Infant Death One of the Casualties of Blizzard-Crippled Government-Hobbled NYC
posted at 4:09 pm on December 29, 2010 by Howard Portnoy
Heck of a job, Bloomie.
That’s New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in case you’re wondering. And despite his repeated protestations that “we’re doing all we can,” the city response to Sunday’s blizzard has been so anemic that one might think that 20 feet of snow had fallen here instead of two.
Planes—and passengers—continue to sit idle at city airports, many of the subway lines and buses remain down, and in the boroughs outside of Manhattan streets are a winter wonderland.
Not that there’s anything wonderful about the tragedies that have occurred because emergency personnel were unable to reach victims on streets that should have been cleared of snow by now. The latest and so far youngest victim was a baby born last night inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn apartment building. Calls to 911 by a young mother in labor went unanswered for 10 hours because the EMTs were unable to negotiate the unplowed streets. By the time help arrived, the newborn was dead.
The grieving woman’s mother told the New York Daily News:
The mayor was spouting nonsense to say Crown Heights was plowed. It wasn’t. No one could get to her … Any other day she would have gotten to a hospital.
Other horror stories, some great, some small, have been reported over the two days since the snow fell. On Monday, a Queens woman waited three hours for first responders to reach her mother who was having trouble breathing. The mother died before a medical crew could reach the scene.
In the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn a woman was forced to spend the night with her father’s corpse because impassible streets made it impossible for the medical examiner to claim his body. Said the woman, Florence Simancas:
This is New York City, and I’m a New Yorker, and this is not the first storm we’ve ever had. Somebody dropped the ball … big-time.
Somebody indeed! That same somebody needed seven hours to dispatch an emergency crew to rescue passengers trapped aboard four subway trains without water or bathroom facilities in the early morning hours of Monday.
Even the avenues in Manhattan were unnecessarily choked with traffic after being plowed because the same somebody had the brilliant idea last summer of repainting the traffic lanes, eliminating one to make way for a bicycle path along the street’s curb. The project, which is part of Bloomberg’s “green agenda,” has produced mixed results.
Except in the last two days when the results have been uniformly outrageous—and tragic.
- Bloomberg tells snowbound New Yorkers to be patient, but natives are restless
- Travel in around NYC still problematic in wake of blizzard: Bloomberg under fire
- Blizzard strands “A” train passengers for seven hours
- Who is responsible for New York City’s bizarre new bike lanes?
- Bloomberg’s not-so-green green agenda