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Mayor: Feds Failed On Katrina Response (Bloomberg)
1010 WINS AM ^ | 9/4/05 | 1010 WINS

Posted on 09/04/2005 7:22:25 PM PDT by chet_in_ny

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday that the federal government's handling of Hurricane Katrina has been "inadequate," and said more aid, including police officers and firefighters, was en route to Louisiana.

The Republican mayor, who usually treads carefully when it comes to commenting on the Bush administration, told reporters that the president himself was aware of the government's failings.

"It would appear, and I think the president acknowledged, that the federal government's response has been inadequate," Bloomberg told reporters at City Hall.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said 150 police officers, plus support vehicles, were to leave for the region Monday, in addition to 172 officers sent on Saturday. The mayor said some police officers will be federalized, which gives them the same powers as local authorities "to provide much needed law enforcement to keep people safe in and around New Orleans."

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday requested 300 New York firefighters. They were to leave Monday to help fight fires and search for survivors. He said hundreds of firefighters had already volunteered before they were asked.

"We received many inquiries from our people about what they could do and could they volunteer," Scoppetta said.

The new wave of rescue workers joins an urban search and rescue team of police, firefighters and city emergency personnel already sent to the South, plus three Fire Department chiefs highly trained in disaster management.

Transit workers and buses were also dispatched to help move survivors from New Orleans to Dallas and Little Rock, Ark.

Bloomberg, who was elected to his first term less than two months after the Sept. 11 attack as fires still raged in the World Trade Center ruins, said New York officials have much to offer — not only in aid, but also experience.

"Some things they probably haven't thought about, but they're things that we know you might need," he said.

One lesson New York has learned, he said, is that officials should be tending to victims at the same time as they are collecting information about the disaster, and not afterward. Those who respond to disasters should be well-trained and able to respond immediately based on what they encounter, he said.

Bloomberg said he has reached out to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, but has not been able to get in touch. He did speak with Mayor Bill White of Houston, where thousands of refugees are being sent.

Bloomberg said he is confident in New York City's disaster preparedness because of "highly motivated, highly skilled people that cooperate, that practice and that have the communications and tranportation facilities that they will need."

"New York's level of sophistication in terms of planning and the ability to deal with crises I think is excellent, and we're always trying to make it better."

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blahblahblah; blamegame; bloomberg; flake; incompetentass; katrina; lightweight; nyc
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To: kentanthony
I thought the Mayor of NYC was a Liberal?

He is. He only ran as a Republican because only a communist can win the DemocRAT nomination in the NYC DemocRAT primary.

82 posted on 09/04/2005 10:40:28 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: brytlea

I have noticed that dems don't tend to eat their own, but repubs do. What the heck is wrong with these people?

If I recall correctly, Loonberg is a democrat who knew he couldn't get the dem nomination, so ran as a rino, and bought the election with a lot of his own millions.

84 posted on 09/04/2005 11:42:42 PM PDT by The Foolkiller ( Why......That sounds.....FOOLish!)
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To: LowNslow
The way I see it The Orleans Hurricane Evacuation Plan Was not implemented correctly. Which falls back on the City Officials in charge. If they had said Friday buses will be at locations so and so. The city will be fully evacuated (with exceptions of very sick or helpless who will be moved to a more secure area.) When a bus leaves it will be back in x number of hours. Any looters will be shoot on the spot (their is no need to loot food or water before or during the evacuation.)
The mayor is fully responsible for the failure. All the shouting is a smoke screen to CYA their PC failure. Somebody(s) need to be jailed for life over this big mess. And it is not BUSH nor any personal in Federal Office. Why the hell didn't the Governor of the state step in when he saw the foot dragging in the city of N.O. before the storm hit. Everyone saw the weather reports 24/7. Way before the storm hit the city. Why didn't the Media point out on Friday that N.O. was not following its Planned Evacuation? Now that would have been NEWS. One other question. Why didn't the Mayor of N.O. ask surrounding cits and towns for Transportation. Also at the same time request help from the locals to drive the buses in the city. With schools ready to start in Sept. Did the local schools have drivers all ready identified and routes lay ed out. I bet the school boards do not wait until 18 hours before school start to get the drivers needed for the school year.
Had the call gone out on Friday,using all available mass media. Their would have been more drivers then buses to drive. Bet city has a pool of city drivers too. All police cars have built in Bullhorns. Send them out asking for assistance to drive buses and to meet at so and so for assignments. Yes I agree much of what I stated my be considered hindsight. But maybe their is some foresight in it too. A OUNCE of PREVENTION is WORTH a POUND of CURE.
That whole mess up big time just pi$$es me off and makes my blood boil.
85 posted on 09/04/2005 11:53:26 PM PDT by Don_Ret_USAF ("OWN A GUN - Better to be judged by twelve, then carried by six.")
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To: Diddle E. Squat
How many refugees has NYC agreed to temporarily house? Several TX cities are giving up convention dollars to meet the needs of this disaster, why can't NYC?

