Rockland County CSEA President P. T. criticized the county leadership for not acknowledging the efforts of employees during and after Hurricane Sandy. Thomas made his comments at Tuesday night’s legislative meeting.
“You know county was practically dead,” he said. “Still but however county employees were to report to work. As for employees we rise above the occasion. We rise above. We were here when we were needed. We worked in darkness without light, without electricity. The stairways ere not lighted. Bathrooms, there was no light. “
Thomas said employees should get some type of recognition for the risks they took.
“However, we did not get one word of appreciation either from the county executive or any of the managers,” he said. “However I just want to say county employees rose above the expectation to come through this difficult time.
Harriet Cornell, chairwoman of the legislature, spoke about the hurricane as a very difficult time for all in Rockland, some suffering much more than others.
“But there were the many acts of kindness,” she said. “People opening their homes to those without. Neighbors helping neighbors clean debris. Volunteers taking food and water and blankets to others.”
She acknowledged county employees, who were told to report to work despite the storm.
“As the chairwoman of the legislature I want county residents to know and take pride in the work done on their behalf by county government employees to protect everyone as best as possible,” said Cornell.
She talked about visiting the county Emergency Operations Center at the Fire Training Center in Pomona where staff worked continuously to allocate resource and coordinate responses. She described it as a “dire situation,” and something that cannot be dismissed as one-time only weather events.
“We cannot consider these disasters weather anomalies any longer,” she stated.