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Bloomberg: Most NYC Public Housing Residents To Have Power Restored By Saturday

Hurricane Sandy power problems

Linemen from Chain Electric, a contract utility crew that drove in from Mississippi, works to prep a utility pole Nov. 7, 2012 for a new transformer and restore power in Oakwood Beach on Staten Island. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg said most of New York City’s public housing residents should have electricity by Friday night or Saturday.

Speaking Friday on his weekly WOR Radio show, he said their heat should be back early next week.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

“About half the people who haven’t had electricity and heat are in public housing,” he said.

But the mayor said some of the hardest hit were those living in single and two-families homes. He said about 20,000 to 30,000 of those residents are still without power because of water damage to their electrical systems.

“Their problem primarily is that heat and electricity is done by stuff in the basement and the electric panel, once it gets saltwater on it, you cannot turn on electricity to that house until you replace the panel.”

Bloomberg estimated that 1,000 houses in New York City were destroyed during the superstorm and up to 80,000 suffered water damage.

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