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tenn_ace
Aug 25th, 2006, 12:31 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin criticized efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site when confronted in a television interview about delays in rebuilding his city after Hurricane Katrina.

During the CBS "60 minutes" interview, a correspondent pointed out flood-damaged cars still on the streets of New Orleans' devastated Ninth Ward. Nagin replied, "You guys in New York can't get a hole in the ground fixed, and it's five years later. So let's be fair," according to CBS.

The program is scheduled to air Sunday night. Text and a video clip from the Nagin piece were posted on CBS' Web site Thursday.

The chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency created to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and downtown Manhattan, said that tremendous progress has been made in lower Manhattan, with the Freedom Tower, a transportation hub and a memorial to the nearly 3,000 attack victims under construction.

"We understand how difficult rebuilding a city after such destruction can be," chairman Kevin Rampe said in a statement.

Nagin, known for his blunt style, is not the first to compare the two cities. New Orleans residents frequently complain that the federal government's response after Katrina has been far more sluggish than it was after the September 11 attacks.


Copyright 2006 The Associated Press (http://www.cnn.com/interactive_legal.html#AP). All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



:eek:

samsung101
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Mayor Nagin is not blunt, he's ignorant.
Mayor Nagin is not blunt, he's a politician pandering to his
local constituents, who like to blame everyone but themselves,
and him for their poor response to a hurricane and levee failures.

Things even now the locals of New Orleans govt. can't agree
on - they all want a piece of the money, the reconstruction,
the funding, the approval, the credit - and not enough is
getting done.

Just saw an AP story this week where owners of many businesses
were mad, the image and idea is that NO is closed and nothing is
working or livable - fact is that most of NO is open for business
and has been since a few weeks after the hurricane hit. But,
the news and the Mayor don't tell people that.

The WTC area rebuilding has been going on for 5 years. They
had little things like bodies and chemical and waste to remove
from burning buildings. They had little things like federal investigations
and local investigations to cooperate with ad nauseum. NYC never
stopped doing business, being a livable place, or inviting people
in to see it.

Difference between Rudy and Nagin - one went to work to fix
things, the other one whined.

An attack that came w/o 2 or 3 days of specific warnings to
get out.

An attack that came and killed more people in a few seconds,
that doubled the death toll of Katrina almost.

A city where the firemen and policemen and Mayor went to the
area of destruction to help, not away from it. A city where
the citizens banded together to help one another, not loot and
rape and kill one another.

The federal response to both has been good and bad, but, largely
good. Money has been delivered - what the city, county, and
state do w/it is their business, but, they like to still blame the
feds. A response of that size in both events could never be
perfect, or please everyone, just the opposite I think.

It is the State of LA and NO itself and the various counties that
are supposed to be removing waste, and clearing roads, not the
feds - they dole out money, equipment, and experts to assist. As
always....



California gets hit by fires, floods (most of Northern California
and the Sacramento Delta area was underwater for weeks
and months), riots, landslides storms every single year, and
it is the city, county, and state forces that handle things
first & foremost - the feds come in to help and offer money.
They don't run the rescue and evacuations here, the local
govt.'s do. Always do. But, not in New Orleans I guess, they're
different.


Nagin just proves once more he is a pathetic politician.

But, New Orleans wanted him back - to spew out more of this
self serving, whining, backstabbing commentary. Guess he
watched Spike Lee's commentary-documentary a few times.

venus_rulez
Aug 25th, 2006, 06:01 PM
Mayor Nagin is not blunt, he's ignorant.
Mayor Nagin is not blunt, he's a politician pandering to his
local constituents, who like to blame everyone but themselves,
and him for their poor response to a hurricane and levee failures.

Things even now the locals of New Orleans govt. can't agree
on - they all want a piece of the money, the reconstruction,
the funding, the approval, the credit - and not enough is
getting done.

Just saw an AP story this week where owners of many businesses
were mad, the image and idea is that NO is closed and nothing is
working or livable - fact is that most of NO is open for business
and has been since a few weeks after the hurricane hit. But,
the news and the Mayor don't tell people that.

The WTC area rebuilding has been going on for 5 years. They
had little things like bodies and chemical and waste to remove
from burning buildings. They had little things like federal investigations
and local investigations to cooperate with ad nauseum. NYC never
stopped doing business, being a livable place, or inviting people
in to see it.

Difference between Rudy and Nagin - one went to work to fix
things, the other one whined.

An attack that came w/o 2 or 3 days of specific warnings to
get out.

An attack that came and killed more people in a few seconds,
that doubled the death toll of Katrina almost.

A city where the firemen and policemen and Mayor went to the
area of destruction to help, not away from it. A city where
the citizens banded together to help one another, not loot and
rape and kill one another.

The federal response to both has been good and bad, but, largely
good. Money has been delivered - what the city, county, and
state do w/it is their business, but, they like to still blame the
feds. A response of that size in both events could never be
perfect, or please everyone, just the opposite I think.

