Albany, NY (WIBX) - New York State Office of Emergency Management Director Steven Kuhr is apparently out of a job after allegedly instructing government workers to clear a tree from his Long Island home.

The tree fell in the driveway of the the Kuhr family's Suffolk County property during Hurricane Sandy.  Kuhr, who is paid more than $150,000 a year and was working in Albany at the time, reportedly told government workers to remove the tree.

Kuhr's directive was definitely viewed by many as an abuse of power.  The move to fire him by Cuomo, whose New Castle home is among those still without power, is unusual only because it comes during management of the crisis.  Howard Glaser, Director of State Operations, is now leading the recovery efforts.

Danny Hakim and Angela Macropoulos with The New York Times originally broke the story.