Mayor Bloomberg is offering only a lukewarm public endorsement to the idea of pursuing a federal disaster designation for areas of the city dealing with damage from the Category 2 tornado that touched down earlier this month.
Mayor's Support Seems Tepid for Aid After Storm
Yesterday, however, he didn't seem to be fully on board the bandwagon of elected officials aggressively pressing to secure the federal designation, which would bring in federal money for residents and businesses that suffered damage. When asked whether he wanted the area struck by the tornado to get disaster designation, Mr. Bloomberg said: "I think from the governor's point of view he certainly has to ask."
He then went on to say that there were no "real injuries and a limited number of houses destroyed." Neither point bolsters the case that the area should qualify for federal money.
Maybe he's just hoping that homeowners will give up and sell their property to developers.