Mayor Bloomberg deserves an answer. “What can I do?” he demanded to know when reporters pressed him about his absence following Sunday’s train crash.
Here’s his answer: Show up. That’s the job, and until Jan. 1, he should do it without whining.
It is a blot on his record that he remained AWOL despite knowing the horrific details. As four riders lay dead and scores were injured in the Bronx derailment, the mayor continued to play golf in Bermuda. His admission that he learned of the tragedy soon after it happened at 7:20 a.m. but didn’t return to the city until nightfall shows an indifference that is like telling the boss to “take this job and shove it.”
Suppose the accident had not been an accident. Suppose scores were dead and hundreds injured. Would the mayor have continued to play golf?
However you slice it, there’s no defense for his decision. He blew off his responsibility because he doesn’t have to face voters again, and the effort by aides to argue that the mayor could play because Gov. Cuomo was working is pathetic. It’s impossible to imagine Ed Koch or Rudy Giuliani making the “it’s not my job” argument.
Indeed, even Bill de Blasio knows better. The mayor-elect said it was “important to be there” and added: “My instinct is to be present even if the city is not the lead.”
To be lectured to by de Blasio must gall Bloomberg, but he can only blame himself. He screwed up big time.
Elect a sociopath who doesn't care about people in the individual (only in the abstract - as data) and this is what you get.