Morning Read: ‘Bringing It All Back to Normal’

mr photo getty Morning Read: Bringing It All Back to Normal

Still in the dark. (Photo: Getty)

The New York Times has the latest update on Hurricane Sandy’s damage, which includes a death toll now up to 22 citywide.

Add State Senator David Storobin to the list of pols who have been affected by the storm, as his car in Brighton Beach was destroyed.

State Senator Joe Addabbo’s district office was also pulverized. “While I complain about it for a second, it pales in comparison with what other people have gone through,” he said.

At 9:30 a.m., Mayor Michael Bloomberg will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will take a helicopter tour of the city at 10:00 a.m. and hold a press briefing two and a half hours later. Overall, the city’s political scene fully remains in recovery mode; we could not find any other happenings scheduled.

The Times approved of Mr. Bloomberg’s handling of the storm:

Mayor Bloomberg, who was out of the city when a deadly snowstorm hit in 2010, did it right this time. He and the governors issued strong warnings for what turned out to be a dire storm. Now comes the second and harder part, bringing it all back to normal.

While The New York Post’s editorial board mostly marveled at the spectacle of it all, following up in a second editorial to go after one of its favorite punching bags, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who ruled that New York’s fire department discriminates against minorities.

Here’s The New York Observer’s cover story this week, which, as you might guess, is hurricane-related.