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DE BLASIO: “Joe, again, when you are a chief executive, it doesn’t matter where you are, you are in charge of your team and making sure people are executing the plan. Obviously the fire department, the police department, emergency management prepare for situations like this. The important thing was to get the right people in the right place. And folks did follow that plan and that’s why it was handled. Not a single injury. Five hour duration. Anyone who was having a problem, our first responders reached. So the bottom line is, I got information, had to make decisions, had to make sure people were doing the right thing. And that’s something that I have to do wherever I am and any chief executive has to do. And honestly, if you are a chief executive, you understand the world differently than if you’re a legislator, for example. God bless legislators but I’m responsible every time to make sure that if there is a crisis, it’s responded to. As I said, it’s been 13 since a serious blackout. We’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again working with Con Edison to hold their feet to the fire. But really what happened here was our agencies performed exactly the way we prepared them to perform. They got to people and they provided the help people needed.”