Can-do billionaire technocrat: Okay, maybe we did a bad job with the snow removal

posted at 4:19 pm on December 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

A rare bit of contrition on a day when the local papers are running stories about newborns who died after waiting 10 hours for help from EMS. I’m not posting this to bash Bloomy gratuitously (well, maybe I am a little) but rather to point out that it’s part of a pattern in how this guy deals with public outcries over service failures. Initially he’s cavalier and condescending (“Yelling about it and complaining doesn’t help”) and then when that inevitably antagonizes the public even more, he backs down and starts eating shinola like any retail politician with half a brain should. To wit, Karl from our Greenroom reminded me of Bloomberg’s reaction to the six-day blackout in Queens a few years ago:

A CEO worth his salt would long ago have called a press conference on Astoria Blvd. to spell out how Con Ed [the local power company] got Queens into this mess and how it’s going about getting Queens out of this mess. That would be a lot more useful than Con Ed’s “outreach” program and dry-ice handouts.

Instead, Mayor Bloomberg has become the face of the blackout. As late as Wednesday night, he was declaring that Con Ed “in all fairness, has a done a good job.” Not since President Bush stood with his arm around FEMA chief Michael Brown post-Katrina and proclaimed, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” has there been such a misplaced declaration of support.

Then, a light bulb went on in the mayoral head. Like Saul on the road to Astoria, Bloomberg experienced something of an epiphany, declaring his annoyance at Con Ed’s “intolerable” performance.

And then again a year later when there was a more minor blackout in the city:

MAYOR Bloomberg called Wednesday’s short East Side and Bronx blackout a “minor inconvenience,” just after he declared that the subways aren’t crowded, despite the fact that the chief of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pleading “there’s no room at the inn.”

In fact, New York City faces real problems here – ones it can’t fix without the mayor taking the lead.

Even if Wednesday’s blackout was just a lightning-strike fluke, it’s a reminder that the city’s physical infrastructure, including its power- and people-transportation systems, is severely strained.

Indeed, the city’s infrastructure is terribly strained during the summer, a problem which one might think would provide an attractive political target for a nonpartisan technocrat with national aspirations who’s eager to prove he’s a man with solutions. Instead of spearheading a major initiative to upgrade the city’s rickety power grid, though, Bloomy’s passions lie with crap like banning smoking in Central Park and hassling restaurants about how much salt they put in their food. But I digress. The point here is that, for a would-be presidential candidate — especially one saddled with the image problem of being a billionaire during an age of populism and high unemployment — he can be astoundingly tone-deaf and arrogant. Can you imagine how he would have reacted to, say, the BP oil spill earlier this year as president? Actually, you don’t have to imagine. Dude.

Fairness-minded exit question: Is Bloomberg getting a bad rap? Click the image to watch.


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what’s the latest on the condition of the ford explorer?

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

A CEO worth his salt

that’s funny, considering the target of the pun….

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Bloomberg is one of those guys about whom you have to ask, if he is so rich, why isn’t he smart?

Skandia Recluse on December 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Bloomy’s passions lie with crap like banning smoking in Central Park and hassling restaurants about how much salt they put in their food.

small potatoes politician only biting off what he knows he can chew.…(hold the salt please)…

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Give Bloomberg a break.

He and his staff have been busy getting that victory Mosque built.

Priorities.

chief on December 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Bloomberg is one of those guys about whom you have to ask, if he is so rich, why isn’t he smart?

Skandia Recluse on December 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Being good at one thing doesn’t make one great at all things. That’s the problem: People think they can do anything. They can’t.

amerpundit on December 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Ask yourself this: Would this have happened in NYC if Guliani were mayor?

There’s your answer. Bloomberg gets a giant FAIL.

MikeknaJ on December 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

At first, Bloomberg blamed the winter storm on people who weren’t happy with the healthcare bill.

Weight of Glory on December 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Is he getting a bad rap? Naww, just don’t look at what Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, has been doing for the last 48 hrs….dude?!

