Hurricane Gamma

Hurricane season is almost over, but not for Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. Nor for city Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Bruno, who has been repeatedly badgered to cough up specifics of what would happen if a hurricane were to hit New York. Brodsky has subpoenaed Bruno to produce more documents about the city’s evacuation in time for a legislative hearing Monday.

“It appears that the city simply paid no attention to weather-related evacuations over the last five years,” Brodsky, a candidate for attorney general, said in a press release. “The number of people to be evacuated and sheltered was underestimated, there was no plan for evacuating people in nursing homes or hospitals, public employees were never notified or trained to know what their responsibilities are, and the public education campaign was at best inadequate among a series of other serious problems.”

-Matthew Schuerman