We have a new pope, a new mayor-elect and more time to enjoy those large, sugary drinks. Here are our picks for the 13 biggest news stories from 2013, in order of when they occurred.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer is advocating for better planning and increased funding for flood-prone urban areas.
A group of good Samaritans have come together to help a Long Island family that was forced to move back into their Sandy-damaged home.
“The year was – and for years to come will likely be – dominated by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” the group’s Gene Russianoff said in a statement.
Tom and Maureen Johnson, both 54, have been living with their two daughters, 11-year-old Viktoria and 12-year-old Stephanie, in rental homes for the past 13 months.
This week WLNY’s Toni Senecal is getting in the holiday spirit. She hit DUMBO and Red Hook to take care of some shopping and did her part to help out Superstorm Sandy victims who were still working to rebuild.
A non-profit organization has opened a charity store on Staten Island that will spend the season providing gifts to Superstorm Sandy victims.
About 150 students from PS 197 in the Rockaways were greeted by Santa’s elves as they arrived for the trip of a lifetime.
The New York Rising program was set up by the state to help victims of Superstorm Sandy rebuild, but many have said the program has failed to deliver.
The Diakou family decided to donate the 85-foot Norwegian Spruce to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston after it was cut down.
The steel sea wall is meant as a short-term protective measure, to be complemented by an extensive beach widening and dune construction project being planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Some victims of Superstorm Sandy were wondering when they would be able to go home at this time a year ago, and many were still waiting a year later.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano helped organize the dinner and in between bites he heard from Sandy victims about the difficulties that they have faced in getting government grant money.
The Marines unloaded more than 2,000 turkeys donated by Stop & Shop for the upcoming holidays.
Two neighborhood residents drowned when Sandy struck. Rushing floodwaters knocked down 20 houses. Most of the rest were badly damaged.