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Yes, Bloomberg is getting a bad rap. ON the other hand he’s such a pompous, incompetent, elitist jerk. He does deserve it, just not for the snow. It seems there are two things that New Yorkers haven’t heard of: manners and snow shovels. God help those who help themselves.

Tommy_G on December 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The difference here is Con Ed is a public utility, while the failures in this case are all based on either MTA and/or city crews not being called out soon enough to do their jobs (or possibly in the Sanitation Department’s case, of crews deliberately not doing their jobs due to union protests over job cuts earlier in the year). No quasi-private company anywhere to blame for this boondoggle, other than to play a blame game with the unions and possibly chop off the heads of a few department bosses or MTA boss Jay Walder (who the mayor can’t touch, but incoming governor Andrew Cuomo can).

On the other side, Bloomie’s “No Labels” candidacy is still a year off, so everyone has plenty of time to forget about this. And if the media is anxious to see Mayor Mike run (under some misguided idea that he would take more votes from the Republican nominee than he would from Obama), you won’t hear much of anything about this after winter’s over, unless the mayor manages to screw up another storm next winter.

jon1979 on December 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM

FAIL

Connie on December 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

if he were truly an effective mayor, the WTC complex would have been rebuilt by now. but we know what his priorities are. himself and mosques.

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

But he’s banned the eating of cherry-flavored snow cones.

So, he’s sorta’ headed in the right direction.

SteveMG on December 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Crisis. Wasted.

Bloomie shoulda been shoveling. If he woulda been sitting on top of a dump truck loaded with snow shovels and passing them out like Al Sharpton passes out Turkeys at thanksgiving then we would not be having this conversation.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

The whole subject bores me. I wish 200 feet of snow would fall on NYC, or 400…

rightwingyahooo on December 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

if he were truly an effective mayor, the WTC complex would have been rebuilt by now. but we know what his priorities are. himself and mosques.

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Eh, a lot more going on than just the mayor, there.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

MOVE OUT OF NEW YORK CITY!! …or quit complaining.

dforston on December 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

dude. some kid tweeted Cory Booker about his mom being stuck in the snow, and Booker showed up at his house, dug his mom out and chewed his a$$ (in jest) because the mayor was in the street digging momma out, and junior was inside spankin’ it.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Here’s video of 3 sanitation trucks with plows sitting dormant while the union workers sit in Dunkin’ Donuts for 5 hours.

Fallen Sparrow on December 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM

The whole subject bores me. I wish 200 feet of snow would fall on NYC, or 400…

rightwingyahooo on December 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Blah lah lah I know, real Amurricah doesn’t care

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

junior was inside spankin’ it.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Sn0w Pr0n

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Here’s video of 3 sanitation trucks with plows sitting dormant while the union workers sit in Dunkin’ Donuts for 5 hours.

Fallen Sparrow on December 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM

There it is.

My friend posted a pic on FB of a MTA bus that’s been sitting, stuck in snow, doors open, since SUNDAY evening.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

he can be astoundingly tone-deaf and arrogant

uh oh. Looks like you better start shoveling yourself out.

note from city hall: “Nice block you got there, Allah, be a shame if we piled the snow from the surrounding 10 blocks around yours.”
cheers
Bloomie

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

This is just a repeat of the Winter of ’79 in Chicago. The city could not clear the snow fast enough. It was found the the snow removal plan written by a crony of the mayor for $75K was only two pages. The only roads/alleyways cleared belonged to the politically connected. The voters revolted at the next election and threw Bilandic out.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Blizzard_of_1979
http://www.super70s.com/Super70s/Tech/Nature/Disasters/Blizzards/79-Chicago.asp

rbb on December 29, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The other main point here is that this is a tacit admission that there is a limit as to what the government can accomplish. The other 364 days a year, there are rarely instances where something as rare as a 100-yr blizzard affects 100% of people nearly simultaneously. It is only in these instances, that government is forced to admit that, in this instance (but never others), they cannot respond effectively.

Keep this as part of your conservative lesson planner for tomorrow’s battles.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Lived in NYC during the 80′s when the city was shutdown as a result of a snow storm. Difference then, people did not depend on the gov’t for survival.

