2005_09_taxiflood.jpgWhile the city has been reassuring its residents that we're going to be okay during the case of a natural disaster, like a hurricane, State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky claims the city's plan is "replete with failures". Of course, Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat, hasn't actually seen all of the city's disaster plans (not for lack of trying; he says that the city wouldn't let him review the evacuation plans), may be trying to drum up some interest in his run to be Attorney General. The city, on the other hand, claims that they did cooperate with Brodsky and says once again that the city is prepared; plus, Brodsky has a "standing offer" to meet with the Office of Emergency Management's commissioner. Gothamist has an admittedly low opinion of the State Assembly, and we'd like to think that the city is ready, but how about this gets settled with some sort of independent arbitrator?

The Daily News keeps the alarmism on above average with this: "Even a weak Category 1 hurricane would swamp parts of Coney Island, Staten Island and lower Manhattan. A major storm would inundate miles of southern Brooklyn and the eastern Bronx." And we all know how just a hard rainstorm can paralyze the city. We can't find the 19-page State Assembly report on Brodsky's website or the State Assembly website yet, but we'll link it when we do.