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Kaiman: Gas Stations Say Fuel Supply 'Getting Better by The Hour'

Sunday update includes power restoration, voting information, public safety and more.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman issued the following post-Sandy update Sunday evening in a Reverse 311 message sent to all Town of North Hempstead residents who have working landlines.

We remain concerned about all of those who are still without power. Presently, approximately 50,000 LIPA customers are still without power in our town. Town tree cutting crews continue to shadow utility electrical workers to expedite the removal of downed trees from utility wires.   In addition, LIPA has informed the Town today that 272 linemen and 362 tree trimmers have been assigned to help the power restoration effort in our Town.

In regard to fuel, I have been in touch with the Governor’s office today and they have confirmed that fuel is now being delivered throughout our region. I have confirmed this with a number of gas stations who now advise that their fuel supply is good and getting better by the hour. Although many gas stations are still without power, it should be easier to get fuel tomorrow as compared with the last two days.

In regard to schools, we are advised that some districts within our town will open tomorrow and some will not. Please call 311 to find out whether your district will be open.

In regard to Tuesday’s election, voting will go on as scheduled at your regular polling place.  The Town is working with the county and FEMA to deliver generators to any polling place where power has not yet been restored.

I would like to remind all of our residents that many intersections still do not have working traffic lights.  Under New York State Law, when a traffic light is not working, the intersection is to be treated as a four way stop.  Also, in regard to safety, if you are using a generator, do not operate the generator inside even if you are keeping doors and windows open. 

North Hempstead’s 311 call center remains open and has already taken in over 20,000 phone calls in the last seven days.  Our warming centers are open each day for showers at Harbor Links, Tully Pool and the Westbury Community Center and our Points of Distribution, or PODS,  are open each day giving out water and ready made meals if you need them.  If you have any further questions, please call 311.  Thank you.

Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I went to Arby's [495 S.R. & Utopia pkwy, sWEST corner, if you're a fan] tonight about 9:45pm Tuesday. When I left, in the truck, I noticed the Mobil station next door, 1 block east, was dispensing gas at $4.15 a gal, I parked the truck [RIGHT ON THE STATION LOT LIKE I WAS GETTING MILK] ;-) and took my 4.6 gallons combined, 3 cans, and got on the line, 20 or so, deep. As I waited on my chair, :-) I watched, and what really set me off was this family of fellow Americans, speaking Chinese [descriptive from my simple observation, no commentary intended]. They seemingly had the whole family show up and stand every 4-5 apart and fill & dump their 2) brand new, $35 each (see below), 5.5gal cans to their car(s), bring the empty cans to the next relative, just about to reach the front of the line, then they themselves, got on the back of the line, over and over, till when ever they wanted to stop, faster than the rest of us, who waited in line fair and square, they were cheating all the others & gas hogging. The cans were "cutting the line". BRILLIANT BUT I.M.O., UN-FAIR. They were acting as if they were more important than the rest of us, pissed me off. [end pt1]
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I spoke out, and made them visibly embarrassed, but they kept doing it. A 20-30 people line avg 2 cans each, served by 2 pumps, back to back, took about an hr, bring a chair! There was so much wasted time, on the can line, people tried to use their credit cards [cash only too] and fail, even with a sign on the pump, then all these folks (who had never owned a gas can before) had to figure out how to open it, then how to operate the pump, first time for many, and fill it neatly, for the first time, then most would open 1 can, fill it, close it, open the next, fill it, and close, over and over. Time was ticking, everyone was cold! Open all cans, pay cash, fill all cans, call the next person, get out of the way, then close 'em, is what I did. [end pt2]
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
pt 3 of 4 Don't bother bringing non-approved gas cans, people brought large wesson oil cans [with oil in them too, might clog injectors, carbs, bad idea, IMO] and milk bottles, they are not designed for gas, they are "food grade" containers, gas will "melt" that plastic, and plastic contaminated gas could cost big $$ for fuel injector/carb problems (it starts as soon as the gas touches it, [so it must be emptied, IMO, in 15 mins or less]). But MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY WON'T HOLD THE PRESSURE THAT GAS GENERATES ON THE GAS "CAN", THEY CAN BURST [either by pressure from carrying, or shaking/rolling around your car maybe, or plain dropping them] AND GOD FORBID, IGNITE, ENDANGERING [YOU AND] US ALL, NEAREST THE PUMP! NOT TO MENTION, BREAKING A FEW LAWS.
Gold Rush November 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
pt 4 of 4 Watch out. People are not thinking. They are stressed, DESPERATE. There were 2 loud shouting matches, and at one point, someone did something wrong, and all the cars on that line, blasted a chorus of horns for 20 seconds. I HAD to tell the station rep. to come out and tell the people to stop filling "Bad" cans, and he got pissed at me, but a few minutes later, he did what was right. I EVEN TOLD HIM ABOUT A LADY SELLING 5 GAL GAS CANS FOR $35 (ALMOST 100% MARKUP) RIGHT ON THE STATION PROPERTY! I really intensely dislike folks who do this to others in a time like this. FOR WHAT ITS WORTH, I HOPE THIS RANT MAY HELP YOU, BEFOREHAND. Hope this note finds you all safe. And finally with power????? Best Wishes in this upsetting time.
George Mulligan November 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Dawn, where in Ct did your husband find gas? We may drive up to Ct on the weekend but were concerned we didn't have enough gas for a round trip. I haven't tried to buy gas in Port since the storm. The lines look awful.

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