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Ben Stein

I Was BLOWN AWAY

By NY's Response to Sandy

11/1/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Russell Simmons
should pipe down -- at least according to Ben Stein, who tells TMZ, he's "very impressed" with Mayor Bloomberg's response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC ... even considering the homeless situation.

We posted a video of Simmons early yesterday, in which the hip hop mogul criticized Bloomberg for overlooking homeless people in the Sandy relief efforts -- saying NYC's homeless were "f**ked" after the storm ravaged the city.

But later yesterday, Stein told us, NYC seems to be "incredibly well-prepared. I'm very impressed frankly. I think they've done quite a good job."

When we asked about Simmons' comments regarding NYC's homeless -- Stein replied, "I didn't think about that, but considering the magnitude of the disaster they're doing fine." 

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