New York’s emergency management director has been fired by the governor after it was revealed he diverted rescue crews to his own house in the midst of Superstorm Sandy recovery.
Steven Kuhr, who was working in the state capital of Albany, reportedly told emergency management crews to go to his house in Long Island and clear a tree from his driveway.
The order was given a millions of people were without power and hundreds of other needed recusing in the aftermath of the devastating storm that ravaged New Jersey and New York.
The New York Times reports that Mr Kuhr called the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management after the storm and demanded county workers go to his home in East Northport and remove the downed tree.
State Senator Martin Golden, a Republican from Brooklyn, said that one town in his district still had 2,000 residents without electricity ten days after the storm.
He said the state official abused the power of his office.
‘I’ve got people sitting in their homes with two inches of snow outside, they have no electricity, no hot water, they’re sitting in their homes and freezing to death,’ he said.
‘This guy’s only worried about his own home? It’s sad.’
Destruction: Thousands are still without power in New York City and Long Island after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation
When Gov Andrew Cuomo learned of the order Mr Kuhr made, he fired him from his $153,000 a year job.
Mr Kuhr ran the State Office of Emergency Management, New York’s version of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has coordinate the state’s response to the storm.
New York was hard hit by the storm last week, which killed 47 people in the state and left 2.2million without power.
Tens of thousands are still in the dark and crews are still working to restore service to several train lines in and around New York City.
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