In an interesting departure from tradition, the HUD Secretary will manage the long-term recovery in NY and NJ. See: Obama Visits Storm-Ravaged Areas in New York, Nov. 15.
President Obama said Thursday that he was assigning Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a former New York City official, to oversee the New York area’s longterm recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
The press release from the White House on Nov. 15 can be accessed here.
See also CQ on Nov. 15th: “HUD Secretary to Head Long-Term Sandy Recovery. ” This service is copyrighted so I cannot link it. A few excerpts:
… Obama announced Thursday that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun onovan will head federal efforts to help state government develop and implement their long-term redevelopment
plans after superstorm Sandy.
Obama said he wanted one person at the federal level in charge of the rebuilding process. Shaun Donovan … used to be the head of the New York Housing Authority – so he knows a little bit about New York and building….”
Noc. 17th. Donovan may be responsible for all of the north east states with disaster declarations. It is not clear yet, but there an an article from the L.A. Times on the topic.
Nove. 15: another take today by BusinessWeek.
This is an option that has been discussed in Washington for at least two years that I know of. It will be an interesting change to watch. How will the HUD Secretary relate to the Federal Coordinating Officer who is the lead officials for FEMA?
If anyone out there has more details, please write in.