My 79 year old mother walked 3 1/2 miles through last years storms in Baltimore just because of her dedication to her patients at the Nursing home where she works. And a lady accompanied by her neighbors couldn’t get to the nearest hospital. We have become a nation of pussies.

Zaire67 on December 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

the good mayor should have had his muslim friends declare a FATWAH against the snow!!!

right4life on December 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

If Bloomie runs he could attract enough die hard Palin haters to split the Dem/RINO/NoLabel voters and give the ‘Cuda the election. (Assuming she gets the nom in this hypothetical). Run Bloomie, Ruuun.

Yep, those big city Northeasterner elites got it ALL together. What would we rubes do without them showing us the way to ‘git ‘er dun’.

JimP on December 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Maybe Bloomy should call former Chicago mayor Mike Bilandic for some advice.

Knucklehead on December 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Blah lah lah I know, real Amurricah doesn’t care

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Did you guys even get a foot? Hell, where I live we call that a light dusting. :)

Good Solid B-Plus on December 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Or maybe they could trade in all that anti-terrorist equipment that the feds gave them after 9-11 for some snow plows.

Wood Dragon on December 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

A CEO worth his salt

You mean they didn’t put enough salt on the streets?

One would think that Bloomberg would be good at snow jobs.

Rudy: Miss me yet?

Steve Z on December 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I heard of the newborn baby’s death on TV and was absolutely appalled.

INC on December 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Hey, does anyone remember the Red River flooding in North Dakota last year? Do you remember all of the North Dakotans and all of their caterwauling? Yeah, me neither.
http://www.ndsu.edu/fargo_geology/fldphotos2009.htm

Oh, BTW. Do you also remember the horrible flooding in Nashville, TN last year that got so much MSM and presidential attention??? Huh? You didn’t??
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/03/AR2010050304401.html

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Was Harlem affected? If so, Bloomie just must hate those that live there …./kanye

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Why is Allahpundit not giving us a live video feed of the snowpocalypse? With all the whining, I expect it to look like the Hoth scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, or is it more like that movie, Alive?

JavelinaBomb on December 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Did you guys even get a foot? Hell, where I live we call that a light dusting. :)

Good Solid B-Plus on December 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Near by nassau county got 25 inches

usually we are very good with storms. this is truly an exception.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM

You see, when Middle America (that part of the country that does NOT reside in NYC, Chicago, LA, DFW etc) suffers a big weather deal that affects a lot of people, the expectation is that everyone just pitches in, shuts up and puts their noses against the grindstone. “You got a problem, jack? Well, take it out on the snow..”

differences.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM

With all the whining, I expect it to look like the Hoth scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, or is it more like that movie, Alive?

JavelinaBomb on December 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

heh– I can just imagine a light saber slashing open some bum’s guts and shoving bloomies head in the cavity. Waaah!

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Near by nassau county got 25 inches

usually we are very good with storms. this is truly an exception.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM

If it hit Long Island, there’s a 99.9% chance this is divine vengeance for Jersey Shore.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Well, it’s a bit easier for them. I’m out in the more rural area of long island. lots of our residents have their own plows that they slap on every winter. that self sufficiency is a bit more easy to attain. my block all pitched in for a high power snow gobbler, so we do our whole block. In the city, not many people own cars, or can’t even park one with a plow on it, and don’t own a machine to blow.

But I also understand what you’re saying. People expecting stuff, and not many out there doing their part.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

My 79 year old mother walked 3 1/2 miles UPHILL BOTH WAYS through last years storms

Zaire67 on December 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

FIFY (jk ;-)

VibrioCocci on December 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

If it hit Long Island, there’s a 99.9% chance this is divine vengeance for Jersey Shore.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Everyone thinks the italian meat heads are in the Jersey Shore.

Heeeeellll naw
Come to Nassau county and western suffolk county. that is where you find ‘em!

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:56 PM

What offends me most about Bloomberg is his nerve to put an “R” next to his name.

