Morning Read: More Political and Neurological Than Meteorological

The Bloomberg administration on Monday admitted to a host of errors in its handling of the paralyzing snowstorm last month, describing a lack of preparation, confused lines of authority and an ignorance of on-the-ground conditions.

Stephen Goldsmith unveiled a 15-point plan to deal with future snowstorms, but, as Clyde Haberman  notes, none of the 15 points recommends that the mayor not suggest to New Yorkers next time that they are whiners when they complain about things not going right.

Since the administration won’t, the DN names names.

And Michael Wilson writes, “In January 2011, following on the slushy heels of the Blizzard Debacle of 2010, a snowstorm is an event more political and neurological than meteorological, with hand-wringing and orating and blame-laying heralding the coming clouds more intensely than the Weather Channel does. The New Yorker’s sensitization to snow seems to be at an alarmingly high level once reserved for invading redcoats or sewer alligators. The city’s security slogan could easily read, ‘If You See Snow, Say Something.'”

School officials have closed 10 classrooms in two Staten Island elementary schools as they await test results to see if children and staff have been exposed to PCB-contaminated air.

The Environmental Protection Agency and some local politicians have been pressuring the city to more aggressively confront the issue of aging fluorescent light fixtures suspected of PCB contamination.

In the wake of the Giffords shooting, profound disagreements on gun laws by New York lawmakers.

Gov. Cuomo on Monday shot down Assembly-led efforts to link his proposed property-tax cap with beefed-up rent regulations.

Shelly Silver seemed to back down from the idea as well.

Although Cuomo promised paycuts, a number of his aides are getting paid more.

Michael Gormley analyses Cuomo’s first weeks.

The first day of the 2011 legislative session began with a whimper, not a bang, Rick Karlin writes.

A Manhattan judge ruled that the city may release performance rankings of thousands of teachers to the public, denying a request by the teachers union to keep the teachers’ names confidential. The UFT has said that they will appeal.

Wal-Mart has kicked off an intense media campaign to sell itself to New Yorkers.

Stephen Goldsmith also struggled with a snowstorm when he was mayor of Indianapolis.

The M.T.A is looking to shut down some subway lines in future storms.

Bill Hammond disapproves of Cuomo’s three men in the executive mansion meeting yesterday: governors who go behind closed doors with legislative bosses rarely escape with their souls intact.

Brooklyn and Queens have to decide what to do with the Newtown Creek settlement money.

Kevin Parker was stripped of his post.

Tom DiNapoli just isn’t in to selling the state’s assets.

 

Morning Read: More Political and Neurological Than Meteorological