Morning Read: ‘The Best Things People Can Do’

The mayor of New York City shoveling his sidewalk today. (Photo: Twitter/@JoshRobin)

The mayor of New York City shoveling his sidewalk today. (Photo: Twitter/@JoshRobin)

Headline of the Day: “Tish James comes in with a bang.”

Runner-Up: “What Really Happened to De Blasio’s FDR Bible.”

An especially pointed New York Times editorial today ripped into Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s inauguration for distorting the facts of Michael Bloomberg‘s record: “Mr. Bloomberg had his mistakes and failures, but he was not a cartoon Gilded Age villain. He deserved better than pointless and tacky haranguing from speakers eager to parrot Mr. de Blasio’s campaign theme.”

The editorial—which called out Public Advocate Tish James as the event’s “worst”–concludes: “Everyone in the city should be looking forward to his efforts to give a voice to the voiceless, to ease the suffering of the poor, and to increase opportunities for all. The emphasis should be on ‘looking forward.’ After, of course, he handles this week’s snowstorm.”

Speaking of the storm, Dante de Blasio quickly learned yesterday what it feels like to be a member of the first family, when a private conversation leaked suggesting he’d try and get his dad to cancel the school day. (A source told Politicker the conversation was indeed real.) Mr. de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, had an innovative response on Twitter, however.

The Brooklyn Bureau took a look at what Borough President Eric Adams will bring to his new office after 12 years of Marty Markowitz. “Everybody knows I can be a flamethrower; now I have to be a coalition grower,” Mr. Adams said. “I have to evolve to the statesman who can run this borough.”

The front page of the Daily News took issue with Bill Bratton‘s choice of John Miller, a CBS correspondent with police experience, to head up a counter-terrorism unit. “And then hope that Bratton is right that his in-and-out-of-television confidant is up to his no-margin-for-error responsibilities,” the paper ominously editorialized.

Still, for Mr. de Blasio, how well the city keeps the streets plowed will provide the first mark on his mayoral record. “We are focused like a laser on protecting the people of this city and getting everyone ready,” Mr. de Blasio declared yesterday. Later this morning he has an event at a sanitation department repair shop in Queens.

Here’s Mr. de Blasio’s full storm update from this morning:


The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning remains in effect across all five boroughs and much of the region through 1 PM Friday. With heavy snow, gusts of up to 35 MPH and wind chills from 5 to 15 below zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio urges New Yorkers to exercise caution in going outdoors, refrain from any unnecessary travel and, if going to work today, to utilize public transit and allow additional time for their morning commute.

“This has been and remains a dangerous storm. It is going to be bitter cold today, and New Yorkers need to be extremely careful going outdoors. The best things people can do are to stay off the roads so we can clear them as fast as possible, and to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbors who might need help this morning,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Mayor de Blasio announced the following updates and encouraged New Yorkers to sign up for NotifyNYC alerts at for the latest news on services affected by the storm. Information is also available by calling 311.


All New York City public schools are closed today.

Student after-school programs and PSAL games are cancelled.


All classes at the City University of New York are cancelled.

Snow Removal

Nearly 2,500 DSNY, DOT, DEP and Parks plows are on the streets as of early this morning. The top accumulations so far are 6.5 inches. High winds will continue to blow plowed snow back into the streets, requiring additional passes.

The PlowNYC feature is activated at, posting real-time updates of snow clearance.

The Sanitation Department will be calling in pre-registered snow laborers to clear crosswalks, bus stop shelters and other locales.

Residents and business owners are urged not to shovel snow into the street when shoveling sidewalks and cars, which will delay snow clearance.

Garbage Collection

There will be no trash and recycling pickups until snow clearing efforts are complete.


Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended citywide Friday, January 03, 2014, to facilitate snow removal after consultation with DSNY.

Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry will be operating on a modified rush hour schedule this morning with boats departing every 20 minutes. Passengers should allow more time for their morning commutes.

East River Ferry service is running.

Rockaway Ferry service is suspended.

Emergency Services

All city hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.

911 call volumes remain average. Additional ambulances are being added to supplement service while difficult travel conditions persist.

Homeless Outreach

The Department of Homeless Services continues to use its Cold Weather Emergency Procedure, Code Blue, to protect unsheltered individuals. Community members that identify someone on the street they believe needs assistance should call 311 and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team; in any emergency community members should call 911. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual’s condition and take appropriate action.

During a Code Blue, homeless adults can access any shelter location for single individuals. Beds are available system-wide to accommodate anyone brought in by outreach teams or walk-ins.

Senior Services

Senior Centers remain closed today.

Home delivered meals clients received double meals on Thursday, and have shelf-stable meals that will last through Monday.