It is the State of LA and NO itself and the various counties that
are supposed to be removing waste, and clearing roads, not the
feds - they dole out money, equipment, and experts to assist. As
always....



California gets hit by fires, floods (most of Northern California
and the Sacramento Delta area was underwater for weeks
and months), riots, landslides storms every single year, and
it is the city, county, and state forces that handle things
first & foremost - the feds come in to help and offer money.
They don't run the rescue and evacuations here, the local
govt.'s do. Always do. But, not in New Orleans I guess, they're
different.


Nagin just proves once more he is a pathetic politician.

But, New Orleans wanted him back - to spew out more of this
self serving, whining, backstabbing commentary. Guess he
watched Spike Lee's commentary-documentary a few times.


First, is there ever a time that you don't write 3 pages in a response? Second, did you even watch the documentary because in another thread you commented on what you THOUGHT the documentary would be and you were way off, and third I thought that documentary portrayed Nagin as an ass. His people were out there starving, thirsty, and dying and he was talking about how he took an extra 5 minutes in the shower???!!!! i couldn't believe how cocky and arrogant the man was and I'm going to assume you didn't watch the documentary as some of the interviewees felt that it was a failure on the local, state, and federal levels, meaning Nagin was also to blame. Also, just because they re-elected him doesn't mean they particularly like him. In times of tragedy, people prefer what they know, no matter how horrible or bad that might be, in my opinion that easily explains his re-election. Is he an idiot for trying to say Katrina was worse than the WTC? Maybe, maybe not, but he's certainly an insensitive ass for saying my disaster was worse than yours.

Wigglytuff
Aug 25th, 2006, 06:06 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin criticized efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site when confronted in a television interview about delays in rebuilding his city after Hurricane Katrina.

During the CBS "60 minutes" interview, a correspondent pointed out flood-damaged cars still on the streets of New Orleans' devastated Ninth Ward. Nagin replied, "You guys in New York can't get a hole in the ground fixed, and it's five years later. So let's be fair," according to CBS.

The program is scheduled to air Sunday night. Text and a video clip from the Nagin piece were posted on CBS' Web site Thursday.

The chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency created to oversee the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and downtown Manhattan, said that tremendous progress has been made in lower Manhattan, with the Freedom Tower, a transportation hub and a memorial to the nearly 3,000 attack victims under construction.

"We understand how difficult rebuilding a city after such destruction can be," chairman Kevin Rampe said in a statement.

Nagin, known for his blunt style, is not the first to compare the two cities. New Orleans residents frequently complain that the federal government's response after Katrina has been far more sluggish than it was after the September 11 attacks.


Copyright 2006 The Associated Press (http://www.cnn.com/interactive_legal.html#AP). All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



:eek:

this guy is a complete idiot. no wonder :help: :help: he really should not be in office.

samsung101
Aug 25th, 2006, 06:07 PM
Nagin and the State are sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars because
they are fighting w/each other (does this sound familiar)....

Money has been sent to the city and the county and the state,
and more is on the way from D.C. and the evil Bush - and the
local govt.'s still can't get their act together.

Even at his meetings with NO residents in Texas, to try to get
them back, he talks about food and music to them. Never getting
to why the state and city are still fighting, why trash is still there,
why buildings aren't being opened up, or neighborhoods haven't
been dealt w/at all...if they ever will be. He just blames the
feds and Blanco - tells them to write to her.

Which is why over half the people who went to Texas from LA
are staying there...more jobs, better jobs, better schools, better
tax system, etc. Why go back?

spartanfan
Aug 25th, 2006, 09:11 PM
There is a world of difference with clearing and removing two tall building and rebuilding a major city. The population in NO is under a quarter of what it was before Katrina. I hear that there is an extreme housing shortage still there. If the workers have no place to stay, how do you expect the work to get done and the city rebuilt?

~{X}~
Aug 25th, 2006, 10:05 PM
There is a world of difference with clearing and removing two tall building and rebuilding a major city. The population in NO is under a quarter of what it was before Katrina. I hear that there is an extreme housing shortage still there. If the workers have no place to stay, how do you expect the work to get done and the city rebuilt?


Well if people would stop fighting and start building housing for the workers, maybe something could of been done by now. And its not just cleaning and removing two tall buildings. They had to do investigations and cleaning of other things and other buildings and all that sort of stuff. Lots of things happened and its not right for anyone to criticize one disaster over another. Yes there is a difference in scale of what happened, people should of left NO once they saw that hurricane passing Florida. And yeah you can say about the people who didn't have the means of leaving. When your life is in danger, you leave. They saw a Category 4 hurricane passing into the Gulf and didn't move. Its not the people's fault, its the politicians fault because like I said, if they would stop bickering and pointing fingers, things could of been happening by now.