To the Editor:
As reported in theLoop March 9 and the March 12 Journal News, Gov. Cuomo deflected criticism about not viewing storm damage by saying that he knows “what a tree down looks like… There is no official tour of a downed tree. And, we don’t need a picture of the governor saying ‘Oh, this tree is down and the line is down,” Cuomo said.
Yet Monday night’s television news showed him touring New York City Housing Authority apartments for a big photo opp. I guess he did not know what mold and roaches looked like.
As a Larchmont resident, I suggest that either Gov. Cuomo just doesn’t get it or he is taking our votes for granted. His constituents want to see him to know that someone is seeing their pain and looking to hold Con Ed and others accountable for their disorganized response to the storms.
On March 4, I stood with a Con Ed supervisor in front of a downed utility poll and he asked me what town we were in. On March 10, I stood on that same street with four utility crews from Michigan. They were standing around talking with nothing to do while they waited for Con Ed to deliver new poles. Granted things were not as dire as they were in Puerto Rico, but that is not a contest I want to win. It was cold and dark in a lot of houses, and if the Governor could visit Puerto Rico to make “a statement on behalf of the state of New York”, perhaps he could have driven five minutes from his Larchmont campaign rally and made a statement to the people of New York that he would try to make things better.