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November 26, 2012


Dearest Andy is a Republican in gay marriage clothing, and I fervently wish Mario had exposed him on a hillside at birth. Andy is all-in for the austerity crap, and we in the Finger Lakes are fighting tooth and nail against fracking and for our water.

I just wanted you to know that the whole "Ed Blakely was appointed" journalistic nightmare may in fact be a badly timed rumor. Governor Cuomo has not announced this appointment, and has not spoken of it.

Though, I can promise you that there have been many calls to local reps, to the Mayor Bloomberg, and to Gov. Cuomo, just in case this has any truth.

Ha! If that's the case, I promise you the source of those rumors is Blakely himself trying to get his name in the mix.

I don't remember about Blakely and Katrina. There are 2 things in your links that really caught my eye (one positive, one negative) admittedly a knee jerk reaction to short quotes which might not accurately reflect the bigger picture.

1) In the link to librarychronicles, he is quoted as lobbying for someone from outside the area as they would " less likely to be influenced by historical, cultural and political factors that can sway the decisions of local residents on issues including which geographic areas, if any, should be off limits to rebuilding"

It is precisely those historical and cultural factors that make an area what it is. Shouldn't we have rebuilt NOLA as a Hungarian community ? /snark

This also seems to be an omen that he would define his job as cramming things down the people's collective throats - with an obvious result of open war between himself and the people who are already, very understandably and justifiably, upset.

Not to mention the link's obvious questioning of why he would, at his own expense, lobby for the position to even be formed even though he was in Australia. Really makes it sound like a repub with their hands at the corporate welfare till.

2) On the good side, I'm glad to see the bestofneworleans quoted him as ""My role in this is to make sure they're ready for what's likely to be another one soon"

As recent as 10 years ago, I've had folks from NY, NY tell me that a hurricaine has never hit NY and never will.

In this mindset, the area's infrastructure wasn't hardened against a severe storm. This time it was landfall at, from memory, 80 mph sustained winds and a 12 foot storm surge. Even denying a rise in the average sea level and increased tendency to extratropical storms from global warming (both of which would make the need even greater. Just the anticipated sea rise will flood parts of Manhattan), this amount of damage should be a strong wake-up call for massive changes in what is permitted in rebuilding and future construction.

Yay! http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/post_506.html#incart_m-rpt-2 Baaa- Foooon! Sounds almost like a vacuum flush.

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