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Mayor Nutter Says It Was All About Safety When Asked If Media Overhyped The Hurricane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - During a post-Hurricane Irene news briefing at Philadelphia City Hall, Mayor Nutter did not bite, when asked by a reporter whether he thought the media 'overhyped' the storm.

"I'm not going to comment on how the media covers whatever it is they cover," Nutter said.

The Mayor says his job was to make sure Philadelphians 'were safe.'

"What I'm focused on is that 1.5 million people in Philadelphia have as much information as possible."

From Thursday through Monday, he held seven briefings, including two-a-days Saturday and Sunday.

"Quite honestly, the storm did not reach some of the forecasts, but we gave all of the information we had in real time and made adjustments as necessary."

City Hall has yet to tabulate how much it spent responding to the storm.

"It will take us some time before we know the true costs of these efforts to the city of Philadelphia."

Nutter says the city will seek reimbursements from the state and federal governments.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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