“There is no storm, no fire, no terrorist act that can destroy the spirit of our city, and keep us from looking forward envisioning a better tomorrow.”
Um, that’s right Bloomberg.
Only lack of government preparedness before the storm, neglect for the city’s poorest residents, and a lack of shelters with running water and heat can destroy the spirit of our city… And only in the outer boroughs where your friends don’t live… in places that the majority of New Yorkers will never see.
Time magazine has a piece on how Hurricane Sandy fundamentally changed the relationship between Occupy Wall Street and New York City government, thanks to the fact that Bloomberg et al have relied so heavily on OWS offshoot Occupy Sandy to keep citizens alive in the weeks after the storm.
It’s a great story that lays out why the City needs Occupy. But what it doesn’t touch on much is the fact that Occupy in many ways needs the city, too; and that some of the best moments in the relief effort have come when the city has provided resources that the grassroots movement will never have. Sometimes this came in the form of giving Occupy Sandy resources to push out through its massive grassroots distribution network; and sometimes it came in the form of police officers and the National Guard providing security at sites where the group had set up donation centers.
If this truce only lasts as long as the hurricane clean up effort, then not only will NYC government continue to have a gaping hole in its emergency response plan, Occupy will have missed an opportunity to influence, in a more permanent way, how the city treats citizens. Certainly Occupy has shown that there’s a faster, more humane way to help people in need. The group can continue to push that agenda as a band of outsiders, but a seat at the table can be a very powerful thing.
Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and Comptroller Liu today announced a $500 million emergency plan to repair public schools and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The plan calls for an appropriation of $200 million for the Department of Education and $300 million for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. School and hospital repair needs include structural restorations, new boilers, new electrical systems, roof repairs, flood remediation and more.
“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the City has been working around-the-clock to meet the needs of people living in the areas that were hit hardest – like the Rockaways, Staten Island, Red Hook and Coney Island. And every day, we’re expanding our efforts.
“For the last ten days, we’ve been providing food, water and other necessities to people living in the hardest-hit areas.