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.