Buttercup on December 29, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Nanny Bloomberger should do the RIGHT THING and resign as the mayor of NYC. The only true demonstration of accepting RESPONSIBILITY!

belad on December 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

But I also understand what you’re saying. People expecting stuff, and not many out there doing their part.

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

yeah, that’s my point and I make it lightly and in jest. NYC is an extraordinarily unique place with very unique travel conditions, in normal times. Stuff like this merely exposes how unique and friable those systems are. At a minimum, Bloomie should have been out there identifying which areas were passable, which were not, the priority of the work, status of the tunnels/subways, hospitals and emergency response assets. Moreover, he could’ve deployed 4-6x teams of combined plow/snowmachine/EMT personnel to retrieve sick women and newborns from hotels. 2 uptown, 2 midtown, 2 downtown. Oh well, he chillaxed and told everyone else to a well.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Everyone thinks the italian meat heads are in the Jersey Shore.

Heeeeellll naw
Come to Nassau county and western suffolk county. that is where you find ‘em!

blatantblue on December 29, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I’m pretty sure most of the Jersey Shore cast members are New Yorkers. Possibly even from ‘the Strong Island.’

Good Solid B-Plus on December 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Heck of a job, Bloomie!

American Elephant on December 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM

How can Bloomberg be expected to do mundane things like the the job he was elected to do when there’s millions of New Yorkers still smoking, eating salt and trans fats, owning guns and otherwise living in defiance of King Mike?

RadClown on December 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

junior was inside spankin’ it.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Potty Karate!

bluemarlin on December 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM

How can Bloomberg be expected to do mundane things like the the job he was elected to do when there’s millions of New Yorkers still smoking, eating salt and trans fats, owning guns and otherwise living in defiance of King Mike?

RadClown on December 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

he’s just working up to his “potential” apparently. G’head NYC….make him mayor for life.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Bloomy’s busy, like all progressives, making you fatties/racists better people! It’s a big job, but he will tear hicself away from his billions to fix you, not Gotham city.

Things like electricity and snow removal are just trivia compared to that.

PattyJ on December 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Bloomies position: No to snow removal, hell yes to MOSQUEs!

wear it Mikey…

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

The point here is that, for a would-be presidential candidate — especially one saddled with the image problem of being a billionaire during an age of populism and high unemployment — he can be astoundingly tone-deaf and arrogant.

I would say this arrogance comes from all sides of the fence though. On the one hand, yes. Bloomberg never has to worry about surges. His home(s) probably have back up generators. Ready to kick in the moment the power goes out. So he , living in that bubble, could hardly understand the malcontent of those who have to struggle sometimes, to pay that electric bill, and a lot of us do. Yet…we sometimes get subpar service, for all the money we dole out to them.

Same goes for those itching, and b!tching for their entitlements. They’re so certain everyone is getting so much, and living high off the hog…even lower middle income people…that they’re deserving of even their money thru taxes.

Unions. Mostly middle class people. Whining for their retirement benefits…which are being paid for, courtesy of our taxes. So our retirements sit, and piddle away, while we prop up theirs.

It’s a never ending, vicious cycle…and arrogance doesn’t know one income level, from the next.

capejasmine on December 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

If someone told Bloomies office that there was a MOSQUE under all that snow, then that shizzat woulda been gone toot sweet.

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I’m still trying to figure out how a city in the NE isn’t ready at a moment’s notice to handle twice that amount of snow?

It couldn’t possibly be a surprise, they bought all those snow plows after all.

Jim708 on December 29, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Initially he’s cavalier and condescending (“Yelling about it and complaining doesn’t help”)…

Well, I’m not sure I’d call it cavalier. It’s more as if he’s attempting to induce some shame and guilt in people for wanting what they want, which in this case is cleared streets. When I look at Hizzoner in that light, such attempts to belittle and shame fit in perfectly with his grandiose nanny personality, too.

Bottom line? Such behaviour wasn’t particularly becoming or necessarily effective when your mum tried it on you when you were three – and it certainly doesn’t age well, does it?

martin.hale on December 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Snow Justice…!

