Posted: Jan 29, 2011 7:25 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI
Updated: Jan 29, 2011 11:13 PM
The man in charge of distributing BP money to fishermen and other Gulf Coast residents, Ken Feinberg, was in Crowley this morning for a little down time.
KATC's Mike Magnoli interviewed Feinberg- covering a bit of the personal and the claims process.
"We've been non stop since August and we'll be here til August of 2013."
Ken Feinberg enjoying a morning off-- KATC is the only station to catch Feinberg at the Rice Palace restaurant-- where he's reuniting with Judge Edmund Reggie and Reggie's breakfast club.
"Judge Reggie is a dear dear friend of the Kennedy family. I used to work for Senator Kennedy and I know Judge Reggie's daughter who was married to the senator and they are dear friends."
Before getting to the business of the BP escrow account, I'm curious about something else:
"I want to ask you about your accent Mr. Feinberg, Im sure you get asked a lot, but where are you from?"- Mike
"The south. south of Boston and I grew up between Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island."
From talk of the Atlantic coast to the Gulf Coast-- earlier this week and throughout this claims process- Feinberg has been confronted by angry fishermen who say they're not getting the money they're due from BP. A facebook petition with over 600 signatures is calling on Feinberg to be replaced.
"Comes with the territory, if someone wants to do this job and thinks they can do better go ahead but I hope when this is finished the critics will say this was a good program for the people of Louisiana. And when you distribute 3 billion dollars to 170 thousand fishermen and businesses in 5 months, I think you're doings something right, that's not to say it couldn't be better, but this Tuesday I'll announce new public rules for additional funds, but I think we're where we should be."