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NYPD: Sandy-Related Death Toll Rises To 43 In NYC

Sandy damage on Staten Island (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sandy damage on Staten Island (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The death toll attributed to superstorm Sandy has risen to 43 in New York City, according to police.

The Medical Examiner’s office determined Saturday’s death of Albert McSwain, 77, to be storm related, making him the 43rd fatality in the five boroughs from the storm.

According to police, McSwain fell down the stairs in his darkened Rockaway Beach apartment building and suffered fatal head and body trauma.

McSwain worked as a custodian at the New York City Police Academy from 1968 until his retirement in 1991, according to the NYPD.

Citywide, the NYPD said one police officer was killed and 78 more were injured in the line of duty due to the storm.

More than 1,000 officers suffered catastrophic damage to their homes, the NYPD said.

Storm-related deaths by borough:

Staten Island: 23
Queens: 11
Brooklyn: 7
Manhattan: 2