Tempers Fray as People Brave Cold Without Fuel

Long Islanders protest outside utility company
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2012 4:48 PM CST
People walk along rows of large tents Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Oceanport, in Monmouth County, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Superstorm Sandy victims are growing more frustrated as gas-rationing continues in New York and New Jersey, and over 170,000 battle the cold on Long Island without power—nearly two weeks after Sandy landed, Reuters reports. More details:

  • Long Island residents protested outside a utility company for the second straight day.
  • Thousands remain in temporary shelters, and a tent city next to the Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey is housing hundreds of people.
  • More than 500 people lined up with fuel cans this morning in Far Rockaway, a New York City coastal area hit hard by Sandy. Word had circulated about a tanker coming in with 8,000 gallons of free gasoline. The donor "didn't want his name used, but he wanted to get gas to these people," said an NYPD captain.
  • More than 25% of New York City gas stations had no fuel yesterday, the same as Thursday. But other fuel lines in the region may have improved. One man drove from Queens Village to Hamstead, Long Island, and found a lineup of just a dozen cars. "I can't believe this—it's great!" he said.
  • Millions are still burdened with difficult commutes, as big crowds wait for trains running on limited service.
  • Police reported just a 6% rise in crime during the week after Sandy, and a drop in crime overall, the New York Times reports.
  • The White House says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's people are easier to work with than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's people, the New York Post reports. "New York wants to do everything alone, but we’re working with Christie really well," says a senior administration official. "It’s weird."
(Read more Hurricane Sandy stories.)

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