According to a report in today's New Jersey Star-Ledger, Blakely spent the morning at Monmouth University at a conference titled "Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore." Blakely's topic? "Lessons from Katrina."
Blakely — the Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" who had been appointed under former Mayor Ray Nagin — made big waves last week when his new employer, the University of Sydney in Australia, issued a press release saying Blakely had been appointed to the Respond Commission. Blakely gave an interview on the subject to an Australian radio station, confirming the appointment.
The Respond Commission is one of three announced by the state of New York to analyze the response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Penuel, its co-chair, is also director of the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at New York University,
An official press release released an hour ago from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the commission's makeup and made no mention of Blakely, although it noted "Additional appointments may be made to the commissions."
Penuel, though, made it clear that Blakely would not be one of them.
Press release under the jump.
Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" Ed Blakely has been appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a commission to "examine the state's emergency response capabilities" in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to an interview Blakely has done with an Australian radio station.
In recent years, Blakely has been living in Australia, where he is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre of the University of Sydney.
"My role in this is to make sure they're ready for what's likely to be another one soon," Blakely told the Australian radio station, adding that "A number of people have asked me if I would be around to discuss these things as they're moving forward."
The original announcement of the commission made no mention of Blakely.
Blakely has already weighed in on what New York needs to do in the wake of Sandy. That's under the jump, along with a link to the Library Chronicles' classic Blakely timeline, "Come Crane With Me":
Here's a nice story for Thanksgiving, courtesy of New York's WCBS-TV:
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.
Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.
The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.
“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.
Scheduled performers include Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Big Sam's Funky Nation, George Porter Jr., Amanda Shaw, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., Stephanie Jordan, Terence Higgins, Dirty Dozen Horns, Mia Borders, Corey Henry, James Andrews, Stooges Brass Band. Khris Royal, Sasha Masakowski and Dancing Man 504.
Below the jump: Good news about those Ticketmaster fees we told you about last week, and how you can get tickets ...
Yesterday we told you about "NOLA: Pay It Forward," a city-sponsored concert to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. The event, which is still being put together, will be held at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre Nov. 20, and tickets are available at the box office and through Ticketmaster.
One of our readers inquired yesterday if Ticketmaster would be charging its usual fees, and today we got the answer:
That's 23 percent of the ticket price — for a charity event.
The good news is that if you buy your tickets at the Mahalia jackson Theatre box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday), there are no extra fees whatsoever ... and you can either save that extra $12 or be a sport and kick it in for Sandy relief.
We have an email in to Ticketmaster's press office, asking what the company intends to do with the extra fees it collects, but this isn't the first time that Ticketmaster's fee practices have come under scrutiny when it comes to a catastrophic storm.
The last time it was a hurricane named Katrina.
The City of New Orleans is planning a major benefit to help the Northeast as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. No artists have been named yet, but the big show — known as the "NOLA Pay It Forward Concert" — will be held Nov. 20 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in Armstrong Park, as announced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office this afternoon:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in devastated areas because we understand what it’s like to suffer through catastrophes,” said Mayor Landrieu. “The Northeast was there for us following Katrina, and while many in this region are still recovering from Isaac, New Orleans wants to pay it forward to those impacted by Sandy.”
We'll update as soon as we know the names of some of the performers.
Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper decided to ask Michael "Brownie" Brown's opinion on Hurricane Sandy, and the paper got it:
Federal agencies such as FEMA have a role. FEMA’s is to be that “honest broker” between the states and various localities.
Brownie does not know what "honest broker" means.
But at the end of the day, it is still each of us, as individuals, who are responsible for our own safety and well-being.
But not, apparently, our own Baton Rouge restaurant reservations.
On national television Tuesday, I told New Yorkers they needed to “chill.”
And you didn't get kicked in the nuts by a cameraman? New York, you disappoint me.
Below the fold: Canadians thank the Globe & Mail for providing Brownie insights.
Now imagine if New Orleans had a marathon planned for the following weekend after Hurricane Katrina — and Ray Nagin insisted that, despite the state of emergency, tens of thousands of runners hit the streets.
Because that's what's happening in New York right now:
"I think some people said you shouldn't run the marathon," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news briefing Wednesday. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There's lots of people that have come here. It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."
OK. Now just imagine the cable-news and talk-radio reaction — even a fraction of the reaction — had Nagin suggested New Orleans hold a marathon six days after Katrina, and that running it was somehow a tribute to those who had perished.
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