Sandy lived up to all of the superlatives ascribed to her. She unfurled her wrath so slowly and completely that it seemed almost unreal at times. But as the days wear on and Long Island attempts to clear the rubble and assess the damage, the ultimate reality is upon us: We are ill-prepared for changes in weather patterns that foretell greater strength and frequency of storms like this.
The loss of life from Sandy was minimal but no less devastating to those affected. The babies who were welcomed during the storm affirm the resiliency of life and nature.
The Long Island Press operation was disrupted along with thousands of other small businesses on Long Island and throughout the region. Despite our best efforts to prepare, our ability to publish an issue this week was unfortunately hampered too severely. As such, our reporters have remained mostly in the field, focusing on providing as much timely and relevant information for our website and sharing critical updates to Facebook and Twitter.
While the printed newspaper will come out next week, it will be past Election Day. Therefore, our 2012 Election Guide will also appear online along with a story on voter suppression issues around the nation. We regret the inconvenience to our readers and our advertisers, and we appreciate your continuing support as we all cope with this unprecedented event.
As the Island begins to heal, we pray for those who lost everything. There have already been extraordinary stories of kindness from neighbors and heroism from first responders. Let’s keep them coming. Sandy may have physically altered our beautiful Island, but she cannot change our character.
Jed Morey, Publisher, Long Island Press