings ... no action.
This is just a preview of what gas prices and lines will be like should Obama win a second term.
Just received a call from the NRC looking for last minute contributions. I told the caller that here in Albany, there are no Romney/Ryan signs anywhere! You would not know there was a presidential race. Now, given the delays downstate in resolving the damage, the frustration of those living through this misery, do you think any of those people would switch their vote to Romney? Just curious to get another New Yorker's opinion.
I am trying to get a handle on the situation.
I said on another post City living is mostly foreign to me.
Here in the sticks more than one neighbor has chain saws,winches,chains, generators, and sump pumps...?
If need be we drive 50 100 or 150 miles to pick up supplies with a pickup we filled with gas before the storm hit?
Not sure why but there seems to be more people prepared out in the sticks.
Maybe becuase they are aware if something happens they are on their own?
Overall, I’m not sure what a indivual can do in a survival situation if they didn’t ALREADY prepare for it?
I think there may be a large number of Staten Islanders who will now pull the R.
Really ya Dewfus?
You gave us the Housing Crisis - Banking Collapse of 08' according to the "Village Voice" and you still can't see when the Defecate will hit the Rotary Oscillator?
And he thinks he is Presidental Material?
Good G-D almighty these Democrats are Delusional...
Anyone who condemns "gouging" generally fails to understand that free-market pricing works to efficiently and effectively ration scarce resources and increase the available supplies.
No one can argue that this nation's eventual downfall will be largely attributable to widespread, willful IGNORANCE of basic economics and civics as well as the triumph of emotion over reason.
sounds like a great time to host a marathon. Speak up Gov. Cuomo!
“Soon” can mean anything to anyone.
To an archeologist, it can means 10,000 years!!!
Read somewhere yesterday that NJ law probiits “gouging” within 30 days of an event (before or after) and “gouging” is considered more than a 10% price increase.
what a bunch of tards.
Then perhaps he should talk to Gov. Perry of Texas who understands staging relief aid just outside the expected devestation zone. Tanker trucks of fuel, semi trucks of food and supplies, dump trucks for hauling trash and debris, the national guard to render aid would have been a good start. He had ample warning that New York was going to get hit hard.
It isn’t as if people didn’t have time to prepare! Why would a person leave their boat in the water and their car parked where it could be flooded?
It may well extend beyond that, including lower Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. Here is the county results map from the 2004 presidential campaign (Bush vs Kerry). Blue=Bush; Red=Kerry
The majority of New Yorkers voted for Bush but Kerry won the state with the large metropolises. New York is still considered Obama country but, between the carnage in Queens, the long gas lines, the power outages and the slow response from FEMA, I'm betting that a lot of hungry, unbathed residents who have lost their homes or been displaced by water damage, may very well pull the lever for Romney.
A statue stands where George Dresch's house once stood.
Jane Caravello and her son Vincent look for personal items after the storm blew the roof off her home in Staten Island.
No one could prepare for such an unprecedented storm.
Wrong. The people had three days to prepare and evacuate. City folks are supposed to be smarter than us rural folks, aren't they?
I grew up in central Suffolk, lived on LI all my life. I think some people might switch their vote or stay home. I don’t think it’ll be enough to change the state to red though.
More likely, they just won't vote at all - which is still a win for Romney. Not nearly enough to flip the state, though.
There was also a lot of talk about New Orleans getting exactly what Katrina delivered.