"We needed road flares for post-storm coverage complicated by the long gas lines that had formed on streets round gas station," said the NYPD's chief spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne. "We were inundated with contributions through Intelligence Division's Sentry Program."
Utility companies are still struggling to restore heat and electricity to 930,783 customers without power in six states, the Energy Department reported Tuesday afternoon, a decrease of nearly 43,000 customers since that morning.
The need for power is especially acute as a Nor'easter is expected to bring gusty winds and rain this week to the already hard-hit region.
Gov. Christie said of the utility companies that "Hurricane Chris may come at the end of the week if they don't do their job."
Meanwhile drivers are still waiting in line for gas across the Northeast, with fuel in short supply in the areas hit hardest by Sandy.
Christie praised Hess this week for restoring nearly all its gas stations and distributing gas to competitors so drivers could have greater access.
ABC News' Richard Esposito contributed to this report.