DeBlasio: Yes, maybe we should have plowed the Upper East Side

posted at 9:41 pm on January 22, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

A possibility of politically motivated, petty, road-related retribution that won’t be getting a brigade of national reporters to investigate it.

It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!

Huge swaths of the city’s wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold, according to the city’s own map of snow-plower activity.

“He is trying to get us back. He is very divisive and political,” said writer and Life-long Upper East Sider and mom Molly Jong Fast of Mayor de Blasio.

“By not plowing the Upper East Side, he is saying, ‘I’m not one of them.’ But we have everyone in this area on the Upper East Side. We have rich people, middle class people, and housing projects. We have it all.”

There appeared to be no snow plowing between East 59th and 79th Streets and between Second and Fifth Avenues.
“I can’t believe de Blasio could do this. He is putting everyone in danger,” said Barbara Tamerin, who was using ski poles to get around 81st Street and Lexington Avenue.

“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”

But I’m sure this mayor, just inaugurated, couldn’t possibly have already created an environment that would suggest subpar treatment of those in this part of town might be acceptable, right? I mean, what’s he had time for? Not much more than inauguration ceremonies. Oh:

The rude awakening began moments into the ceremony when the singer and activist and Harry Belafonte promised that Mayor de Blasio “would not let this city remain a community divided.”

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., a Sanitation Department chaplain, then compared the city to a “plantation” in an invocation that was an extended metaphor on slavery.

Even the city’s 18-year-old Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana took aim at Bloomberg. She recited an original composition that described New York City as plagued by “classism,” with the “brown-stoned and brown-skinned playing a tug of war.”

But it was the city’s new public advocate, Letitia James, who delivered the harshest attack, a fiery speech that read like a wholesale repudiation of the Bloomberg era.

“The growing gap between the haves and the have-nots undermines our city and tears at the fabric of our democracy,” James said.

She went on to describe “a gilded age of inequality” where “decrepit” housing developments stand in the shadows of multimillion-dollar condos and “stop-and-frisk abuses” “have been touted as ‘success stories’ as if crime can only be reduced by infringing on the civil liberties of people of color.”

DeBlasio admitted today he did indeed fail in his first test of basic city services, ironically, for a big chunk of those who pay the most for those services and take the most crap for it:

Looks like Mayor de Blasio has snow on his face.

After defending the city against critics who claimed sanitation workers were slow to plow a ritzy Manhattan neighborhood after a record snowfall, de Blasio reversed himself Wednesday after visiting the area.

“While the overall storm response across the city was well-executed, after inspecting the area and listening to concerns from residents earlier today, I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side,” de Blasio said in a statement Wednesday.

“I have instructed the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation to double-down on cleanup efforts on the Upper East Side, and as a result, 30 vehicles and nearly 40 sanitation workers have been deployed to the area to finish the cleanup. Our crews will remain on the streets around the clock until the roadways are clear in every neighborhood, in every borough, across New York City.”

DeBlasio said the Upper East Side debacle was not political: “They’re just mistaken,” de Blasio said. “No one was treated differently. We believe in a five borough approach in everything we do. People need to be mindful when they hurl those charges.”

But several high-profile New Yorkers attested to the fact that storm response was way below what it has been in the past.

“I have lived in this city for 35-years,’ said host Joe Scarborough. ‘And I have never seen such chaos.’

And, when you’ve lost Al Roker:

But don’t worry, y’all. He can really talk up a storm on inequality. It won’t save you from this storm, but priorities, priorities.

Update:
Noah Rothman beat me to this point, so I wanted to point it out as soon as I saw it this evening.


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I guess the Upper East Siders shouldn’t have voted for him, hm?

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Nothing quite like drowning in snow on your way to starving. Enjoy suckers!

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

DeBlasio sounds like another THUG to me!

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Can’t say I give a damn about NY at all.

Murphy9 on January 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

They voted for him. Now they can live with the consequences.

Gator Country on January 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

So this tinpot mayor of NYC,
does he live with his family in the projects ?

burrata on January 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Hannity suggested there are two maps, who voted for him and who didn’t/who got plowed out and who didn’t.

