Power Restored to 30,000 in NYC

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg views damage in the Breezy Point area of Queens in New York on October 30, 2012 after fire destroyed about 80 homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy which hit the area on October 29. The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 35 in the United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people remained missing, officials said. Officials in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia all reported deaths from the massive storm system, while Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeast, the region is beginning a long and expensive road to recovery. As mass transit began some operations again, trading on the Stock Exchange resumed and two major airports reopened, New York Mayor Bloomberg said "we are on our way back to normal." Con Edison reported Wednesday night it's restored power to about 30,000 New Yorkers, but for many, the lights remained off. There are still about 227,000 customers without power in Manhattan, 113,000 in Queens, 100,000 in Staten Island, 74,000 in Brooklyn, and 38,000 in the Bronx. On the bright side, New York subways will resume partial service Thursday, and schools will resume next week. Even Halloween will be celebrated 'normally' in New Jersey, where Governor Chris Christie postponed festivities until Monday.