Though Brooklyn grabbed headlines when it was slammed by a rare tornado this month, Queens suffered far more damage in the freak Aug. 8 storm, an official report on the storm shows.
In a letter sent last week to President Bush requesting federal disaster aid, Gov. Spitzer estimated that 1,359 homes in Queens suffered damage in the storm, compared with 189 in Brooklyn and 21 on Staten Island.
Storm-damaged Queens asks, what about us?
"The city needs to take responsibility," said City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Queens), whose Forest Hills basement flooded. "The city sewers clearly couldn't take all the water."
Nice quote from the chair of the land use committee who promoted all the overbuilding that led to this disaster. Don't you love how she tries to make herself look sympathetic so that she'll escape scrutiny? Hey Mel: Your committee voted in favor of the Jamaica plan right after this, which includes areas hard-hit by flooding. The sewer systems will not be up to speed anytime soon, but you want hundreds of thousands more people moving in pronto. You're a real ass, Melinda.