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Hurricane Plan Takes a Hit at Council Hearing

Monday, September 26, 2005

Elected officials ripped into New York city's hurricane evacuation plan today at a City Council hearing.

REPORTERS: After listening to testimony from the head of the city's Office of Emergency Management, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky harshly criticized the plan, saying some parts of it are, quote, "bizarre."

BRODSKY: The lines of communication are not clear. The assets may not be available. The plan is not effectively or efficiently put forward. Special populations are not protected.

REPORTER: City Councilmembers, including Speaker Gifford Miller, also questioned whether the elderly, the sick, and the poor were adequately provided for under the city's plan. OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno said that, "No one in New York City will be left behind" and he promised to work with the City Council to make possible changes.

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