‘Magical’ M.T.A. highlights failures elsewhere

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The M.T.A. is coming off well in its performance since Hurricane Sandy, continuing right through this week's northeaster.

The same can't be said for the other agencies and utilities companies responsible for getting the city and region up and running again.  

The Times editorial board said Mayor Michael Bloomberg's explanation for why some New York City Housing Authority buildings still don't have power "sounds late and insufficient," and that he needs to "redouble his efforts to help those most in need."

And, citing the city's handling of Hurricane Sandy, a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit alleging New York City failed to provide adequate help to disabled residents during the previous hurricane.

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Meanwhile, it's only a matter of time before pressure starts building on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is justifiably taking credit for the performance of his transit appointee, to take responsibility for the performances of the LIPA and Con Ed, which have not been impressive.

Transit advocate Gene Russianoff said that the M.T.A. has executed something bordering on "magic," proving that it is possible to plan for and respond well to an emergency of unthinkable proportions.

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The story of the M.T.A. response. [Matt Flegenheimer]

New York's members of Congress want more federal aid for storm relief without having the money be offset by budget cuts as Congress deals with the looming fiscal cliff. [Andrew Grossman]

An editorial board complains about public housing conditions after the storm. [New York Times]

"U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said Shashank Tripathi…should be punished for the false tweets he made during Hurricane Sandy." [Rebecca Henely]

From Capital

There was a Republican who could have beaten Obama. [Blake Zeff]

What will Andrew Cuomo do without Dean Skelos in the room? [Azi Paybarah]

An assemblyman whose district overlaps with State Senator Jeff Klein's says he "hopes" his colleague doesn't let Republicans control the Senate. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."

8:05 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls into The John Gambling Show on WOR710. It's streaming live here and here.

Noon. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer meets with tenants of Waterside Plaza, at 30 Waterside Plaza, in Manhattan.

1 p.m. Stringer joins the Lower Manhattan Elected Officials Hurricane Sandy Task Force, Legal Aid Society, the New York City Housing Authority and others to host an information and resource clinic for LES NYCHA residents, at the Rutgers Houses, 200 Madison Avenue, in Manhattan.

3 p.m. Stringer attends Rep. Nydia Velazquez's Emergency Relief Forum for Small Businesses, at 62 Mott Street, in Manhattan.

2012

President Obama cried a little thanking campaign workers in Chicago. [David Nakamura]

John Boehner says "Obamacare is the law of the land." [John Parkinson]

States are scrambling to meet the law's requirements. [Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear]

Republicans are beginning a broad review, with lots of polls and focus groups, to figure out what went wrong and how to broaden the party's appeal. [Peter Wallsten]

Sean Hannity says he's "evolved" to support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. [Mackenzie Weinger

Not everyone is evolving on the issue. [Maggie Haberman]

Washington

A tabloid editorial board said voter referendums that legalized same-sex marriage prove the legitimacy of putting such issues on the ballot for voters, rather than having them decided by activist judges. [Wall Street Journal]

Art for Bloomberg BusinessWeek's story on a "what if" Mitt Romney story. [Flickr]

2013 / City Hall

After announcing a gas-rationing system for New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the gas shortage could last a couple of weeks here. [Winnie Hu]

A class-action lawsuit alleging New York City failed to prepare for the needs of disabled residents during Hurricane Irene is allowed to proceed, a federal judge ruled this week. [Benjamin Weiser]

"Foreshadowing his emerging role as a national political kingmaker, or, at least, campaign bankroller…" [Sam Roberts]

Advocates say Hurricane Sandy demonstrated wood boardwalks better protect against sand erosion than plastic and concrete. [Will Bredderman]

Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he doesn't want to get involved in the leadership fight in the New York State Senate. [Ken Lovett and Glenn Blain]

A detailed account of how the M.T.A. prepared for Hurricane Sandy and got the trains back on line faster than anyone imagined. [Matt Flegenheimer]

More complaints about the power companies. [Daily News]

"Superstorm, superstupid" [Daily News]

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