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Monday, December 27, 2010

Bloomberg: "Deal With It."

Gotta love how easily the Mayor of Accountability passes the buck for why so much of the city remains unplowed and paralyzed 12 hours after the blizzard that wasn't a blizzard ended (winds in Manhattan never got above 36 MPH, therefore the storm was technically not a blizzard.)

Here's the Gothamist on how Moneybags reacted to questions about how the city handled the storm:

Mayor "Deal With It" Bloomberg recently reacted to Blizzageddon 2010, which left many wondering just what city he thinks he's living in. He told reporters:

"The world has not come to an end. The city is going fine, Broadway shows were full last night. There are lots of tourists here enjoying themselves. Two people told me they went to the theater last night and afterwards tried to get into a restaurant and there was a waiting list. I think the message is, 'The city goes on.'"

He added to the Daily News, "Many people are taking the day off. Most stores are open. There's no reason for anybody to panic." Except with mass transit down and many neighborhoods remaining unplowed, there kind of is. One tipster wrote us from Avenue N and East 14th Street in Brooklyn: "What's happening to the local streets? Our street hasnt had a plow at all. We are 87 years old and cant get our car out for any emergency. How soon will they plow locally?"

Well, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said they'd get to it when they get to it. "Some [streets] will be cleaned today, some tonight, some unfortunately not until tomorrow," he said. "When we clear your block, don't get out and start shoveling snow back out there." But City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who spent all morning shoveling snow in Astoria, said that's not soon enough. He said, "In that entire time, I haven't seen a single plow - except the one that crashed into a car and has been stuck, since before 6 a.m., at 21st Street and 21st Drive. In past snow storms, other plows would have come through by now." They were probably just blocked by all the stuck buses.

The Gothamist points out that of course Bloomberg thinks the city handled the storm well and the world didn't come to an end. Here's how his street looked today:

Here, on the other hand, is how another part of the city where people who do not regularly associate with Bloomberg at UES parties live looked today:

Ah, yes, accountability Bloomberg-style.

It's never his fault when things go wrong, he must never be questioned when things go badly and one might reasonably want to ask questions why, and if you don't like it, well, just deal with it.


  1. Is it true we can now get value-added snow plowing?

  2. If we can, Bloomberg gets declared "ineffective snowplower" and slated for firing.