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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City lawmakers are scrutinizing how the city's evacuation plan, emergency response efforts and disaster planning performed during Superstorm Sandy.

The City Council has scheduled its first of several hearings on the storm for Wednesday. City emergency managers and health and fire officials have been invited to testify.

Other Sandy-related sessions are scheduled this month and next. They're devoted to utilities, public housing and other matters.

The council is weighing proposals including the feasibility of burying more power lines. Another idea is requiring boilers and other crucial equipment to be set higher off the ground in flood-zone buildings.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also has unveiled plans for improving the city's preparedness for storms.

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