Back in September, Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan to have the NYPD lead the city’s coordinated response to a major disaster, making it official that Commissioner Ray Kelly, and not Joseph Bruno, Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management, was the city’s security and emergency management tsar.
But today, in the wake of the M&M-in-hot-air-balloon-float-smashing-lamppost-at-the-2005-Thanksgiving-Day -Parade disaster, the Mayor announced that Mr. Bruno would have his own task force to chair.
“I am appointing a task force to investigate the incident to determine if proper procedures were followed,” the Mayor said in a statement. “The task force will work with Macy’s and produce a report which will recommend possible changes in procedures if any are determined to be necessary. I have asked Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo and Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno to co-chair the task force.”