We at Morningsider feel appreciative that our direct neighborhood has largely been spared from severe property damages from Sandy. Our hearts reach out those affected locally, especially in East Harlem, as well as throughout the broader tri-State.  If you are aware of volunteer opportunities to serve those impacted in our communities and beyond please let us know via twitter @TheMorningsider and we will provide updates.

We have included below a letter to the community from Council Member Inez Dickens of Central Harlem and will be following with additional updates.

Letter from Councilmember Dickens

Dear Neighbors,

In the aftermath of experiencing one of our greatest natural disasters, I am grateful to know that much of our community has been spared. My sigh of gratitude does not make light of the many incidences of damaged property incurred due to severe flooding, power outages, fallen trees, and the inconveniences of halted transportation.

I would like to applaud our First Responders, our Emergency Management staff, our City’s Administration, and the countless courageous Volunteers for helping to staff evacuation centers, to tend to the sick, elderly, displaced and shut-in. I’d like to commend Speaker Christine Quinn and her staff who has been diligent to keep open lines of communication with vital city agencies as we all work to recover from the storm.

To shed some light on the magnitude of the damage from the storm, we know that the Esplanade Gardens has suffered severe flooding particularly to its parking garage damaging almost 200 automobiles. The Riverbend Houses lost power and suffered severe damage to more than 50 cars in their garage. A few of our NYCHA buildings have experienced loss of power and heat. There have been electrical fires as a result of water exposure. We’ve had tree fallings and scaffold debris causing damage to property but thank goodness there were no injuries as a result. We will continue to work with State Legislators and the necessary City Agencies to restore power as soon as possible.

Allow me to make mention of how pleased I am to report that although there has been incidences of looting in various parts of the city, there have been no reports of looting and illegal activity related to the hurricane in our District. I congratulate the many civic and tenant leaders and the entire community for rallying together to brave the wiles of this passing storm. Thankfully, the brunt of it has passed, but as we continue to receive updates from our various points of contact, it is clear that full recovery will take some time. I would encourage you to continue to check in with family, neighbors and friends to ensure their safety and security.

A special thanks to Deputy Inspector Kevin Williams of the 28th Precinct who has continuously apprised me of activity not only in the 28th precinct, but in the entire Manhattan North Borough Patrol, providing daily leadership and constant reconnaissance.

My staff has been and will continue to be on-call covering the needs of the district, conducting site visits, and checking in with resident and community leaders. Should you have any concerns, please give my office a call at 212.678.4505, as I will continue to keep my District Office open and operating. If for any reason you do not get an answer, be sure to leave a voicemail and my office will certainly get back to you.

Remain safe, and I thank you for your strong resolve.

Sincerely,

Inez E. Dickens

Assistant Deputy Majority Leader