Hrm, let's think about this... TX, a few hours away by bus... NY, 12 hours away by bus. Now where are you gonna send refugees? Come on... which number makes more sense? I know you can do this! We're gonna be so proud of your logical thinking skills if you can! Come on... I see the smoke comin off that brain of yours....
86 posted on 09/05/2005 9:07:10 AM PDT by Bulwark
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To: kublia khan

No problem! :-)

87 posted on 09/05/2005 9:25:05 AM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: Chode
...and my standard reply lately is...

88 posted on 09/05/2005 9:55:08 AM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: martin_fierro doubt. What's mayor "Punk @$$ Gangbanger" Nagin say about this? :-)

89 posted on 09/05/2005 9:56:18 AM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: moehoward
Good article. I've been saying pretty much the same thing for the past several days. This all reminded me of the riots in LA when the products of our welfare state were shooting at Firemen and paramedics that were responding to fires and those wounded.

Yep. The author sums up what we've all been saying in various ways and forms since the violence down there at NOLA erupted.

Once again....everybody needs to read THIS...
90 posted on 09/05/2005 10:24:22 AM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: Bulwark

Instead of launching into ignorant snarkiness, perhaps you should have first read a bit more of the news. Many refugees are being flown out, to Utah, Arizona, and soon even California, all further away than NYC Michigan is taking in 10,000, Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Massachusetts have all agreed to house refugees.

91 posted on 09/05/2005 10:27:16 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat (Gone, gone with the waves....)
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To: chet_in_ny

You have named it. He is going after the Dem vote, distancing himself from the president and trying not to look like the only candidate who is too proper to spit on Bush.

92 posted on 09/05/2005 10:38:52 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: HitmanNY
You want the guy who promises a stock-transfer tax? That will hurt all the rest of the country too.
93 posted on 09/05/2005 10:42:04 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: chet_in_ny

Fifty percent of Dominicans in NYC vote. That is high for a Hispanic group. They are politically aware people.

94 posted on 09/05/2005 10:45:24 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

I think he is the favorite to win, as in I expect him to be the winner.

Bloomie vs Ferrer is an awful race.

95 posted on 09/05/2005 10:45:43 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: Diddle E. Squat

They have. Probably Governors' Island. Plus a huge bunch of NYPD and FDNY have gone down there.

96 posted on 09/05/2005 10:49:54 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Bulwark

The distance isn't the problem. Some refugees are going to Portland, Oregon.

97 posted on 09/05/2005 10:51:20 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: HitmanNY
But Ferrer promising a cool billion in new taxes. For me, that is sufficient information to qualify him for a good neurologist. You're supposed to promise not to raise taxes. Imagine what Freddy will do when he gets in there: he has a mandate to tax. Much as Bloomberg is an idiot, I can't see having an idiot who will tax us blind.
98 posted on 09/05/2005 10:55:28 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

I can see NYC electing one, easy.

99 posted on 09/05/2005 10:56:38 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: Clemenza

Thanks for the ping. I was spitting toast particles when I saw this in the Post this morning. Comments above.

100 posted on 09/05/2005 10:57:44 AM PDT by firebrand
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