Many on New York's Long Island Still Dark After Sandy
New Jersey will end gasoline rationing at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Gov. Chris Christie says gas supplies are plentiful and there are no more lines of motorists waiting for fuel.
Christie had imposed the rationing Nov. 3 because some gas stations couldn't get fuel while others didn't have electricity to pump it as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
Rationing was put in effect in 12 counties in central and northern New Jersey.
The governor notes New Jersey was first to impose rationing and that others followed the state's lead. New York did not impose rationing until Friday, six days after New Jersey.
And - more than 70,000 customers of Long Island Power Authority in New York are still without electricity two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck, and the often-criticized government entity mostly blames factors beyond its control.
LIPA is a nonprofit whose board is chosen by the governor and legislative leaders. The utility says it restored power to nearly 1.1 million customers Monday morning. Of those still in the dark, 46,300 mainly along Long Island's south shore and Rockaway Peninsula had water damage to electrical panels and wiring. Their service can't be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs.
State officials have criticized the utility for poor customer communications after Tropical Storm Irene last year and for insufficient tree trimming maintenance. LIPA contracts with National Grid for service and maintenance.
An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.
The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly because the details haven't been finalized. The official confirms that the administration will use the money to cover costs to repair bridges, tunnels subways and commuter rail lines. It will also help rebuild homes and apartments, reimburse local governments for emergency services and make loans and grants to businesses.
The plan was first reported by The New York Times. It's based on an estimated $50 billion in damages and would help cover the cost of improvements like a power grid meant to improve utilities' ability to find and fix outages and upgrade New York City's gasoline supply capacity. (AP)
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