Same map.

wolly4321 on January 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

LOLZ! Just too damned funny…

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

So when will he force NYers to take dumps on NYPD cruisers ? For income equality you know ?

burrata on January 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

So this guy got elected because he’s all about equality and, in his first act as mayor, equality took a vacation.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Couldn’t happen to a better neighborhood. Upper West Side is filled with limousine liberals who’s shiz don’t stink. I dunno, I didn’t have any probs navigating midtown, but there were a lot of ticked-off people beeatching about the snow removal…or lack thereof.

Fudging snow plowing is fine with me…keeps the mayor from screwing up more important stuff.

JetBoy on January 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”

anonymous NYC citizen

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NO … you need Giuliani back.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Can’t say I feel bad for the subjects of NYC.

You were warned.

tru2tx on January 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

We used to have a troll called UpperEastSide.

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

DeBlasio sounds like another THUG to me!

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

…lol!…you’re racist!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

We used to have a troll called UpperEastSide.

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

…1st thing I thought of …when the story broke!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

THE MSM will go crazy over this…. you all know it.
/

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Allah! Hope you’re workin’ on the Fatman QOTD!

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”

anonymous NYC citizen

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NO … you need Giuliani back.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

DeBlasio is on his way to making even Bloomy look good. Maybe even Dinkins :/

JetBoy on January 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

We used to have a troll called UpperEastSide.

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

…1st thing I thought of …when the story broke!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I forgot about UpperYeastSide! Man, they come and go, don’t they.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

They deserve each other.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Where does Allah live in NYC ?

burrata on January 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Allah! Hope you’re workin’ on the Fatman QOTD!

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

-_-

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I guess the Upper East Siders shouldn’t have voted for him, hm?

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Good to see your name, Meryl, and LMAO about the liberal nitwits of the upper east side voting in a communist and then bitching about snow removal. What does a communist care about snow removal?

Jaibones on January 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I forgot about UpperYeastSide! Man, they come and go, don’t they.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I think UpperEastSide and Urban Elitist are the same troll, aren’t they?

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Sorry to any New Yorkers, but screw them. Let them cry their little hearts out. They voted for a guy who ran on this type of stuff and now they are indignant when it happens. Sit back, and enjoy the show.

JAGonzo on January 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I think UpperEastSide and Urban Elitist are the same troll, aren’t they?

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

That’s why I forgot about upperyeastside. UrbaneDefeatist is still here.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

We used to have a troll called UpperEastSide.

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

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Was he/she/it banned ?

It’s been a while . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I think it was. It got out of hand one morning.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Was he/she/it banned ?

It’s been a while . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Yep

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

De Blasio is obviously racist. The only reason he didn’t plow there is because that’s where George and Louise moved to.

malclave on January 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM

…so is it going to be fatso…or JugEars for the QOTD?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

“I have lived in this city for 35-years,’ said host Joe Scarborough. ‘And I have never seen such chaos.’

What the hell is he talking about? He was a Florida congressman.

Mark1971 on January 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Heres a Visual:
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Caterpillar D11 Dozer in Action:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYQV5GOPQPw

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

You vote for getting kicked in schmenkie and then you get kicked in the schmenkie and you complain? Stop complaining; Mayor DeBolshevik hasn’t even put on his pointy shoes yet.

M240H on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Once again, the proof is in the pudding. Commies good with the rhetoric, poor in execution.

RdLake on January 22, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The same people who voted for change with Obama probably voted for this mayor. They certainly are getting it from the federal side and now will locally. The story some months ago about the liberals complaining when they lost their health insurance should have been instructive, but apparently not.

amr on January 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I guess the Upper East Siders shouldn’t have voted for him, hm?

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

They didn’t.

steebo77 on January 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

…so is it going to be fatso…or JugEars for the QOTD?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

How about Wendy Davis – The Bimbo!

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Sometimes to create.. one must first destroy,,.
***********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx54f_N7s34

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”

anonymous NYC citizen
.

NO … you need Giuliani back.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

.
DeBlasio is on his way to making even Bloomy look good.

