Giuliani: Nation Will Be Amazed By NYC Resiliency

Storm Recovery Could Take Weeks as Millions Struggle
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Wondering what Rudy Giuliani thought of the way in which current NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg handled Hurricane Sandy?
Giuliani, who was mayor during the September 11th attacks and was highly celebrated for the way in which he handled the crisis, had nothing but praise.

In a live interview on CNBC's Kudlow Report, Giuliani told Larry Kudlow, "It was an enormously intense storm and the emergency plan worked pretty darn well."

"I give Mayor Bloomberg high marks on the whole thing," Giuliani said.

Looking at the length of time needed for the recovery, however, Giuliani thought the city could do better.

He said that the frustration that many New Yorkers feel is largely due to the fact that NYC's infrastructure is very old. "It takes 4 or 5 days to bring things back."

"If we had newer equipment it would come back in 12-24 hours." But that involves making big investments and Giuliani concedes there are fiscal constraints.

Also Giuliani also supported Mayor Bloomberg's decision to host the NYC Marathon on Sunday.

"We can do remarkable things in NYC. They wanted to cancel the marathon in 2001 and I said the heck with that. The mayor is making the right decision, this year in 2012."

What's the bottom line?

"The nation will be amazed by NYC's resiliency," said Giuliani.

Tune in:

"The Kudlow Report" airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET.