With temperatures dipping into the 30s overnight and close to 700,000 homes and businesses in New York City, its northern suburbs and Long Island still without electricity six days after the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that many homes are becoming uninhabitable and that tens of thousands of people are going to need other places to stay.
Over the weekend, the city opened warming shelters in areas without power and Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged elderly people without heat to move to them. The city also began handing out 25,000 blankets to those who insisted on staying in their homes.
“Please, I know sometimes people are reticent to take advantage of services. The cold really is something that is dangerous,” Bloomberg said.
Oh, do you mean "services" like the storm evacuation center you set up at Graphic Arts High School, the one with the human feces in the cafeteria, the drunken homeless men fighting over a donation of clean underwear and terrorizing tourists in the shelter, the psychopath who punched his infant and had to be tackled by eight security guards, and the rest of the horror show they had there?
Yeah, I can see why people might be "reticent" to take advantage of services like this.
Your track record on setting up city shelters, storm shelters, and warming shelters isn't so great, Mr. Mayor
Maybe if it was the NYC Marathon or the NRA, you'd give it some attention and focus.
But as things stand now, I completely understand the "reticence" of people from taking you up on your "warming centers."