Jerome M. Hauer, who as the primary director of the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management oversaw New York City’s response to floods, manhole explosions, mildew outbreaks, building collapses, water important breaks, blackouts, hurricanes, sink holes, downed bushes, terrorist threats, vermin and the unsure digital impression on laptop networks of Y2K, the flip of the millennium, died on Aug. 11 at his house in Alexandria, Va. He was 71.
The trigger was prostate most cancers, his spouse, Traci L. Hauer, stated.
Working beneath Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani from 1996 to 2000, Mr. Hauer “won widespread cooperation” from different metropolis businesses and from the state and federal governments, the city historian Fred Siegel wrote in “The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life,” revealed in 2005. He was “a big, plain-spoken and knowledgeable man,” added Mr. Siegel, who died in May.
Mr. Hauer developed an early and complete response to the risk of a bioterrorism assault and to the proliferation of the West Nile virus within the metropolis, rallying related businesses to the trigger. He later took what he had discovered working for the town and utilized it to emergency and threat administration jobs for New York State and for the federal authorities, each throughout and after main crises, together with the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the next anthrax risk and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“He was a unicorn, a truly singular individual, a man for crises in all seasons,” stated William J. Bratton, who as New York’s police commissioner labored with Mr. Brauer in metropolis authorities.