JetBoy on January 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

.
I’m not disagreeing that Bloomberg was/is a “lesser evil”.

Only saying that Giuliani is probably the best NYC has had, in my lifetime.
.

Maybe even Dinkins :/

JetBoy on January 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

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“Maybe even Dinkins”? … Wow, that’s really “pushing the envelope.”

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

…so is it going to be fatso…or JugEars for the QOTD?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

KOOLAID2: My lootery is on Sochi Terrorism???:)

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

What the hell is he talking about? He was a Florida congressman.

Mark1971 on January 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

So was Bob Wexler. Didn’t mean he lived here.

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

New York, NY, US
5h
New York City Mayor de Blasio: ‘I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side’ – @ABC7NY
see original on twitter.com
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/northeast-us-severe-winter-weather-jan-21-2014/

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Evil Republicans attack Socialist visionary with Global Warming induced snow storm.

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I guess the Upper East Siders shouldn’t have voted for him, hm?

Meryl Yourish on January 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

They didn’t — Check out the 2013 election map. The East side between 34th and 96th Street voted Republican. That makes not plowing the streets in the area by de Blasio not just a class/income issue, but one of punishing people who didn’t support him. Which also makes it the exact same as the Fort Lee on-ramp kerfufle the national media got the vapors over when Christie’s aides were caught doing it.

jon1979 on January 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

…so is it going to be fatso…or JugEars for the QOTD?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

March For Life?

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

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canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Now its Plow-Gate!!!!
Or is it Plow-Nado??

Regardless, NY’s Mayor is one big uber-douche that the voters will live to regret.

SmallGovtGuy on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Maybe even Dinkins :/

JetBoy on January 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

.
“Maybe even Dinkins”? … Wow, that’s really “pushing the envelope.”

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

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Did that last remark qualify me as “racist”? … I didn’t think about it before I hit ‘submit comment’.

listens2glenn on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

jon1979 on January 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Oh, it’s payback time!

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 10:39 PM

What the hell is he talking about? He was a Florida congressman.

Mark1971 on January 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Working for MSNBC probably makes it feel like 35 years.

jon1979 on January 22, 2014 at 10:39 PM

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

…it was curtain # 4….the fat man again!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

…it was curtain # 4….the fat man again!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

KOOLAID2: UGHS,..your right,..pasty/copy’d the comment to QOTD:)

canopfor on January 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Traffic and road closures were lowered by 33% since last year.

Of course, 1/3 of the populace was ordered to vacate the state under the directive of Field Marshall Cuomo, but that was within statistical acceptance of the 4 Year Plan.

Rambotito on January 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Just wait til the trash on the Upper East Side stops getting picked up.

lonestar1 on January 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Joe Scarborough has been living in NYC for 35 years?

OxyCon on January 22, 2014 at 11:44 PM

We used to have a troll called UpperEastSide.

22044 on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I don’t think he was banned. Probably finishing up debate class at Columbia U.

arnold ziffel on January 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Manhattan is nothing but a s#*thole, and anyone who chooses to live there doesn’t deserve any better.

MisterElephant on January 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Ok so where’s the media and the 2 hour apology press conference. No one getting fired….oh wait its a democrat. Sorry I forgot

jaywemm on January 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Hmm you think, you stupid jackarse?!

Born in Manhattan but thank god my parents moved when I was 3.

SgtSVJones on January 23, 2014 at 12:43 AM

People need to be mindful when they hurl those charges.

And youse guys in New York know what DAT means!

NavyMustang on January 23, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., a Sanitation Department chaplain,

Why the hell does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain?

John Deaux on January 23, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., a Sanitation Department chaplain

the city’s 18-year-old Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana

the city’s new public advocate, Letitia James,

This speaks volumes about whats wrong with most liberal run cities. They pay people big $$ to do jobs that should be voluntary or not exist. And they didn’t say “the” Sanitation Department Chaplain, which suggest they have more than one.

Alabama Infidel on January 23, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Why the hell does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain?

John Deaux on January 23, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Or a Youth Poet Laureate (not to be confused with the adult one).

