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    Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm

    New York Times: Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm

    The city, which did not enforce its mandatory evacuation order, could not assess the medical needs of residents stuck atop darkened, freezing towers until nearly two weeks after the storm. It relied on ragtag bands of volunteers who quickly found themselves overwhelmed by the task of reaching, comforting and caring for trapped residents. And the seemingly simplest things, like towing portable lighting towers into the Red Hook public housing complex, took 11 days, all because the housing authority had not properly prepared for a major disaster.
    The article compiles an overwhelming list of failures that, it seems to me, were not so much a result of a lack of funding as of slothful managment, corruption, and incompetence. They screwed up big time and then tried to cover their rears, holding heart warming press conferences detailing their deeds, just flat out lying to the people of New York.

    All bureaucracies exist mainly to provide employment to the middle class. All else is purely secondary, and is often poorly done or neglected entirely. The agency said that they would take care of these people, 77,000 people, and then they didn't.

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    Re: Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm

    Yeah, sounds like they should revamp their disaster preparation and response policies.

    And hire some folks better able to execute those plans.
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    Re: Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm

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    New York Times: Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm



    The article compiles an overwhelming list of failures that, it seems to me, were not so much a result of a lack of funding as of slothful managment, corruption, and incompetence. They screwed up big time and then tried to cover their rears, holding heart warming press conferences detailing their deeds, just flat out lying to the people of New York.

    All bureaucracies exist mainly to provide employment to the middle class. All else is purely secondary, and is often poorly done or neglected entirely. The agency said that they would take care of these people, 77,000 people, and then they didn't.
    If nothing short of a felony conviction can get you fired, sloth/not being prepared is a minor fault that can (and will) be overlooked. In fact, if played right, it can possibly result in an improvement "training seminar" held in Hawaii - nice time of year for that trip too. Hmm....
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    Re: Housing Agency's Flaws Revealed by Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    The article compiles an overwhelming list of failures that, it seems to me, were not so much a result of a lack of funding as of slothful managment, corruption, and incompetence. They screwed up big time and then tried to cover their rears, holding heart warming press conferences detailing their deeds, just flat out lying to the people of New York.
    Isn't that about par for the course for large government agencies?
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