Monday, August 20, 2007
In response to the August 16, 2007 Deutsche Bank fire (at Cedar Street in Lower Manhattan), Senator Connor joined other elected officials to voice his concern for the severe lack of communication between the emergency response agencies and the local residents during times of crisis. The smoke pouring from the Deutsche Bank tower was reminiscent of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, alarming the thousands of residents in the immediate area.
Senator Connor explains his position in the following quote:
“"It is time for government agencies to think outside of the box and to begin to use 21st century technology along with the existing press and media outlets to better communicate with residents and businesses when an emergency or a dangerous situation occurs in our city. In this day and age the technology exists to quickly communicate information to people via e-mail, cell phone, PDA, etc. Our community should not have to depend upon rumors or gossip when life or death issues are involved."