Officials estimate as many as eight in ten ocean-front homes on the island were left badly damaged.
Wednesday was filled with devastation, destruction and depression for those living across Long Island, especially in areas like Merrick and Long Beach.
The resort community of Fire Island was one of the first areas to go under a mandatory evacuation order for Hurricane Sandy Sunday afternoon.
At a news conference, Cuomo announced MTA subway service, Metro-North trains and LIRR service will be shut down as of 7 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, final bus service end at 9 p.m.
Suffolk County officials have called for a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island by 2 p.m. Sunday.
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Fire Island, as Suffolk County has declared a state of emergency.
Strong tides and darkness hampered the recovery effort but just after 11 p.m. Saturday night, the plane was lifted up out of the water and the bodies of the two victims inside were recovered.
The U.S. Coast Guard was on the scene Saturday afternoon after a small private plane crashed on the Moriches Inlet on the southern coast of Long Island.
An accumulation of sand has made the popular Fire Island Inlet dangerously shallow, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
For many New Yorkers, summer means weekends on Fire Island — it’s what gets them through the work week, the heat and humidity, the subway and the crowded city streets. Closer than the Hamptons — and pleasantly lacking in pretension and a social caste system — this barrier island off the coast of Long Island is made up of 17 communities that have each developed their own personality.
Simon & Schuster authors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, of The Fire Island Cookbook, share their favorite Fire Island dining spots.
The fire gutted the Pavilion, a popular Fire Island nightspot, and La Fountaine as well as some other businesses in the main commercial area and also spread to a nearby home.
Police say 22 tips have come in since the sketches were released on Tuesday.
On Long Island, about 89,000 customers remain in the dark as of Thursday night, but there is some power progress being made.
Tropical Storm Irene walloped Long Island over the weekend with the winds causing major problems after knocking down trees and power lines.