NY Emergency Management Boss Sacked Over Tree
...that Steven Kuhr had workers remove from his driveway during Sandy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2012 5:58 AM CST
The half of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge attached to Brooklyn is lit while the half attached to Staten Island is dark in New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The head of New York's state equivalent to FEMA has lost his $153,000 job over a downed tree. Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired Steven Kuhr after it emerged that Kuhr had reportedly sent workers to remove a tree from his driveway amid Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports. Kuhr's actions were "definitely an abuse of power," says a state senator. "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 ... This guy’s only worried about his own home?" Despite his title, Kuhr, who'd held the post for just over a year, wasn't at the helm of New York's recovery efforts; state operations director Howard Glaser has been the governor's right-hand man.

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HMunster
Nov 8, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Sacked over a tree? Knot a smart move, but he should be branching out anyway and it's well time that he leaves. Though I'm stumped to figure it all out, I'll be rooting for him... : )
right2dave
Nov 8, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Was supposed to go to Cuomo's house first.
reallybig
Nov 8, 2012 9:39 AM CST
To ALL those STUPID people who blamed Bush for Katrina --- READ WHO was in charge of "The Louisiana state Homeland Security Office of Emergency Management Operations (FEMA) and (OEM)," --- OEM coordinates emergency services with other federal and state agencies to support county and local governments. --- During disasters, OEM coordinates the response of ALL state agencies to insure that the most appropriate services are dispatched to the impacted areas. --- Senator Mary Landrieu's brother Mitch Landrieu was the boss of OEM in Louisiana during Katrina, and is now mayor of New Orleans. --- But yet, the Democrats listened to the left wing lying news media, and the morons, idiots, and imbeciles, blamed Bush. ------- REALLY