Video: NYC councilman repeats charges of sanitation “snow slowdown”

posted at 8:57 pm on December 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

A follow-up to the story du jour. Note that Halloran’s limiting his accusation to Queens, not extending it to all five boroughs, which adds credibility in my mind. And yet, as much as we might want to dump the body count in the lap of the sanitation union, I’m not so sure callous public employee greed can explain this one. Simple idiocy is usually enough to explain government performance, and so too in this case perhaps:

At 3:58 a.m. on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service upgraded its alert about the snow headed to New York City, issuing a winter storm watch.
By 3:55 p.m., it had declared a formal blizzard warning, a rare degree of alarm. But city officials opted not to declare a snow emergency — a significant mobilization that would have, among other things, aided initial snow plowing efforts…

By 4 p.m. Sunday, several inches of snow had accumulated when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made a plea for help at his first news conference about the escalating storm: he asked people with heavy equipment and other kinds of towing machinery to call the city’s 311 line to register for work. A full day had gone by since the blizzard warning had been issued

By [Friday] morning, the Weather Service had been warning of a significant winter storm starting on Sunday afternoon. But at 11 a.m., the managers issued a proclamation of Plan 1 [the lowest emergency level for the transportation system]…

The decision would have far-reaching consequences: because of a quirk in the transit agency’s system, the plan chosen on Friday stays in effect all weekend. And the agency would not officially make the switch to Plan 4 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, when snow was already building up on the streets.

Because the agency had opted for the modest response, several important aspects of rescue operations and disaster preparedness — diesel trains and other heavy machinery, like trains that blow snow off tracks or spray antifreeze on the third rail — were not automatically deployed.

They thought the storm would miss NYC; when it didn’t, they were caught flat-footed. Such are the calculations made by can-do messianic “no labels” technocrats, my friends.

The bad news: Even New York’s governor is now calling for a criminal probe of the sanitation department over the slowdown allegations. The good news: Ka-ching!



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Lemme get this straight…. there are what 350 years gone by and New Yorkers are only now noticing something smells in city hall?

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Unions are so awesome. Hey, let’s get them involved in healthcare…

Missy on December 30, 2010 at 9:03 PM

People complain about Florida,but they have their act together for weather emergency preparedness.

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Wait- the city that was so heavily struck on 9/11…in the northeast…thought the storm would miss them and was thereby unprepared to react when it didn’t?

BKeyser on December 30, 2010 at 9:09 PM

If this is proven that Union bosses deliberately instructed workers to slow the work, then they just gave ammunition against public union.

Hopefully a shot heard around the country.

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

The bad news: Even New York’s governor is now calling for a criminal probe of the sanitation department over the slowdown allegations.

I am starting to wonder if the NY government officials are pushing this line in an attempt to deflect blame from themselves.

The story line for this master,clusterfu#k has gone from Bloomberg being in the line of fire to the unions.

Remember….democratic politicians will sell out anybody to save their political hides.

They had no problem selling out our country and our military to score political points on the Iraq War that they were for before they were against it.

Baxter Greene on December 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Note: The councilman says guilt-ridden sanitation works confessed the strategy.

amerpundit on December 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Direct attention to Obama for this fiasco like Katrina was directed at “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.

After all, the president is king and can do anything anytime he wants.

“Barack Obama doesn’t care about NY people !!!”

BowHuntingTexas on December 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Here is the NMA World Edition animators’ video on this controversy.

Terrie on December 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Look for the Union (State) Label — Kinda say’s it all ..

wheels on December 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

No worries, I’m sure Barry will find a snow stimulus to get Texas, or Missouri, or Florida dollars to New York by July or August.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

The Feds thought that they shut down Al Capone, et al.

Unions sprung up in their place.

Not hard to figure out.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM

No worries, I’m sure Barry will find a snow stimulus to get Texas, or Missouri, or Florida dollars to New York by July or August.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Where is the accounting for the twenty billion dollars that was wrenched from BP?

Clue: It ain’t here.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

A follow-up to the story du jour.

I think this story will be around for more than a day. I’m sure unionists and other leftists would like for us to go back to talking about Christine O’Donnell tomorrow, but I think they are stuck with this one for a while.

forest on December 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Tell me again…

… Why did we want to defeat the Soviet UNION?

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Winter blunderland.

JammieWearingFool on December 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

.
Very true, when I lived there snow removal was never a problem.

LincolntheHun on December 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

We could have the world’s largest Santa’s Village in the making. They might have to unionize the new Islamic Center to get them to make toys, but hey, think of the opportunities!

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Here is the NMA World Edition animators’ video on this controversy.

Terrie on December 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

That Corey Booker part was comedy freakin’ denius!!

