I wanted to update you on some of the latest information I have to share with you on our recovery from Hurricane Sandy and resources for affected constituents.
I surveyed the Fourth Congressional District on the ground and via U.S. Coast Guard plane this week, and am in an ongoing effort to reach out to and meet with local emergency management officials all over my district to discuss what their priority needs are and how my office can help. I also met with federal, state and local officials at Nassau County's emergency command facility at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center. My staff and I continue to reach out to officials and residents throughout my district and are working hard to help ensure that we recover from Hurricane Sandy as quickly as possible.
Today I urged FEMA Region II Administrator Lynn Cantor that the federal government must do all it can to ease the gas shortages that are affecting not just my constituents but the entire New York metropolitan region. I'm happy to report that she agreed and by nightfall we saw news that the military will be bringing 24 million gallons of fuel to the area to help ease the burden.
We also received news from Governor Andrew Cuomo today that restrictions placed on tankers in the New York Harbor due to unsafe conditions during Hurricane Sandy have been lifted and fuel should be reaching gas stations soon.
That said, our electricity situation remains a major problem for too many of my constituents. LIPA is reporting that about half of its customers have regained power, but that leaves hundreds of thousands of customers -- millions of Long Islanders -- still without power. This is unacceptable and I will continue to implore LIPA to expedite its recovery for customers.