Briefing: It's taking too long for the public to get electricity and, apparently, pictures of Andrew Cuomo with storm victims
9:42 am Sep. 1, 2011
The longer a recovery takes, the greater the chance that the people working on it will become the story. Today seems to be a bit of a day of reckoning.
The slow restoration of electricity to "swaths of the Northeast," the New York Times notes in a lengthy story, "prompted a lot of grumbling from elected officials and their constituents, most of it aimed at big utility companies."
Newsday describes in painful detail the shortcomings of the Long Island Power Authority, which half-acknowledged that their "two-decade old plan" to decentralize the response to the storm has led to "30 separate, nearly independent run repair utility substations." Also, "A text-messaging system planned a year ago still wasn't ready for prime time." So, a mess.
A P.R.-based cross-Hudson comparison leaves Cuomo, surprisingly, the worse for wear, with Marcia Kramer pointing out that it took three days until we had "the first pictures of Cuomo actually getting up close and personal with storm victims." Sheinkopf, who has at various times earned a living needling Andrew Cuomo (or "Andy," as Sheinkopf used to call him) gets his moment here, saying Christie has "become the new regional governor."
Instead of rushing to provide emergency assistance, freshman Representative Nan Hayworth said, the federal government should take steps to ensure that additional federal disaster funds are offset by spending cuts.
In the hard-hit upstate town of Prattsville, Governor Cuomo and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assessed the damage, and the "months" it will take for the recovery was seen simply as as testament to the storm's ferociousness. No bad guys, really. The Buffalo News said flatly in their headline, "Storm cleanup will take months." Inside the story: "'Be safe,' a National Guardsman said after waving one reporter past."
The same goes for "thousands, mainly in hard-hit Ulster," according to the Herald-Record, where people "might have to wait until Sunday for electricity."
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's cheerleading of his borough gets some validation, as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand ask the federal government to include "all" counties in the state for federal disaster relief. Brooklyn is the only one in the city not have been promised any. The fact Brooklyn sustained less damage than any other borough is not overplayed.
THE TRUE VICTIMS, THOUGH: PUMPKIN SHOPPERS at NYC green markets.
IN THE NY-9 RACE, A CURIOUS DEVELOPMENT: REPUBLICAN BOB TURNER got the endorsement of the Daily News for Congress, largely because he "accepts the truth that America cannot climb out of its hole without reforming Medicare and Social Security." But "reforming" entitlement programs really means cutting them back, which is what the handlers of Democrat David Weprin have been dying to make this race about all along.
"Damn it, get it straight" Turner snapped at a debate last night. Then, this line: "He acknowledged his plan to cut the federal budget by 35% would mean later retirement ages and higher co-pays for future retirees."
Irene: The recovery will take months. [Tom Precious]
Irene: "Thousands" in Ulster may be without power until Sunday. [Steve Israel]
Crime: "More than 317K people were stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked from 1/1 to 6/30, NYPD stats show." [Joe Kemp]
NY-9: Turner barks at Weprin, then admits his plan to cut the budget means shrinking entitlement programs "down the line." [Reuven Blau]
NY-9: "Weprin spox Elizabeth Kerr wouldn't say whether the candidate has sought or will seek Obama's endorsement." [Erik Kriss]
City Hall: Deputy Mayor quit after being arrested in a domestic violence incident with his wife. "Bloomberg was informed of the arrest, and Goldsmith then resigned." [Goldenberg, Margolin and Mangan]
Buffalo: "He has gone from being in office for purpose, to being in office for power," a former commissioner said of the Buffalo mayor. [Brian Meyer]
Primary: A G.O.P. town supervisor is facing a challenge from a candidate who is also seeking to run on the Democratic, Independent and Conservative lines. [Dennis Phillips]
Media: Former governor Paterson gets a radio show on WOR. [Ken Lovett]
Media: Paterson will be on during prime-time. [Erik Kriss]