Dominion on December 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Hmm WWCC do?

grapeknutz on December 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM

NYC wasn’t prepared in that movie about the giant hurricanes in the middle of winter that froze everything because of global warming.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM

You want to know what is keewwwllll about this…?

… Next election cycle, probably starting tomorrow, get ready for just under half a Trillion dollars of STIMULUS money of union goon ads, with the soft music, pictures of kids, misinformation, propaganda, and out right lies to push their agenda.

And not a single member of our “Free and Independent Press” will call them on it…

By the time Summer gets here…

… The unions will be the second coming of Pete. And this, just as Obowma’s Katrina in the Gulf Oil Spill, will have never happened.

Seven Percent Solution on December 30, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:34 PM

But then you’ll have a Minaret on every street corner.

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:43 PM

You guys hate New York. We’re a cesspool of liberal leaches, remember? Why is this a story to you?

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

SouthernGent on December 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Yeah, but Dennis Quaid will save us all!

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:45 PM

You guys hate New York. We’re a cesspool of liberal leaches, remember? Why is this a story to you?

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Naw, we don’t hate New York, just Queens and parts of Yonkers.

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Very true, when I lived there snow removal was never a problem.

LincolntheHun on December 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Did you go through one of our fabulous hurricanes?

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Naw, we don’t hate New York, just Queens and parts of Yonkers.

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:46 PM

a) You ought to hate all of Yonkers, not just the area my mother lives in

b) why queens? i moved to brooklyn, remember?

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

You guys hate New York. We’re a cesspool of liberal leaches, remember?
ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

remember clearly,dear. lived there for 25 years. Guiliani whipped it into the best it ever was.

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Does this mean the ball will freeze halfway down the pole tomorrow night? Are we stuck in 2010 forever?

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Does this mean the ball will freeze halfway down the pole tomorrow night? Are we stuck in 2010 forever?

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Oh Noes, Stuck in Obama Woes!

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Does this mean the ball will freeze halfway down the pole tomorrow night? Are we stuck in 2010 forever?

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM

AAAACCCCKKK…NOOOOOO!!

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Everyone run to NY….save the future.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 9:55 PM

By 3:55 p.m., it had declared a formal blizzard warning, a rare degree of alarm. But city officials opted not to declare a snow emergency — a significant mobilization that would have, among other things, aided initial snow plowing efforts…

Reminds me of when democratic Governor Blanco refused to declare a state of emergency in LA. after Bush asked her to days before the hurricane hit.

Bloomberg and the local NY government officials dropped the ball big time.

If they were doing their job and handling this crisis…the unions would not have been able to pull this stint if it is true.

The best thing that can happen out of this is the exposure of Bloomberg’s ineptness as a leader and the corruptness of unions on full display for all to see.

The democrats and their partnership with unions has brought nothing but corruption and failure to this country.

Baxter Greene on December 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

b) why queens? i moved to brooklyn, remember?

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Oh Snap, I forgot to include that one lane on the east bound Throgs Neck Bridge, just past the toll barrier.

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

hey now! the throgs neck is essential! without it, we’d have to take the whitestone!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I wouldn’t put it past these parasitic unions to stage such a childish protest but I also wouldn’t put it past the democrats trying to pass the blame onto some one else to save their own ass.

jawkneemusic on December 30, 2010 at 10:07 PM

hey now! the throgs neck is essential! without it, we’d have to take the whitestone!

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 9:59 PM

If you live in Brooklyn, why would you be taking the Throgs Neck instead of the Whitestone? I don’t think you live in Brooklyn at all. I think you’re in an underground bunker in Waziristan.

ardenenoch on December 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

If you live in Brooklyn, why would you be taking the Throgs Neck instead of the Whitestone? I don’t think you live in Brooklyn at all. I think you’re in an underground bunker in Waziristan.

ardenenoch on December 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Because the whitestone lets you out on the Hutchinson river parkway, which ALWAYS has traffic. ALWAYS!!! Sure, the throgs neck is further east, but its worth the trip. For the record, though, when I’m heading back up to yonkers I take the battery tunnel to 9A.

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 10:21 PM

A “quirk” in the system? Sounds to me like they close Friday and to hell with whatever happens on the weekend.

PattyJ on December 30, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Does this mean Ed will finally correct/retract this morning’s post in which he took enormous pains to be politely “fair” to all those poor underpaid, overworked unionized NYC snow removal crews?

Or does he still think those of us who actually, you know, a) read more than one report, b) live in the real world, and were pretty damn sure this was a straight story are “blizzfers” or “plowfers” or something?

MrScribbler on December 30, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Whatever. Proof please.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Because the whitestone lets you out on the Hutchinson river parkway, which ALWAYS has traffic. ALWAYS!!! Sure, the throgs neck is further east, but its worth the trip. For the record, though, when I’m heading back up to yonkers I take the battery tunnel to 9A.

ernesto on December 30, 2010 at 10:21 PM

You obviously live on the wrong patch of Mother Earth…both physically and mentally.

