Leaving His Shovel Behind
The Land of Ice & Snow
Bill de Blasio has yet to say when he will make the move to Gracie Mansion official, but when he does, the mayor will give up one of his signature displays of everyman appeal: shoveling his own sidewalk.
Mr. de Blasio, who has been spotted and photographed shoveling snow in front of his three-story Park Slope row house repeatedly this winter, shared his thoughts on the matter during yet another storm briefing today at City Hall.
The Land of Ice & Snow
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today employed one of his favorite weather-related phrases, “the new normal,” to connect the endless series of winter flurries blanketing the Empire State to the broader impacts of climate change.
Speaking with reporters on a conference call this morning, Mr. Cuomo announced that he had just declared a state of emergency and cited a salt shortage as one of the complicating factors in mitigating the storm. But, he stressed, government agencies will need to fundamentally adjust in order to deal with these kinds of challenges.
Snow Big Deal
Bill de Blasio is now visibly annoyed at the constant blizzards bombarding New York.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, the new mayor repeatedly sighed and expressed his exasperation at Mother Nature, which is set to deliver the fourth significant snowstorm of his tenure later today, with yet more bad weather forecast for later week.
the littlest borough
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised today that the city’s response to the latest snow storm will be much better than last time, when Upper East Side residents complained about unplowed streets and the mayor subsequently went to the neighborhood to basically apologize and vow to redouble his efforts.
Mr. de Blasio, appearing with his sanitation commissioner and other top officials at City Hall, told reporters that certain improvements, like canceling trash collection earlier and allowing the Sanitation Department to access NYPD surveillance cameras, would make snow plowing more efficient this time around.
let it snow
It’s not just the Upper East side that deserved better plowing after this week’s snowstorm, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted today.
Though Mr. de Blasio staunchly defended his administration’s East Side snow-clearing efforts immediately after the storm, he eventually reversed himself, personally visiting the neighborhood, issuing an effusive statement and promising to redouble his efforts.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio made an unannounced stop this afternoon on the Upper East Side, where residents had assailed his snow-clearing efforts–some even accusing him of skipping their neighborhood in an act of political revenge.
“The Mayor made an unscheduled stop to the Upper East Side today to talk to residents, hear their views on the storm cleanup, and survey the area for himself,” his spokeswoman, Marti Adams, told Politicker.
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