… or something.

Seven Percent Solution on December 29, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Here’s video of 3 sanitation trucks with plows sitting dormant while the union workers sit in Dunkin’ Donuts for 5 hours.
Fallen Sparrow on December 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM

To be fair and balanced, a YouTube commenter claims:

This video does not show the whole picture. What is happening in this video is that these three NYC Sanitation trucks are stuck in the snow and awaiting a wreckor tow truck in order to pull them out. Other than siit in a truck that is stuck in the snow for 5 hours the workers got something to eat and hot coffee. How do I know I was there and there were to many disabled cars to enter the street in order to remove the trucks.
patrkelly 10 hours ago

Buy Danish on December 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

When seconds count, government employees are hours/days away. Enjoy your smoke-free, unsalted, unsweetened, unarmed existence while you can.

mossberg500 on December 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

What’s more sad? The city that can’t shovel the snow. Or the people who, seeing that the city cant shovel it, won’t shovel out their own car?

lorien1973 on December 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

why are they comparing bloomberg to christie on the msm…hello? two TOTALLY different jobs or am I missing something here

cmsinaz on December 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

“…yeah, that’s my point and I make it lightly and in jest. NYC is an extraordinarily unique place with very unique travel conditions, in normal times. Stuff like this merely exposes how unique and friable those systems are. Said Tec C.”

Respectfully spoken: Come on Ted. I lived in the Big Apple. Great city, but what you said sounds like the typical NYC is the center of the universe mind set NYers have. “We are the most special people with the most special situations.” No, y’all aren’t. NYC is one of many large densely populated cities in the US and the world. Actually, having the subway and bodegas around nearly every corner gives you a huge advantage in this kind of situation that we hillbillies do not have. New Yorkers in truth are some of the most unsophisticated yokels in America. They don’t know, or care to know, diddly about anyplace BUT New York. That is parochialism, buddy. Big time. But thanks for the post Ted, I got a good chuckle. God bless ya and good luck with your snow removal.

JimP on December 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Where are the tire chains for the plows? Talk about a recipe for disaster… oh wait.

darwin-t on December 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM

But thanks for the post Ted, I got a good chuckle. God bless ya and good luck with your snow removal.

JimP on December 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM

dude! ha. I don’t live there….

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

JimP on December 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I’ve been there twice and dreaded going each time. The last time was a month ago and I had a great time, much better than I expected. Sorry for the misunderstanding but I’m a yokel too

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

“This video does not show the whole picture. blah blah blah….”

you forgot to post the response:

“I’d like to know how 3 independently operated trucks just happened to get stuck in front of a Dunkin Donuts. Is that just an absurd coincidence? Even if it was, it’s totally unacceptable for city employees to just kick their feet up for 5 hours during a snow emergency. People are dying because ambulances are stuck! Those guys should have taken a 20 minute break and then gotten back to digging out cars, directing traffic, or hauling stretchers through the snow like the rest of us!”

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

NYC is a sad case and hasn’t got the remotest clue that they are. They are so caught up in their own supposed mystique. I wonder what will happen when/if they wake up to reality.

jeanie on December 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

ted c on December 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Mea culpa, Ted. Thanks for the gracious correction.

JimP on December 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Let me be clear. I do not live in New York, so I don’t give a rip how bad things get there. New Yorkers are getting the government they deserve, and which they voted for. That’s the way it works.

MikeA on December 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Such a dripping liberal with his elitist act facade and no content. He knows nothing about anything and ignorance leads to arrogance. What a tool!

Bloomberg but no flower and he`s been munching that yellow snow where the huskies go.

Sherman1864 on December 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

The public has the right to expect the highest efficiency for the very least cost, the current municipal employee standard is so pathetically shy of the mark only spectacularly corrupt government could ever have set the bar so low as to make even FDR blush.

Speakup on December 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

The public has the right to expect the highest efficiency for the very least cost, the current municipal employee standard is so pathetically shy of the mark only spectacularly corrupt government could ever have set the bar so low as to make even FDR blush.

