Boston Sending Emergency Workers to New York for Sandy Relief
Boston Sending Emergency Workers to NYC to Help With Sandy Relief. The mayor’s office announced the plans in a November 2 statement:
Volunteers from the City’s Office of Emergency Management will fill logistics and planning positions at New York’s Emergency Operations Center, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) employees will assist in running an emergency shelter. Boston Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Justin Brown has already traveled to New York to provide support. The group will remain in New York for seven to 14 days. The City will also provide three generators to the New York City Fire Department.
Employees volunteering from the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management are Ronald Bashista, Sean Grady, and Carmela Hinderaker. … Ten certified shelter managers from BCYF will be assigned to run a shelter upon arrival in NYC.
“We stand with our brothers and sisters in New York during this difficult time,” Mayor Menino said in the statement. “Boston was fortunate to be spared most of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, and I’m so proud of our volunteers who are willing to put their own lives on hold and lend their expertise and services to those in need.” The group departs on Saturday for NYC.
Expect Traffic and Mayhem from Mitt Romney’s Visit to Boston on Election Night. Jim Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, sent a letter warning residents—especially those in South Boston and Fort Point—of the impact that Romney’s visit on Election Night could have on the area surrounding the Convention Center. “US Secret Service, State and Boston police may require road closures around the facility at various times during the event,” Rooney wrote. “These closures will likely impact only the immediate roads around the convention center, but if kept in place for a period of time, they could impact traffic,” he said. “We are working with all parties to ensure any impact is minimal.” [BostInno]
That Free Pre-Election Aerosmith Concert on Commonwealth Ave. is Monday. The band will perform at 1325 Comm. Ave. in front of their old apartment. [CBS]
Experts Say Boston Could See More Severe Storms. “Sandy is a wake-up call,” Ellen Douglas, associate professor of hydrology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, told the Globe. Douglas, in tandem with the Boston Harbor Association, created a few maps that show parts of the city under water if a 5-foot storm surge hits during high tide, a less severe scenario than hit Manhattan. [Boston.com]
Rezwan Ferdaus Gets 17 Years for Remote-Controlled Airplane Plot. Ferdaus, who pleaded guilty to a slew of terrorism-related charges, was sentenced on Thursday for his plot to attack the Pentagon and US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. with remote-controlled airplanes loaded with explosives. [NBC]