Mayor Bloomberg Response to Hurricane Sandy is Inadequate


With only a few days to go before the election a large part of New York City’s boroughs are still without power. Will voting be an issue? Of course it will. Power is “said” to be fully restored by the 10 of November, the elections are on the 6. That is only a few days away. Where is the urgency? 

We have already seen the government’s pitiful response to Hurricane Katrina, how bad will New York have to get until the government steps in? The state of affairs in response to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy looks to be moving in nothing short of slow motion. New York City's Mayor Bloomberg even had the gall to open the New York City schools for teachers to come in on Friday, November 2. Most principals let the teachers go home by the early afternoon. Is the mayor aware of the teachers that commute to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, from elsewhere? Is the issue of the gas shortage raising any eyebrows? Does Mayor Bloomberg care about the working man/woman? His track record would prove a solid no. Beyond the antipathy shown by Mayor Bloomberg, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is estimated at a horrendous 635,000 customers still without power, and Con Ed customers still in the dark at about 570,000. It has now been five days of darkness. My Long Island contacts without power tell me that crews haven’t been seen for days at areas where the outages have taken place. Senior citizens, families, children, and pets, are all suffering at the lack of competent action that has been shown.