NY1: Winds and rain battered Puerto Rico. Many say the preparedness before, and recovery since, is offensively lacking.
Mayor Bill de Blasio even suggests what Puerto Ricans look like skewed the Trump administration’s concern.
“The response to Puerto Rico has to be seen for the not only the failure that it was, but for the racist failure that it was,” he said.
It’s likely a non-starter in a Republican controlled Congress. But to probe what went wrong in Hurricane Maria, Rep. Nydia Velazquez is calling for a commission similar to the one charged after the 9/11 attacks.
“The question that I pose to the American people is this: How do we make sure that we are ready for the next epic hurricane?” Velazquez said.
It’s a relevant question in many places. Nearly six years after Sandy, there is substantial progress. But the city is well behind schedule elsewhere, like turning an East River park into a multipurpose levee. Continue Reading Here>>