Tedisco: The “Unthinkable” Happened! What Next?

Assemblyman Calls on Governor for Evaluation and Public Report of New York State’s Emergency Preparedness Related to the Impact of Tropical Storm Irene
September 2, 2011
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I Schenectady-Saratoga) in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, called on Governor Cuomo today to commence an overall evaluation of how prepared New York was with regards to Tropical Storm Irene and how effective its response was in mitigating Irene’s impact on the various regions around the state.

“I want to thank all of our emergency responders, including Governor Cuomo, National Grid and the American Red Cross, who have been working around the clock to ensure all of the victims affected by Tropical Storm Irene have been attended to and cared for. Their return to normalcy and work to get assistance with the funding from FEMA has to be our number one priority,” Tedisco said.

“I am certain New York attempted to do the best it could,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip, “but hindsight is 20/20, and it is important that we evaluate how New York prepared and responded to this horrific situation so our state can even better prepare for future response procedures. It is especially significant and prudent because, unbelievably, projections are that there may be another storm bearing down on the northeast and New York.”

“As devastating as this disaster has been, it is even more heartbreaking to know that this time it is our friends, families and co-workers who have been affected. The unthinkable happened -- and it occurred in our own backyard here in Upstate New York. After a devastating tropical storm like Irene, New York should take advantage of the experience and evaluate how we could address it even more efficiently. That is why I believe it is important for Governor Cuomo to immediately commence, complete and issue a public report so New York and its communities can better prepare with emergency procedures if we are ever faced with a disaster like this again,” said Tedisco.