NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg greeted and thanked ferry workers Monday morning at Whitehall Terminal for their hard work during and after superstorm Sandy.
WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports
“Everybody that I know that takes the ferries thinks we did a great job in getting it back. You did, not me,” Bloomberg told the New York City Department of Transportation employees. “Thank you for doing everything. Hopefully, we’ll get everything back quickly. You certainly got the service going again.”
The Staten Island Ferry resumed service just 72 hours after Sandy hit. The Staten Island Ferry terminal was flooded during the storm but was quickly cleaned up and dried out to give Staten Islanders quick access to Manhattan.
“There was waist-deep water in the terminals,” DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “So it’s really extraordinary that they were able to get it up so quickly.”
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Staten Islanders could only reach Manhattan through New Jersey or Brooklyn.
“It was just surreal, it was just unbelievable. I’ve been here 27 years with the ferries and I’ve never seen anything like that,” said port captain Jeff White.
The mechanical and electrical equipment in the terminal was completely saturated during the storm, causing about $32 million worth of damage, Sadik-Khan said.
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