STATEN ISLAND — Ferry service to and from Staten Island — one of New York's most devastated communities in the wake of deadly Hurricane Sandy — resumed at noon Friday, city officials said.
The first ferry departed from St. George's Terminal, and is scheduled for trips back and forth to Manhattan's Whitehall Terminal every half-hour for the rest of the day, returning some normalcy to the storm-ravaged borough.
The ferry will resume its regular service starting Saturday, and have a modified schedule on Sunday because of the New York City Marathon — a race that's garnered much criticism as thousands of New Yorkers continue to suffer through the storm's aftermath.
More information about the ferry service can be found on the Department of Transportation's website.
Twenty people, nearly half of those reported dead, were residents of Staten Island, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management.
DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan rode the inaugural ferry ride this afternoon
“With crews working nonstop to get ferry service up and running, Staten Islanders can now show that the hurricane cannot take the wind out of this borough’s sails,” Sadik-Khan said in a statement. “The return of Staten Island Ferry service provides a critical transportation and economic link for Staten Islanders.”