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Guard assists in evacuation — despite Bloomberg’s wishes

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Somebody should tell Mayor Bloomberg that the National Guard is already here — even though he doesn’t want them marching through Brooklyn.

Hizzoner dismissed requests by borough officials to call in the reserve military force to help control looting in Sandy-ravaged neighborhoods like Coney Island — claiming New York’s Finest doesn’t need the assistance — although hundreds of guardsmen have been toiling in a Brooklyn-Queens task force since Sunday.

But the militia is just doing its job, according to a spokesman.

“We’re just part of the state’s emergency response tool kit,” said Eric Durr.

Durr said the troops aren’t here to keep the peace, but to transport cops and firefighters in military vehicles through obstructed roads, establish food and water distribution centers, and do a door-to-door sweep of evacuation zones to check on residents.

Dozens of guardsmen helped to evacuate more than 250 seniors from the Shore View Nursing Home in Brighton Beach in stretchers and wheelchairs after the facility lost power yesterday.

Borough President Markowitz applauded the guard’s arrival, and called for the unit to have a greater role in helping the borough recover from the worst storm in recent memory, including setting up more food and water facilities, and helping de-clog mangled sewer lines.

“We want them to help return people’s lives to normalcy,” he said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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ty from pps says:
What is the purpose of your first paragraph? It has very little to do with journalism....
Nov. 2, 2012, 4:40 pm
Jay from NYC says:
TY what is the purpose of your posting, or for that matter any of them? You contribute nothing. EVER.
Moving on, the Brooklyn paper has not done a great job with this story, the National Guard has been in that area for awhile, and the Brooklyn paper said Bloomberg said no to more of them, and now the Brooklyn paper is acting like see we told you so, when nothing has changed.
Brooklyn Paper if you want to do a story on teh National Guard, then why don't you do a proper story, ask them how many people they helped feed or evacute or how much material they have moved etc. Anyone who has been around town has seen them out and about. Fail story, try again.
Nov. 2, 2012, 5:35 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay -- The fact of the matter is that Bloomberg didn't want the National Guard participating in law enforcement. The Mayor and Governor have welcomed the National Guard for their primary mission of emergency services. They have done and will continue to do a great job.
Nov. 2, 2012, 5:51 pm
ty from pps says:
And Jay.... I'm right. The comment from the Mayor was in response to Marty asking for the National Guard to take care of all of the supposed looting.
Nov. 2, 2012, 6:05 pm
jay from nyc says:
the fact of the matter is ty is that you contribute nothing, EVER.
Nov. 2, 2012, 6:44 pm
Bob from Bay Ridge says:
Boys, just get a room already
Nov. 3, 2012, 7:19 pm
Isaac from BP says:
Again with Bloomberg and the National Guard?

Of course the Guard has been helping out. They've been here doing rescue and relief "since the start".

Ray Kelly runs the NYPD. If Bloomberg said "no" to the Guard doing police work, it's because that's how Kelly wanted it. Kelly hasn't exactly been a slouch of a police chief.

Is there someone at the Paper who just wants to smear Bloomberg?
Nov. 4, 2012, 12:18 pm
Jim from Michigan says:
From outside your area, yeah I know we don't matter. If you need help, except the help. Union or not, National Guard...Why have it and spend the money to keep them if you don't use them.
I am donating in Michigan but am not in union...guess I should not have done so.
We do pray for you and hope to see you return to some type of normal soon. Stay safe.
Nov. 6, 2012, 9:06 am
Jim from Michigan says:
accept, sorry for the error
Nov. 6, 2012, 9:07 am

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