Revolt: NY City Council members rip Bloomberg over snow removal, vow to hold hearings

posted at 8:53 pm on December 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

Simply devastating. And by “devastating,” I of course mean hilarious. Somewhere Bloomy’s sitting in a dark room, a bottle of Jack in hand, listening to the “No Labels” theme song to try to cheer himself up.

You guys realize what’s happening here, right? One of the media’s fondest, dumbest fantasies — a serious Bloomberg third-party bid for the White House — is buckling before our very eyes. If you’ve got champagne stashed away somewhere for New Year’s, pop it now.

Yesterday, Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield, who Bloomberg endorsed in his election bid last year, even sending some of his political troops to help with get-out-the-vote efforts, appeared on a Jewish radio show and blasted the snow-removal.

“This could easily be the beginning of the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s political career. It’s such a big deal. And I am telling this as somebody who has always had a good relationship with the mayor and who has always worked well with him,” Greenfield said. “This is a mayor who prides himself on saying the buck stops by him. And at the end of the day the buck does stop by him. We are going to hold him responsible. He is on notice. He better fix this or we are going to hold him personally accountable.”

Queens councilman Eric Ulrich, who helped the mayor secure the backing of the Queens Republican Party and who was sworn in by Bloomberg when he won his seat in 2009, said the Mayor telling New Yorkers to go see a Broadway show was “like Marie Antoinette saying, ‘Let the people eat cake.’

“I supported the mayor for a third term because I thought he was the best choice. I thought he was a good manager. Now I am starting to have doubts. You can’t manage a snowstorm after Christmas? I think people are starting to question his leadership ability,” Ulrich added.

Said Council Speaker and mayoral aspirant Christine Quinn, “The collective storm response was not anywhere near up to the standards New Yorkers are accustomed to. This is unacceptable.” The first oversight hearing is scheduled for January 10. Two clips for you here from NY1 to give you a sense of just how bad it is, the first filmed in Queens and the second in Staten Island. This is how it looks in my area, too; it’s not simply that there’s snow in the streets, it’s that there’s so much of it that it’s not much easier to walk in the tire treads on the road than it is on the sidewalk. On the contrary, most of the sidewalks are passable now as residents have dug out the areas around their homes, but even as I’m writing this, I can hear someone outside spinning his tires trying to get out of a snow sinkhole in the street. Exit question: We’re just a bunch of whiny privileged punks like the southerners say we are, aren’t we? Click the images to watch.

Update: I want to quote from this piece too, but there’s simply too much excellence to choose from. Go ye and read of it.

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ya2daup on December 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Obviously, I shouldn’t be snarky with chemistry before coffee.

B+ for me.

BobMbx on December 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I was sure the intellectual elite of the east coast could work their way out of a little snow by now.

You all just need to send Hiz Honor out into the streets and bloviate for a couple of hours on “gun control”. All that hot air should accomplish something.

GarandFan on December 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM

We may be facing a humanitarian crisis in NYC. Wednesday is the day that most food stores give out senior citizen discounts.

I just got back from two supermarkets in Jackson Heights; there were senior citizens wandering around with a bewildered look on their face because there are no fruits, vegetables, milk, or bread available.

Maybe the deliveries to the market are being made in Manhattan but not in the outer boroughs. Of course, the local media is too damn lazy to get off their asses and look into a possible humanitatrian crisis.

Go to the Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn for a story? Ewww!

I have a lable for our “No Labels” mayor – Dumbass.

patch on December 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

We’re just a bunch of whiny privileged punks like the southerners say we are, aren’t we?

Well? I mean, I’m a total wuss in snow. I don’t live in it regularly and don’t like it when it comes here. So, obviously I don’t have the best perspective on this, but if this is really so disruptive for the entire city, do you have no men and women able to take matters into their own hands and dig the snow out themselves?

Esthier on December 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Well, you did want shovel ready jobs. Why didn’t you go to the hardware store and pick up a couple before the storm and maybe a snow thrower as well. Stop waiting for the govt to take care of your every need. If we did that in the middle of nowhere Montana, we wouldn’t be able to get out of the house until May. Rendell was right about the wussies.

Kissmygrits on December 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM

To an extent you’re right about the general lack of self-initiative among urbanites, but there’s a big diff between what is required to deal with snowstorms in MT & what’s required in NYC (And I’ve hung out/lived extensively in both places.)

One of the most densely built urban areas on earth with most of its land area dedicated to streets & sidewalks & mass transportation pathways requires a much more highly coordinated & orderly approach to snow removal than everybody going out and flinging snow every which way of their own accord as would be an acceptable practice in Bozeman or Billings or almost everywhere else. And most private citizens in New York where space-challenged multi-family apartment housing is the norm don’t have garages or sheds where they can store their own shovels & blowers as folks most everywhere else can.

