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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Water Is Wet, Sun Rises in the East...

...scummy politicians are scummy...

NY emergency management director fired after diverting crews to remove tree from his driveway
ALBANY, N.Y. – A state official says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired his emergency management director for diverting crews to remove a tree from his driveway during Superstorm Sandy.

The official says Director of Emergency Management Steven Kuhr was let go after the governor was told Kuhr called a Suffolk County crew to remove a felled tree from his driveway on Long Island.

Now, the poor guy should be cut a little slack. I mean, he's the Director of Emergency Management in the third largest state in the union and he's barely making over six figures? He makes less than a quarter of what a U. Mass chancellor makes! Can you blame him for diverting essential services to take care of his personal property? That's one of the perks of the job, c'mon!

Honestly, there are two surprising things in this story. First, that the guy was only making $150K a year. I'm surprised to hear that the person responsible for spearheading all of the emergency response in the state of New York made significantly less than a MA State police trooper.That's a little odd right there. The other thing is that he was actually fired for this - while it's obviously a misuse of his position, it would seem that unauthorized tree removal would be a rather minor blip...

In any case, it's interesting to see someone get what they deserve...

That is all.

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3 comments:

Dave H said...

The lackey must not have had enough connections. Or just assumed that because everybody else does it, he could too. But he picked a bad time to try it, with the scrutiny Sandy's aftermath is getting. (I notice his title is actually executive deputy commissioner. That's not exactly a director title.)

Gov. Cuomo has been full of surprises since he took office. I figured he'd be just another East Coast politician from a family of politicians - a "Kennedy lite" so to speak - but the guy seems to actually be trying to do the right thing. Plus a lot of people expect him to make a run for the White House in 2016, so he might be trying to establish a record as "the new sheriff in town." The way things stand right now, I'd die of delight if the 2016 ballot had Cuomo vs. Christie for President.

Dirt Sailor said...

I have a tiny bit of sympathy for him- I think his thought process might have gone something along the line of- if I can't leave my house, I can't help manage this emergency. No excuse, and I'm sure there was an alternative, but still. I can see how he thought it might be OK.

mikee said...

It isn't the size of the infraction, it is the infraction's ability to produce absolute validity of the firing that one looks for in bureaucratic situations.

One can argue over killing a subordinate in front of witnesses - maybe that office drone needed killing! But steal a paperclip or convert anything to "personal use" and you are doomed, because that is clearly, absolutely and technically a violation of the rules.