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  •  I'm proud of NYC's OEM and the NYC MTA (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    - they have done a few things extraordinarily well.

    More than a million people lived in mandatory evacuation zones in NJ, NY, CT, and only about a hundred people died as a direct result of the storm. That is evidence of good public policy, good planning, and very good execution.

    But there are some notable failures - the utility situation is a growing scandal. They were clearly un-prepared and Con Ed, for example, has been delivering power to NYC for 180 years. They have more experience than anyone, but we have power outtages every summer somewhere, even for relatively minor storms and heat waves.

    Part of the reason is the complexity - many building have electricity but haven't had steam restored, which is used for heat, hot water, and elevators.

    The fuel situation is another gap. The port of NY was closed completely until Friday after the storm. The mayor should have started fuel priority rationing right from the beginning, and it would have saved a lot of people waiting in line for hours only to not get any gas.  All that waiting was time lost on cleaning up, time lost from work, time that was especially precious right now for those people.

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