The federal government’s sloppy handling of the recovery after Hurricane Katrina is weighing on legislators trying to figure out how much aid New York should get following superstorm Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg said today.
“Almost every person I talked to in Washington mentioned that — not everyone, almost everyone,” the mayor said on his weekly WOR radio show.
As a result, Bloomberg suggested those pressing Congress to instantly send $60 billion to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are making a mistake.
“Some people said give it to me right away,” the mayor said.
“If they did that I’m not so sure we as Americans would be happy. You would think they would want to ask questions before they give away the public’s money. You’d think they’d want to put it in context of lots of needs when we don’t have money for everything we want to do.”
Bloomberg also pointed out that the economy was booming in 2005, when Katrina struck. . .