New York’s emergency management director fired for sending crews to his OWN house during Superstorm Sandy to remove downed tree

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:09:24 EST, 8  November 2012| UPDATED:12:40 EST, 8 November 2012

Fired: Steven Kuhr, New York’s emergency management  director, was accused of abusing his power

New York’s emergency management director has  been fired by the governor after it was revealed he diverted rescue crews to his  own house in the midst of Superstorm Sandy recovery.

Steven Kuhr, who was working in the state  capital of Albany, reportedly told emergency management crews to go to his house  in Long Island and clear a tree from his driveway.

The order was given a millions of people were  without power and hundreds of other needed recusing in the aftermath of the  devastating storm that ravaged New Jersey and New York.

The New York  Times reports that Mr Kuhr called the Suffolk County Office of  Emergency Management after the storm and demanded county workers go to his home  in East Northport and remove the downed tree.

State Senator Martin Golden, a Republican  from Brooklyn, said that one town in his district still had 2,000 residents  without electricity ten days after the storm.

He said the state official abused the power  of his office.

‘I’ve got people sitting in their homes with  two inches of snow outside, they have no electricity, no hot water, they’re  sitting in their homes and freezing to death,’ he said.

‘This guy’s only worried about his own home?  It’s sad.’

Destruction: Thousands are still without power in New  York City and Long Island after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation

When Gov Andrew Cuomo learned of the order Mr  Kuhr made, he fired him from his $153,000 a year job.

Mr Kuhr ran the State Office of Emergency  Management, New York’s version of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which  has coordinate the state’s response to the storm.

New York was hard hit by the storm last week,  which killed 47 people in the state and left 2.2million without power.

Tens of thousands are still in the dark and  crews are still working to restore service to several train lines in and around  New York City.

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