As Harvey Hammers Texas, Oddo Says Lessons Of Sandy Are Ignored
As Texas mobilizes in response to the unprecedented floods of Hurricane Harvey, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said government officials still need to learn from the critical mistakes made in New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Nearly five years after Sandy made landfall in New York, Staten Island remains vulnerable, Oddo added. The Build It Back homeowner rebuilding program is nearing completion, but work still remains to be done. And Staten Island, New York City, Texas and country as a whole could benefit from a candid top-to-bottom review of flaws in the government response to Sandy.
"As horrifying as the images are coming out of Texas, it's more heartbreaking to know that the disaster recovery mechanism in this country is still broken," the borough president said in an interview with City & State. . .