January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday set a Jan. 15 vote on a Superstorm Sandy relief bill after enraged Northeast politicians - including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a fellow Republican - blasted the speaker for skipping action on disaster aid in the final hours of the current Congress. Boehner scheduled the vote after a parade of officials from storm-ravaged New York, New Jersey and Connecticut criticized the Ohio Republican for refusing to allow a vote on a $60-billion aid package before the end of this congressional session.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.
December 20, 2012 |
Designer Rebecca Minkoff gathered a cast of fashionistas for her annual holiday video card, posted on YouTube. Minkoff, Leandra Medine (aka the Man Repeller), blogger Bryan Boy, actress Odette Annable, model Michelle Ouellet, Teen Vogue associate editor Andrew Bevan and DJ Cassidy dance and lip-sync to Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas. " Enjoy! [The Cut] The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue organized an auction and raised $1.7 million for Superstorm Sandy relief.
December 19, 2012 |
In the days following Superstorm Sandy, Dutch photographer Iwan Baan snapped a startling aerial image of the darkened New York skyline. The photograph, which depicts Lower Manhattan plunged into a black out, was featured on the cover of New York magazine's Nov. 12 issue. Baan is now planning to sell limited-edition copies of "The City and the Storm" to benefit the relief effort in New York. The edition of 10 will be sold for $100,000 each to benefit the Mayor's Fund To Advance New York City in support of Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- New housing starts fell 3% in November from the previous month as Superstorm Sandy kept builders from breaking ground in the Northeast, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. But the number of building permits issued, a sign of future activity, rose 3.6% last month compared with October. It was the highest level in more than four years and an indication that the housing market is continuing its strong rebound despite Sandy's effects. Compared with a year earlier, housing starts and building permits were up sharply.
December 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats took to the floor Monday to defend a $60.4-billion aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy against critiques from Republicans and conservative organizations. The Club for Growth, a prominent conservative nonprofit group, urged senators to vote against the Sandy relief bill, calling it a “textbook response by Congress,” and promised that it would include the relief vote in its year-end scorecards . “They cobble together an overpriced bill that isn't paid for, there's no accountability or oversight and it's filled with pork,” the Club for Growth said Monday.
December 13, 2012 |
Critiquing the broadcast of the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert on Wednesday night is like assessing the food at a bake sale: Maybe the muffins are oversalted or the cookies are stale, but that's not the point. The point is charity and drawing attention to the cause. In the case of the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, broadcast on dozens of cable networks, radio stations and websites, the goal was raising money for Superstorm Sandy relief, and the players were some of the monumental names of baby boomer rock and their progeny: the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Roger Waters, Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder.
December 12, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - About a month ago, Lori Rebimbas stood inside the darkened ruins of her flooded house and wept. When the mother of two returned last week there were no tears. “I'm done crying,” she said. In the days and weeks after the storm , Rebimbas, 41, felt stranded. A Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector had deemed her home uninhabitable. Her two cars had flooded. Her family had nowhere to stay, and with many along the Jersey Shore scrambling for rentals , Rebimbas was afraid she would have to move and pull her two boys out of school in Point Pleasant.
December 12, 2012 |
A massive designer sample sale, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, is being staged for the benefit of East Coast communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Just in time for some fashion-forward holiday shopping, a charitable organization called Fashion Girls for Humanity has organized the two-day sale at the Cooper Design Center, with 100% of proceeds -- that's the admission fee as well as all funds generated from the sale of items -- going to two nonprofit groups working to rebuild the affected areas; Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water . We're told more than 100 designers' wares will be on offer, and judging by the impressive roster of luxury brands on the list, the event could raise some serious dough.
December 11, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - The Rev. John Durante knows the challenge of rebuilding after a storm is not just physical, but emotional. While leading volunteers on a mission to clean homes ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, the 47-year-old pastor has tried to reason with homeowners unwilling, or unable, to let go of damaged possessions. He draws on his background as a former sales rep and general contractor. "A lot of them are still in denial," said Durante, who heads Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel.