When Hurricane Sandy came ashore, it fell to the city’s leaders and the thousands of workers at their command to secure our coasts, to rescue those trapped by water and without power, to help the city rebuild. The Observer spent Monday and Tuesday talking with New York’s top public officials about Hurricane Sandy. These are their experiences in their own words.
Joe Lhota, chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority: I have an app on my iPad that monitors hurricanes on the East Coast. I have always lived on the water. I always watch the app. So when I first got involved in this—it was long before it even hit Jamaica—I knew when it started as a tropical storm, and a hurricane, and a tropical storm, and then a hurricane again.
Joe Bruno, commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management: We follow the weather very closely this time of year as it comes off the tip of Africa, or wherever it develops. This particular storm came out of the southwest of the Caribbean. At 11 a.m. on October 22, we saw a tropical depression. At that point it’s just a depression, and you don’t know much about it. By 6 p.m., it was upgraded already to a tropical storm called Sandy. It continued to strengthen during the next day, and we kept track of it as it moved across Jamaica.
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With the governor taking a hard line on budget negotiations, no one would accuse Andrew Cuomo of being a wimp these days, least of all the real estate industry:
“If any of you know the history of the Cuomo family, it’s either my way or I’m going to screw you,” said Joseph Strasburg, head of Read More
Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much these days, but the Supreme Court’s recent decision to weaken a broad anti-corruption statute was unambiguously unanimous. In ruling that parts of the so-called “honest services” law was far too vague, the Court essentially built on the courtroom cliché that a good prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich. Read More
When Eliot Spitzer took the oath of office on the first day of January 2007, he promised a new day in New York politics. ”This election was not about electing one person as governor,” Mr. Spitzer said.
How right he was!
When Client Number Nine resigned in March of 2008, he ceded the state to Read More
ALBANY—Just before David Paterson’s speech in the financial district about the state’s fiscal woes, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch said he was disappointed in the “ratio of coverage” that ethics reform has gotten in recent days, since former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was convicted Monday of two federal fraud charges.
It has Read More
ALBANY—Joe Bruno is leaving as C.E.O. of the consulting firm where he has been perched since resigning from the State Senate in 2007.
Kris Thompson, a spokesman for CMA Consulting Services in Latham sent out the statement below. Bruno was convicted yesterday on two counts of depiriving the public of an inherent right Read More
ALBANY—Rick Lazio, the only Republican who is openly campaigning for governor, said he was “disappointed in Joe” after his conviction yesterday of federal fraud charges.
Lazio is running to “replace state government,” apparently including the current system of ethics enforcement.
“The conviction of Senator Joe Bruno is sad and tragic for his family. Read More
Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was convicted on two counts in his federal corruption trial yesterday, and according to the Times, at least, that would seem to mean Albany got convicted too.
Early on, the paper ran a story headlined “For Bruno, How Albany Works Is Also on Trial” and then followed it, Read More
ALBANY—One of the more colorful figures to grace the Capitol–and rise to its inner circle of control–has been convicted on two counts in a federal fraud trial. For those who decried the nebulous oversight that has characterized the political culture here for so many years, there is hope for a substantive reform, finally.
“I Read More
ALBANY—Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has been found guilty on two counts in his federal corruption trial, and acquitted on five other counts. Jurors could not reach consensus on another count, Capital News 9 is reporting.
From the Times Union:
The 80-year-old Republican from Brunswick sat quietly as the jury of seven women Read More