Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Abdo Nahmod Under Fire From Medics ; Quick, Somebody Call 911

City medics are demanding the resignation of EMS boss Abdo Nahmod, claiming he mismanaged the response to Superstorm Sandy, reported The New York Post (via Firehouse.com).

First responders say medical care devolved into chaos as the hurricane’s floodwaters swamped EMS stations and paralyzed ambulances — sometimes stranding medics on their roofs — all because the FDNY failed to follow its own hurricane plan.

Read more : FDNY Medics Calling for Ouster of EMS Chief for Sandy Decisions

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is Michael Bloomberg Gay ?

Search Engines : Inquiring Minds Want To Know

From The New York Times :

One category of question comes up with puzzling frequency in auto-complete: whether a certain person is gay.

Is Elton John gay? Is Paul Ryan gay? Is Michael Bloomberg gay? The question pops up often, too, when starting searches about George Clooney, the Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the actress Ellen Page, Genghis Khan, several cartoon characters and even the pope.

Related : Is Michael Bloomberg A Big Old Rice Queen ?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stop Closing Hospitals

After years of closing hospitals under the Berger Commission, how wise was it for New York State and City health officials to leave the five boroughs of New York City so vulnerable ?

Who sets the infrastructure budgets for our hospitals ?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ringing Opening Bell at NYC Hospitals

After Hurricane Sandy, the only operating hospital below 57th Street in Manhattan was Beth Israel Medical Center, which was partially-functioning on back-up generators.

North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling said that Hurricane Sandy showed that there was still an excess of hospitals in Manhattan. Is Michael Dowling advocating for the Berger Commission to close more hospitals in Manhattan, such as NYU Langone or Bellevue Hospital ?

In two short days after Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg raced to ring the "Opening Bell" at the New York Stock Exchange.

The taboo question that the media are too afraid to ask Mayor Bloomberg is : would St. Vincent's Hospital have helped New York City with accepting patients from the emergency evacuations from Bellevue Hospital, NYU Langone, the VA Hospital, and New York Downtown Hospital ? When will Mayor Bloomberg or Mr. Dowling race to ring an "opening bell" of a new hospital for the Lower West Side of Manhattan ?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NYC Marathon Generators

Mayor Concedes To Critics : Cancels Marathon : What Took So Long ?

Race organisers, including the Rudin Family, the New York Road Runners Club, and ING, used Mayor Michael Bloomberg to be the fall guy for criticism about the city using valuable resources to hold the New York City Marathon. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg was forced to cancel the marathon after The New York Post reported that at least 41 generators were being hoarded by race officials. Meanwhile, large numbers of New York City residents were rendered homeless with little to no resources for food, shelter, heat, health, or safety in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Bill Rudin Hurricane Sandy Hospital Evacuations and NYC Marathon

Many storm victims were outraged at all the resources, not just power generators, that were being hoarded by marathon organisers for the sole benefit of runners.

"Runners were set to dine on a lavish Saturday-evening pre-race meal that included lemon-thyme chicken with shallot jus, and autumn vegetable bow-tie pasta primavera with extra virgin oil and fresh herbs — which most storm victims would have killed for," reported The New York Post.

"More than 2,000 cops are typically assigned to work the marathon. About five years ago, the city started privatizing medical coverage at the event, although scores of city paramedics and EMTs are still assigned to the race," reported The New York Daily News.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bill Rudin Hospital Evacuations and NYC Marathon Reality Check

Bill Rudin Hurricane Sandy Hospital Evacuations and NYC Marathon

Bill Rudin said that it would be safe to close St. Vincent's Hospital, which was the only Level I Trauma Center and full-service hospital in the Lower West Side of Manhattan. He and his billion-dollar real estate development company got easy building permits, zone-busting waivers, and approvals from New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. At the time, Mr. Rudin and Speaker Quinn said that if people in Lower Manhattan became sick, or if there was a mass civilian trauma event, patients could be transported to Bellevue Hospital, which was the next closest Level I Trauma Center.

But the aftermath of hospital evacuations at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospitals following destruction by caused by Hurricane Sandy expose the risks of the Rudin Condo Conversion Plan approved for St. Vincent's Hospital.

Note that the NYC Marathon would have three giant electricity generators, which would be used for the media tent, meanwhile, NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospitals had to be evacuated due to backup generator failures.

Watch this NBC News report about the hurricane destruction. Note that Mr. Rudin is a sponsor of the NYC Marathon, and he wants the Marathon to still take place this week-end, even though first responders haven't yet finished recovering all the dead bodies on Staten Island, or, for that matter, ensuring public safety or providing emergency care to the people rendered homeless by the tsunami of the storm surge and flooding.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Does Bloomberg Only Care About Manhattan and the Marathon ?

Noreen, from Dyker Heights, called into NY1 The Call tonight. She said that the impression that people, who live in Staten Island and Queens, where there was major damage from Hurricane Sandy, have is that Mayor Michael Bloomberg only cares about meeting the emergency needs of the people in Manhattan. Noreen also said that Mayor Bloomberg only cares about using the city's limited resources to make sure that the New York City Marathon takes place, instead of helping the rescue and relief efforts of those residents, who are suffering the most, who are on the coastline.

Noreen's call followed an emotional call from Karen, from Tottenville, Staten Island, who said that thieves were dressing up as firefighters and Con Edison workers, so that they can rob items from destroyed houses.

Here is a YouTube video, which shows that Mayor Bloomberg has turned a deaf ear to hospital patients, as well :

When Will Mike Bloomberg Ring Opening Bell For NYU Langone, Bellevue Hospitals ?