Not a bad gig for a $25K/year job if you could find one.

blammm on January 23, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Enjoy the misery you NYC dopes voted for, and don’t say you weren’t warned.

AZCoyote on January 23, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Hey liberal new yorkers, what are ya bitchin about
its all global warming right..

its not like some bridge got lanes closed.

oh wait this aint a scandal as it was a democrat

now if a republican did not plow the streets ohhhh a special prosecutor would be needed, i mean there are plenty available since there is non for benghazi, fast n furious, nsa, irs, spying on reporters, solyndra kickbacks, unconstitutional changes in obamacare law done illegially .
see lots of them are out of work.

sniffles1999 on January 23, 2014 at 7:32 AM

geepers you would think it was a closed bridge or something, as we all know how baaaad that is.

but refusing to plow streets as political punishment by a dem, well thats ok, right?

sniffles1999 on January 23, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Having lived over 20 years in the Upper East Side, I can tell you there is no reason for any part of Manhattan to be missed. There are plenty of plows in that borough — enough to start plowing every square inch within 5 minutes of the first flake falling. This is unprecedented in Manhattan. Missing the UES is prima facie evidence that it was intentional.

What a tool DeBlasio is.

Nomennovum on January 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

So, will MSLSD do a one hour special on PlowGate?

dogsoldier on January 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM

I think UpperEastSide and Urban Elitist are the same troll, aren’t they?

TarheelBen on January 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

All part of the same liberal hive-mind.

CurtZHP on January 23, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Once again, its another leftists db who is either incompetent or seeking vengeance but we can’t tell because all the soothsayers are trying to protect their boy.

Its like every level you go to from the top of the ticket down is either corrupt or incompetent.

I can’t wait until the squeegee people are back.

Lonetown on January 23, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Boo hoo, all you Upper East Siders. Why should you be surprised that you’re getting the government you voted for?

olesparkie on January 23, 2014 at 8:08 AM

De Blahsio!

De Bluesio!

De Bingo was his name O!

Sherman1864 on January 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Why the hell does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain?
John Deaux on January 23, 2014 at 6:19 AM

To pray for the garbage?

Sherman1864 on January 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Molly Jong-Fast? Her mother is Erica Jong. Her father is Jonathan Fast whose father is Howard Fast (1914-2003), was the author of many best-selling novels, including Spartacus (1951), which became the basis for the 1960 film of the same name. Howard was a member of the American Communist Party.
These people are as lefty as New Yorkers come.

YAY.

vityas on January 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

New Yorkers
Get what they deserve
Good and hard

Haiku Guy on January 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Police Commish. Ray Kelly on the new mayor.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/nypd-commish-kelly-de-blasio-full-s-article-1.1517775

diogenes on January 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Mrs. Haiku Guy works in Midtown. She says that after the last storm, 42nd Street in front of Grand Central Station had not been plowed 24 hours after the snow stopped falling.

There is no way you forget to plow in front of Grand Central Station by accident.

Haiku Guy on January 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

typical democrat
typical new york or Chicago attitude.

same time frame – after an election.

RonK on January 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

The sad thing is the idiots who live in the Upper East Side probably voted for the socialist pig.

redware on January 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., a Sanitation Department chaplain

LOL

msupertas on January 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Where’s Rachael Maddow calling this ‘Snow-ghazi’?! (Rolling eyes)…good grief!

easyt65 on January 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Did these folks vote for the socialist? Considering that NYC is a liberal mecca that answer is probably yes. Enjoy your socialist utopia stupid lefties. No sympathy from this Texas girl.

neyney on January 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty creatively explains why the plows missed an entire area: “The GPS was not working.”

Colony14 on January 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Remember “The Jeffersons”, the TV sitcom about the black family “movin’ on up to the East Side, … to finally get a piece of the pie”?

As soon as they shovel the streets, they’ll be movin’ on back!

Steve Z on January 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

There is no way you forget to plow in front of Grand Central Station by accident.

Haiku Guy on January 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Another Train to Nowhere, New Yawk style!

Steve Z on January 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM