( 4UMF NEWS ) New York Harbor Reopens:
New York Harbor reopened Friday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy roared in and scattered debris into the waterway that is a vital conduit for the city’s commerce, including the tankers that bring fuel for New York and New Jersey.
“There’s no question the supply of fuel will increase in New York Harbor,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo signed an executive order Friday allowing distributors and transporters to bring gasoline, diesel and kerosene into New York state without being required to meet typical registration requirements.
But other means of getting fuel into the area were still limited. And that’s bad news for drivers who have spent hours lined up for gas and for thousands of homeowners who have been forced to use gas-powered generators to light homes darkened by Sandy.
Meteorologists called Sandy a “perfect storm” of colliding events. The gasoline situation is similar, with high demand for fuel combining with supply bottlenecks to generate long lines and outages at area gas stations.
On Friday, AAA said that almost two-thirds of service stations in New York City and New Jersey are still closed, mostly because they lack the electricity to run the pump.