Why do this to yourself? Repent! ;)

Who is John Galt on December 30, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Whatever. Proof please.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Really? You give vinegar and water a bad name.

viviliberoomuori on December 30, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Because the whitestone lets you out on the Hutchinson river parkway, which ALWAYS has traffic. Sure, the throgs neck is further east, but its worth the trip. For the record, though, when I’m heading back up to yonkers I take the battery tunnel to 9A.

Is this the Phil Rizzuto memorial thread?

Emperor Norton on December 30, 2010 at 10:47 PM

NYC has apparently stiffed other contractors on snow removal gigs which of course severely limits the amount of help available.

DocinPA on December 30, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Where was FEMA at? How come Barry hasn’t sent in federal troops. It’s his fault that at least 2 people died. Harry Reid and the senate needs to start investigating this right away. The Manager of fema needs resign right now.

BruceB on December 30, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Public sector greed is the problem, but it has a simple solution. Not easy, but simple.

Mojave Mark on December 30, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Whatever. Proof please.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

One thing that one must respect about you is that you come back to a thread even when there’s a great chance of you being wrong.

The Post reported today that a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers confessed their protest plot to City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens). The workers were fuming over recent job cuts and cutbacks, the councilman and other sources told The Post.

This is from The Post so I’m sure you’re still skeptical, but Paterson is calling for a criminal investigation. Considering people died to include a young child, I hope you’re willing to admit it’s pretty dastardly if found to be true.

hawkdriver on December 30, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Whatever. Proof please.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

…Funny…

That’s what thinking people have been saying for years to liberals like you who yelled “Bush lied” and “Bush stole the election”.

…..still waiting for all that proof to confirm the accusations made by Obama and democratic leaders against the Chamber of Commerce to.

Baxter Greene on December 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Fire them all, nullify their pensions.

Next?

John the Libertarian on December 30, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Fire them all, nullify their pensions.

Next?

John the Libertarian on December 30, 2010 at 11:20 PM

It takes a Reagan to do something that spectacular, JTL.

hawkdriver on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 PM

They thought the storm would miss NYC New Orleans; when it didn’t, they were caught flat-footed.

If Bush were still President, this would be all his fault. Including the snow storm.

ramrants on December 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

I have a sister in NJ near the shore, where they got hammered with 2 feet plus and also had very poor snow removal. Rumor in her town is that the workers were told to slow down to show displeasure over Gov. Christie’s budget cuts. hmmmm….

Rosmerta on December 31, 2010 at 12:05 AM

I am starting to wonder if the NY government officials are pushing this line in an attempt to deflect blame from themselves.

Baxter Greene on December 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Who gives a shyte Bax? Let’s take a play from the progs
rule book.
If it hurts the enemy it should be used.

Specially if they’re shooting at each other.
OTOH-

OkieDoc on December 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM

hawkdriver on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Wasn’t the firing of the air traffic controllers the greatest?

John the Libertarian on December 31, 2010 at 12:18 AM

WWGD – What would Guiliani do? The man knew how to run that city.

PatMac on December 31, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Wasn’t the firing of the air traffic controllers the greatest?

John the Libertarian on December 31, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Well, in retrospect it was. I was pretty ignorant at the time. I came from a major liberal background and Reagan was the guy that turned me around. The ATC firings was a little over my political understandings back then. The Navy Officers whose kids I coached, really clued me into the world of Reagan and politics.

hawkdriver on December 31, 2010 at 12:39 AM

People died because of this and the Union Bosses should be charge with involuntary manslaughter!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on December 31, 2010 at 5:51 AM

Conspiracy does not need to be successful to be prosecutable.

ajacksonian on December 31, 2010 at 7:19 AM

They had a plan but didn’t use it. I’ll bet they announced their plan and all the sheeple felt secure instead of doing some planning of their own. Now all they want to do is complain about govt. Did the governor have a plan? Why not declare a state emergency and send in the Natl Guard to help clean up. I know he’s leaving office but he’s still gov until the 1st.

Kissmygrits on December 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

On the bright side, there’s no salt or transfats in their food. Makes it easier for them to shovel out manually since their government has made them so much healthier.

My love for NYC is all but dead these days.

TheBigOldDog on December 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I think this is mostly payback for the mosque position he took. Payback sucks, eh?

AnninCA on December 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM

The question now is what are they going to do about it.

flataffect on January 1, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Wait, this is all global warming and that snow is only a figment of New Yorker’s imagination. However, what NYC needs is more entitlement programs and no salt or real butter.

Wills on January 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM