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November 10, 2011
By Steven Greer, MD
Numerous politicians have been saying recently that a hurricane hit Manhattan. The problem with those comments is that “Hurricane Irene” had fizzled out and was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit Manhattan. In fact, we barely received any rain (in contrast to western New York and New England).
Why are politicians revising history? Mayor Bloomberg needs to justify his overreaction. Others, seeking disaster relief funds, also benefit if they can claim that their regions were damaged by “The hurricane”.
Recently, the BPCA, at their September board meeting, cited the exemplary performance of the PEPs during the “hurricane response” as a justification for renewing the contract with the city and a $1.5 Million raise. In fact, their was nothing for the PEP to really during the storm. this is what the scene really looked like.
The BPCA has also embarked on repair project to the wood boardwalk along the South Cove. Jeff Hayduk, construction manager for Cashin Associates who is contracted by the BPCA for maintenance of the area, explained to BatteryPark.TV that this large-scale project is part of routine maintenance and comes out of the normal BPCA budget. It is not being funded by FEMA or hurricane relief monies. A local paper had reported today, “Recently, a tidal swell hit the planks so hard that a piece of debris cracked one of the horizontal planks.”
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