nytimes: giuliani a ‘benevolent dictator’

from raw story: A story in [monday’s] New York Times is highly critical of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s handling of the recovery operation in New York City following 9/11, claiming that his desire to downplay problems and return the city to a semblance of normality as quickly as possible has led to serious health problems for many of those who worked at ground zero.

The Times also charges that Giuliani sidelined experienced federal officials from FEMA, OSHA and the Army Corps of Engineers, placing the cleanup instead in the hands of “a largely unknown city agency” that offered “a generally slipshod, haphazard, uncoordinated, unfocused response to environmental concerns.” According to the Times, “one Army Corps official said Giuliani acted like a ‘benevolent dictator.'”

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