Nassau County Executive Candidate Proposes ‘Disaster Czar’
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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A candidate for Nassau County Executive has an idea that he says would greatly improve emergency response post superstorm Sandy.
Democrat Adam Haber proposes naming a “disaster czar” to handle a county-wide emergency management and information system that he says would give Nassau County the response it did not get after Sandy.
“The ‘disaster czar’ would be a person who has tremendous experience in disaster relief, not an insider who’s hand-picked by a government leader,” Haber told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs, adding that it would be someone who knows how to behave before, during, and after a storm.
Haber said keeping gas stations open would be a big part of the plan.
“You’d have a certain amount of designated, pre-designated, gas stations with generators so people know that they can get gas. A lot of times the gas was there, but there was nothing to pump [it],” he said.
He said his plan would pre-screen and select contractors in advance of hurricane season, eliminating confusion and controversy.
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