1999-09-04 / Front Page

Stabile At U2K Hearing:

Stop Gloom And Doom

Councilman Al Stabile, a member of the City Council’s Finance Committee, listened to testimony on the City’s readiness for possible problems associated with the millennium bug or so-called Y2K problem. Stabile said that instead of always reading about and talking about the possible problems that may arise, the City and its agencies should inform the public of just how well they are prepared for any crisis.

"In the papers and on television, you hear so much about agencies and businesses being 75 percent or 99 percent Y2K compatible. You never hear how many agencies and businesses are already 100 percent compatible," Stabile said. "This is the greatest city in the world and after listening to the testimonies of various City agencies, I am willing to bet that we are the most prepared City in the country and probably the world."

Among the agencies and officials offering testimony at yesterday’s hearing were the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Transit Authority, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi, the Health and Hospitals Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.

"There is a sense of panic in some areas with so much attention being placed on the Y2K problem," Stabile said. "The senior population has especially expressed its concern in regards to Y2K related problems and that could affect medical records and prescriptions. I can assure them that there is no need to hit the panic button and that there is no cause to begin stockpiling prescription medication. New York city has grabbed the preverbal Y2K bull by the horns and is prepared to handle any problems that may arise as the new millennium begins."

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