New York governor sacks emergency chief for using relief workers to clean his house

By Adam Clark Estes

November 8, 2012

Just a week after the one of the most destructive storms to hit the Northeast in years, the New York State Office of Emergency Management finds itself without a director. That's because Governor Andrew Cuomo abruptly fired Steven Kuhr, the guy who used to have the job, who dispatched government clean-up crews to his house on Long Island during the storm. A tree had fallen on Kuhr's driveway. So instead of putting out the fires that were turning an entire neighborhood of Queens into cinder and smoke or pumping water out out of ConEd's facilities so half the city didn't lose power, one lucky group of workers got to do the boss a favor. "When we found out about it, we fired him immediately," said a Cuomo aide.

Few would disagree that Kuhr's decision-making was ill-advised if not completely appalling. But some are already starting to wonder if firing the head of emergency services in the middle of a historically serious emergency like Hurricane Sandy is the wisest idea. Not hours after Cuomo made the decision, peoplewere already starting to lose power again as a Nor'easter slammed into the Eastern Seaboard. Maybe Cuomo should've waited until Friday at least, since that's the standard day for firings and everything?

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By Adam Clark Estes

November 8, 2012

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