Speakup on December 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

The public in NYC keeps swallowing the propaganda put out by these employees’ unions, and rewards the politicians who give them more and more power and tax revenue with elected for life status. Every now and then an incident like this pops up that causes the proles to grumble a little bit, but the elites’ bought and paid for media will soon lull them back to sleep with some contrived scandal to distract them, and life will go on.

Probably by tomorrow, the White House will decide that Bloomie has bled enough and that it’s time to save him so he can still be a strong enough candidate to split the GOP vote in 2012 and guarantee an Obama re-election. They’ll huddle with the NYT and the No Labels crowd to figure out a way to blame everything on George W. Bush, and then mobilize FEMA with a disaster declaration so they can calm the masses with $2,000 debit cards. Spring will come, the snow will melt, and all will be forgotten, and the people in NYC will vote the same old corrupt crowd back in for another term of office.

As someone noted above, New York City is getting exactly the government it deserves. Enjoy it, libs.

Gator Country on December 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Gator Country on December 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I’ll cross post this from Michelle’s site.

If you’re offered really good tasting poison, would you drink it? That’s the Koolaid a liberal governance offers. Once you’re convinced to join the pity party its easy to be convinced of the, soft gentle night goodness, of the nanny state, all that’s required then is to rage against those perceived evils that have so unfairly sentenced you to the slavery of, feeling so sorry for yourself.

Speakup on December 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I don’t feel sorry for NYC. They were shown his incompetence in 06 & 07 with the blackouts and they chose to elect him to a historic 3rd term. they made their bed…

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Tajuan Bonds, a Newark resident, called upon the mayor to help clear the road in his neighborhood. He tweeted, “I’m stuck on bergen & grumman ave.”
Mayor Booker replied, asking for his phone number and directions. As soon as the mayor arrived, he sent a not-so-pleasant message to Bonds: “Wow u shud be ashamed of yourself. U tweet vulgarities & then I come out here to help & its ur mom & sis digging. Where r u?”

Bonds quickly showed up and posted a picture of his mother with Mayor Booker.

Bonds later posted on Twitter, “Cory booker really a mayor tho cuz he ratted on my to my moms. smh…my mom said ‘TaJuan I’m embarrassed’.”

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Gee, Bloomie, ya think?

kingsjester on December 29, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I don’t feel sorry for NYC. They were shown his incompetence in 06 & 07 with the blackouts and they chose to elect him to a historic 3rd term. they made their bed…

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

The problem is the city’s Republican infrastructure outside of Staten Island is even more pathetic than the state Republican Party, and the guys the Democrats put up against Bloomberg actually pine for the David Dinkins years (of six murders a day), as far as limits on police crime enforcement goes. So as annoying and hypocritical as Bloomberg is, the city’s going to get worse at least until 2017 (because odds are the next mayor elected in 2013 is going to be a true liberal Democratic squish) before it gets any better.

jon1979 on December 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Hey! If it had been GUNS, Bloomberg would have been all over it.

GarandFan on December 29, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Yes, Bloomberg is getting a bad rap. ON the other hand he’s such a pompous, incompetent, elitist jerk. He does deserve it, just not for the snow. It seems there are two things that New Yorkers haven’t heard of: manners and snow shovels. God help those who help themselves.

Tommy_G on December 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Ignorance of New Yorkers exhibited by the above person just pisses me off to no end.

For your information, we New Yorkers in all the outer boroughs (read: not Manhattan) spent HOURS shoveling ourselves and our neighbors out. HOURS. It’s just that we pay taxes for plows to run down our streets so we can then leave our homes and get to work.

Even the idiot Dinkins figured that out. Giuliani was a master of the storm.

Unless you were there in the freezing cold with a shovel in your hand, please shut up.

Mommynator on December 30, 2010 at 1:03 AM

And yet NYC keeps reelecting this tool. Democracy in action and the people of NYC deserve to get it good and hard.

jnelchef on December 30, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Of course he’s getting a bad rap. Who cares?

Hucklebuck on December 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM