WNYC Senior Reporter Bob Hennelly talks about President Obama's visit to Paterson and the holiday weekend flood cleanup.
I appreciate Bob Hennelly's mentioning how the loss of wetlands makes more land susceptible to flooding--that's the 1st time I've heard it pointed out in the coverage of the storm's effects. Even the clip played to support that statement seemed to be more about "don't build where floods are likely" than about "don't reduce the buffer areas against floods."
My family and I piled in the car to try to see the President. It was hard to get exact information as to where and when he'd be there, so we missed him by 15 minutes...and we went to the Falls instead of to north Main Street. I brought a home made sign "Thank you Mr. President for Fighting for us!" Everybody I passed on the street wanted to take my picture and talk about how much we admire this President! I think your callers who were disappointed about his short visit are not realistic about the demands on his time...When was the last time you remember a President coming to Wayne or Paterson after a flood, guys? The last time a President was in Paterson was in the 70s - Gerald Ford- I was there with my mom. Even though we are diehard Democrats, we were thrilled to see a President and we've always been respectful of the office.
Let's see, Gov. Christie the Republican takes the weekend off at the Shore and lets the federal govt checks pour in. Gov. Cuomo rolls up his sleeves and joins volunteer effort. And the GOP has this anti-Washington attitude? Actions, Mr. Christie, speak louder than words. Republicans are only against the federal govt and its spending when it supports something they don't agree with. In my book that makes them hypocrites.
Civilized people should live in cities, and only visit the countryside on weekends and vacations, not the other way around. I think this whole excessive suburbanization and even this living in forests, flood plains, below sea level, and on the side of cliffs is now all caving in to haunt us. It all required massive infrastructure we can no longer afford to maintain.
Caller Heather - what should he have done? Washed your feet? The President can't win with you people..if he had not come at all then that also would have been a problem...the nerve of you "I wasn't impressed"..then you should have stayed home.
OEM for NY city called me in to help run hurricane shelters -- I'm a journalist with emergency health care background.
if it was a more serious storm a lot could have gone very wrong -- we are very vulnerable.
Much chaos, no organization, many many homeless people in the shelters, no direction, no social service resources, no one really in charge-- I helped with care for 2 day old baby, people on psych meds, the elderly, the disabled, I worked for 41 hours for 3 days -- full article on Capital NY:
Grace Amid Chaos and Desperation: Medic Inside A NYC Hurricane Shelter
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