61 men and women who lost their lives to Superstorm Sandy in New York. Please join us for a moment of silence in memory of those lives lost as well as the countless others whose lives were disrupted. This moment of silence will occur at 8:00 p.m. on October 29, marking the approximate time when the storm surge first began in New York City.
In addition to the substantial loss of life, material damage from Superstorm Sandy was also significant. More than 300,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed, and more than two million people were left without power, including 90 percent of utility customers on Long Island.
Widespread flooding impacted transportation networks throughout the New York metropolitan region, and more than 2,000 members of the National Guard were deployed in New York to help local authorities respond to storm emergencies and assess the damage.