Precisely because of that more acute need for a more unified & centrally planned response with communally owned & maintained equipment, New Yorkers have volunteered to subject themselves to taxes & have a portion of their paychecks confiscated by city government to specifically to prepare for & respond to snow emergencies in an adequately efficient way – or at least that has always been the pretext for city government confiscating a good chunk of those monies from its residents.

Bloomberg’s City Administration took that money & neither effectively allocated it nor provided competent management of its already-extant citizen-funded resources to do the job they are being paid a king’s ransom by metro taxpayers to do.

So, issues of self-reliance aside, New Yorkers have a genuine right to be angry – they paid dearly for a contracted service & didn’t get it, or at least they didn’t get it done as reasonably well as they’d been promised in the deal. They’ve been gypped.

Mayor Bloomberg certainly hasn’t had much of a problem heretofore providing aggressively energetic micromanagerial oversight over things which are outside the normal purview of municipal government (microscopically scrutinizing what his fellow New Yorkers & their out-of-town guests choose to put in their own mouths at dinner, for example) but he has proven to be strangely lackadaisical in his approach to performing one of the most critically essential tasks he was hired by the citizens of NYC to perform exactly when they needed him to do it.

New York didn’t go into the election booth to hire an effective municipal nutritionist, they voted to hire an effective municipal executive manager. And as has become pretty painfully obvious over the last few days, they didn’t get one.

leilani on December 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Exit question: We’re just a bunch of whiny privileged punks like the southerners Western New Yorkers say we are, aren’t we?

Southerners can’t deal with snow either, so they’re in no place to judge. We up here in WNY (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse), on the other hand, are in a place to judge, and judge we shall. But buck up, NYC, a March thaw is only nine weeks away.

Pope Linus on December 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

New Yorkers have a genuine right to be angry – they paid dearly for a contracted service & didn’t get it, or at least they didn’t get it done as reasonably well as they’d been promised in the deal. They’ve been gypped.

Waaaaaahhhh hahahahaha
Colorado suffered a devastating snow storm in the eastern part of the state in 2005, the same year as Katrina. The country boys didn’t whine and complain that someone didn’t come save them. They got in their evil 4 wheel drive trucks chianed up and plowed their own roads and used tractors to help themsleves. Go figure. Learned helplessness is what the feds want. Helpless Serfs.

Kuffar on December 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Kuffar, well, New Yorkers complained then got in their evil subway trains and busses on got on with life.

audiculous on December 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Kuffar, well, New Yorkers complained then got in their evil subway trains and busses on got on with life.

NYT Story – Mass transit limped back on Tuesday, as the area’s commuter railroads resumed limited service and airports began trying to move backlogs of stranded passengers. Two subway lines and dozens of bus routes remained out of commission. The city also grappled with many immobilized ambulances, fire trucks and tens of thousands of 911 calls since the storm beganmany of them for minor troubles, city officials said. ,

Yeah Right….

Kuffar on December 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Rudy’s overreaction was a response to the shellacking that Lindsey took when his administration screwed up a huge snowstorm, digging out Manhattan long before the rest of town.

Rudy really didn’t give a fig about too much salt, he dang sure wasn’t gonna use too little and certainly wasn’t gonna do anything but throw unlimited overtime to the sanitation union guys.

audiculous on December 28, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Well said – Rudy really liked to work that overtime boy – you got that right.

you know what NYC needs? huck as Mayor.

unseen on December 29, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Yeah right. He would resign after 12 hours of service….he could never hack it up here.

AprilOrit on December 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

That sound you hear is the vaunted munchkin mayor’s presidential aspirations swirling down the toilet.

jdflorida on December 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Yeah Right….


Quite right. 2 of more than 20 subway lines are disrupted and a couple of dozen bus lines going down side streets clogged with stuck cars are shut. Hundreds of bus lines are running.

audiculous on December 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

You rigged the system to get him elected in spite of term limits.
You wanted him, now STFU.

Mr. Grump on December 29, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Chemical verbal attacks here! I love it! I am no chemist but I guess we all get the drift! But all of this levity is backed by reality and that is just the way it is. Bloomberg is horrendous.
As a matter of fact Bloomberg slipped and fell down into something cold and white the other day, but no sir!, it wasn`t no snow!

Sherman1864 on December 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM
Correct. It was hydrogen dioxide. Very bad stuff. EPA is currently working on rules to regulate the amount the H2O in the atmosphere, especially the emmissions from humans. Seems like a tax might do the trick.

BobMbx on December 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Sherman1864 on December 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM