TODAY   |  October 30, 2012

Manhattan president has ‘never seen' storm like Sandy

Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer speaks about the status of the broken crane that continues to dangle over the city, as well as the storm damage and time frame for getting the subways and electricity running again.

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>>> something that a lot of new yorkers are looking at this morning. they're looking up to see that damaged crane on the west side of manhattan . as you can see, it's dangling over the street. that's 57th street on the west side . that's because on monday this is what happened during hurricane sandy. it toppled over in high winds .

>> scott stringer is the manhattan burrough president. he is with us here by phone. there's a lot to you about, sir, but we may as well start with the crane . number one, what do authorities plan to do about this which now, of course, it's not secure, and is there any reason to believe it was not adequately secured before this happened? the leasing company telling us it was last inspected on friday.

>> we're not going to know exactly what the status of the crane was until there's a full investigation, but what you are hearing is true. the crane was inspected. there was no red flag raised, so one can only suggest that this is just about a wind surge that toppled that crane . more importantly, what do we do now, and i think the mayor and city agencies are going to make that evaluation sometime today, whether you let the crane drop to the ground or whether you try to secure it in some way? obviously people are being very cautious and careful. i can tell you we've evacuated 16 buildings. the street has been secured. steam is off. electricity is off in the area, so if that crane were to fall, the damage would be limited. obviously, human life would not be impacted, which is the most important issue.

>> mr. stringer, you have a lot of things to deal with, a lot of issues. let's talk about power. a lot of people in manhattan still without power. any idea when that might be restored?

>> again, we're going through an assessment with con-ed. after i finish with you, i'm going to be on a call with con edison . below 39th street we have over 200,000 people without power. 600,000 people just within the city area . this is obviously something that everyone is concerned about. we need to get a timeline when power can go back on. we need to get our subway system up within the next day or so, and obviously there's a lot of work that has to be done. we have never seen a storm like this, and we are just digging out from under it, and obviously, we're still concerned about people who don't have power, who are in dangerous situations, so our police, our fire, our emergency services are operating at maximum level.

>> and real quickly, you mentioned the subway service. you think it will be up and running within a day or so?

>> the mta is talking about trying to create a situation where we could have some buses operating, maybe some service on. my sense is this is going to take some time. there's a lot of flooding in our major subway stations. again, we haven't seen this in modern history , so obviously, a lot of what we're going to try to do is something we've never had to do before.

>> yeah.

>> my sense is we've got to get people a timeline and a real transparent process so people in our neighborhoods understand that they'll get a sense of when they go back to work, when they can resume normal life .

>> i'll have to remind you, mr. stringer, you have the new york city marathon scheduled for sunday. that means a lot of people expecting to come to this city. we wish you the very best of luck.

>> thank you.