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De Blasio: ‘More Could Have Been Done’ For UES

From a quickly forgiving Associated Press:

NYC mayor: ‘More could have been done’ on snow

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JENNIFER PELTZ | January 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where the new mayor acknowledged flaws in the cleanup and some residents complained that schools remained open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home..

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing one of the first flashpoints of his weeks-old tenure, initially defended what he called a "coordinated, intense, citywide response" to a storm he said caused a worse-than-expected headache when it ramped up at rush hour. And de Blasio, who campaigned on closing gaps between rich and poor city residents, at first rebuffed complaints that the effort had lagged on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, saying "no one was treated differently."

But he backtracked Wednesday evening, saying he’d determined "more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side."

So ‘the rich’ were treated differently, after all. What a shock!

Thirty more vehicles and nearly 40 more sanitation workers were sent to the area to finish the cleanup, de Blasio said in a statement that noted he still felt the citywide response, overall, "was well-executed."

In a city where snow removal has proven a political hot potato, the flap was almost a mirror image of complaints about how de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, handled a 2010 blizzard. Bloomberg, who lives on the Upper East Side, faced criticism that outer boroughs had gotten short shift from plows. Brooklyn-dwelling de Blasio, then the city’s public advocate, was among the critics.

Except the truth is the 2010 problems were caused by the sanitation union, who ordered the snow removal slowdown to protest budget cuts. (As we have noted before.)

This time, de Blasio found himself being asked why some Upper East Side avenues still were covered in snow when a Brooklyn thoroughfare was plowed clear to the pavement…

And, naturally, his first reaction was too simply lie about it and pretend it wasn’t happening.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “De Blasio: ‘More Could Have Been Done’ For UES”

  1. Most cities in the snow belt have a Plan. A Plan that does not depend on their Mayor acting as a traffic cop or tactical director. The snow comes, the plows and drivers hit the roads knowing exactly what needs to be done, where and when.

    So, the takeaway here is that deBlasio interfered with NYC’s Plan and now tries to make it sound as if he’s making an apology.

    This makes me very happy, because NYC is going to get Huey Long’s” Good Government good and hard. GOOD AND HARD AND FOR FOUR YEARS


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