Superstorm Sandy update: Falling temperatures add urgency to recovery.
Falling temperatures on Sunday put more people at risk in a region already battling gasoline shortages, stubborn power outages, and spasms of lawlessness in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
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After at least 10 arrests for line jumping on Friday, the police presence at stations with gas lines was increased Saturday. Still, there was one arrest for disorderly conduct at the armory in Brooklyn, where free gasoline was being distributed.Skip to next paragraph
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And fears about crime, especially at night in darkened neighborhoods, persisted. Officers in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island early Saturday saw a man in a Red Cross jacket checking the front doors of unoccupied houses and arrested him on a burglary charge. After complaints about people posing as utility workers to gain access to people's homes, police on Long Island reminded residents that most repair work will be done outside so legitimate workers usually have no need to enter a home.
More than 2.2 million customers remained without power in several states after Sandy came ashore Monday night.
About 875,000 still don't have electricity in the New York metropolitan area, including about 460,000 on Long Island. About 80 percent of New York City's subway service has been restored.
New York City's parks also reopened Saturday, and with Sunday's marathon canceled, many of the runners who had come to town for the race worked out their frustrations with a jog through Central Park, the site of the finish line that won't be used. A Facebook page invited runners to meet Sunday in the park for a 26.2 mile run and encouraged marathoners to bring food, clothes or money to donate to storm victims.
Bloomberg reversed himself Friday and yielded to mounting criticism about running the race, which starts on hard-hit Staten Island and winds through all five of the city's boroughs.
In his first comments since canceling the marathon, Bloomberg said he'd fought to keep it going but the controversy was becoming "so divisive" and too much of a distraction.
Many runners understood the decision, especially with the death toll from the storm at 107, including 41 in New York City.
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