STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—While large parts of Staten Island remain without power, the electricity is back on today at Division 726 FCU there, which spent three days in the dark.
Manager Robert Teraskiewicz told Credit Union Journal that the $9-million, 2,000-member credit union is away from the water and sustained no damage, but many homes nearby are damaged. No employees' houses were damaged, though some still do not have power at home.
"The mood is pretty normal right now," he said. "Everything is getting back to normal for employees and we're getting back to work. It's been a pretty normal day today."
Teraskiewicz said that large parts of Staten Island are still without power and may not be back online until Tuesday. But power outages didn't stop Division 726 from serving members.
"We just came here and crossed our fingers and hoped that the power was going to come back on," said Teraskiewicz. "We ordered a generator, but unfortunately it didn't come until today."
He said that despite opening the CU, things were pretty quiet while the power was out. "We didn't have members coming in and the phones were out, so we weren't even getting phone calls."
Teraskiewicz said that the credit union has learned plenty of lessons from Sandy.
"We have the generator, and we're looking into another system where we can go on gas power and switch over in an emergency," he said. "The biggest problem was no electric. Without our power we were dead in the water."
In New York City, Muncipal Credit Union's downtown headquarters remains closed as that area of Manhattan remains without power.