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Statue of Liberty to reopen July 4

NBC New York:

The Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on July 4, more than nine months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed its docks, security screening system and energy infrastructure.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer told NBC 4 New York Tuesday that the patriotic landmark will reopen on the holiday. The U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed the date is set.

“It’s good news, it’s a little overdue, but at least it’s there and now we’ll watch like a hawk to make sure that this promise is kept,” Schumer said.
Photo: The Statue of Liberty on Oct. 29, 2012, before Sandy arrived. It has been closed since. (AP)
US Senate votes to approve $50.5 billion Sandy aid package
Reuters: The US Senate has approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 
The measure goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Photo: A vehicle makes its way near homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of Queens, New York, on Jan. 15, 2013. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

US Senate votes to approve $50.5 billion Sandy aid package

Reuters: The US Senate has approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The measure goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Photo: A vehicle makes its way near homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of Queens, New York, on Jan. 15, 2013. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

President Obama speaks to residents in Staten Island, N.Y., as he visits neighborhoods hit by Hurricane Sandy.
 More on this story from NBCNews here.
(Photo: Mandel Ngan - AFP/Getty Images)

Statue of Liberty illuminated again for first time since Hurricane Sandy

The Statue of Liberty was illuminated Friday evening for the first time since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The statue, one of the city’s top tourist attractions, has been closed because of damage resulting from the storm that hit New York Oct. 29, with no estimate on when it will reopen to visitors.
The monument, reports the Associated Press, was re-lit through temporary measures made possible by a donation of equipment and services from Musco Lighting to the National Park Foundation, which is the official charity of America’s national parks, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
 Another company, Natoli Construction, handled the lighting of the statue’s torch and crown.
More from the Associated Press.

(Source: Washington Post)

Commuters to NYC face snarls 1 week after Sandy

NBC New York: Commuters entering New York City are enduring long waits and crowded trains a week after Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coastlines.

Trains are so crowded on the Long Island Rail Road that dozens of people have missed trains. Lines for the ferry in Jersey City have stretched to several hundred people. And NJ Transit shut down its North Jersey Coast Line after overcrowding.

Photo via Getty Images

Marathoners go on the move in New York City

AP: Even though the New York City Marathon was canceled, hundreds of runners in marathon shirts, carrying backpacks full of supplies, took the ferry to Staten Island and ran to stricken neighborhoods to help.

Others gathered in Central Park to put in 26.2 miles even though the event was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

Many runners found a way to volunteer for storm victims.

Photo: Large groups of joggers run through Central Park on Nov. 4 in New York City.The 2012 NYC Marathon scheduled for that Sunday was canceled by the city because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.  (Michael Heiman / Getty Images, via USA Today Sports)

Halloween postponed to Nov. 5 in New Jersey

NorthJersey.com: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an executive order rescheduling Halloween to Nov. 5 due to unsafe conditions caused by Sandy.

"I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy," Christie said in a statement.

Photo credit: Juliet James/SXC

Hurricane Sandy projected to make landfall along southern New Jersey coast by early evening
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast by early evening, according to the latest advisory from the National Weather Service.
As of 2 p.m. ET, Sandy is located about 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and about 175 miles south-southeast of New York City. Maximum sustained winds from Hurricane Sandy remain near 90 mph with higher gusts. More on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/sandy
Photo: One of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water. (Tom Mihalek / Reuters)

Hurricane Sandy projected to make landfall along southern New Jersey coast by early evening

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along or just south of the southern New Jersey coast by early evening, according to the latest advisory from the National Weather Service.

As of 2 p.m. ET, Sandy is located about 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and about 175 miles south-southeast of New York City. Maximum sustained winds from Hurricane Sandy remain near 90 mph with higher gusts. More on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/sandy

Photo: One of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water. (Tom Mihalek / Reuters)

New York Stock Exchange to close trading floor, trade electronically for storm

Bloomberg News:

The New York Stock Exchange said it will shut its trading floor starting tomorrow and invoke contingency plans to move all trading to NYSE Arca, its electronic exchange, as Hurricane Sandy heads toward the city.

Photo credit: Scott Eells / Bloomberg

New York mass transit to shut down in preparation for Sandy

NBC New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that subways, buses and commuter rails will begin shutting down at 7 p.m. Sunday. Bridges and tunnels will close on a “case by case basis.”

The announcement comes as Hurricane Sandy roars towards the Northeast US; it is expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the southern New Jersey coast.

Photo: Commuters exit the Canal St. A, C and E subway station which was boarded up with plywood to help prevent flooding on Oct. 27 in New York City. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

US Eastern Seaboard braces for Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy closed in on the United States on Saturday eveing as coastal communities along the East Coast scrambled to prepare for torrential rains, high winds, major flooding and power outages.

Governors in nine states in the hurricane’s path declared emergencies, announcing mandatory evacuations of vulnerable areas. New York City officials discussed whether to shut the subway system on Sunday in advance of the storm.

On its current projected track, Sandy could make landfall on Monday night or Tuesday morning anywhere between Maryland and southern New England, forecasters said. Some computer models show a likely landfall between Delaware and the New York/New Jersey area.

The latest on Hurricane Sandy here.