Skip to comments.Next time, try harder (Bloomberg's epic NYC blizzard fail)
Posted on 12/28/2010 4:28:45 AM PST by jimbo123Edited on 12/28/2010 5:48:48 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
What a disaster: Ambulances unavailable. Trains stalled for hours. Streets unplowed. Fire trucks stuck in the snow. Buses canceled.
These were not mere "inconveniences" -- as Mayor Bloomberg put it at one point -- in the wake of Sunday's widely, and accurately, predicted snowstorm; in some cases, they were potentially life-threatening foul-ups. And to such an extent, you've just got to wonder if the response could have been better.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
People who call 911 in New York City should say they are calling from a mosque. Then they’ll get all the help they need.
Bloomberg is more concerned with getting a mosque at ground zero than he is in making sure that the city has emergency services.
Bloomberg’s leadership reminds one of Nagin’s leadership in New Orleans at the time of Katrina.
A complete and utter disasster, a failure of true leadership.
Guiliani, NYC needs you back again!
Why wait for government? Grab a shovel and dig in, doncha know.
Did NYC hire a global warming consultant? A local city around here did, and they sold their plows. Right before a record setting storm.
Now they just say that GW will soon make winters a thing of the past and they won’t be investing in new plows.
Whaaatts goin on wit youse guize? When I wuz in da city and it got bad, we wud all pitch in and clean up da crap. Looks like da city is spendin way too much on B.S.
Where was FEMA - and POTUS Obama? It must be his fault.
This was the thinking with Katrina and President Bush.
You can be sure Bloomberg’s army will be out in force handing out tickets for failure to shovel sidewalks, though. They have priorities, you know.
Why wait for government? Grab a shovel and dig in, doncha know. - Wolfie
Yes,, that is the right approach. What about the pussificaton of us private citizens that we need gubmint to wipe our nose for us?
The militia is private citizens voluntarily acting for the public good in an emergency. The militia is a lot more than just bearing arms.
They will get what deserve for voting for Bloomberg (Islam, NYC and Medford, MA).
Guess I’m reading this a lot different from most folks. Unplowed streets, ambulances can’t get through, firetrucks can’t respond, medical calls unanswered for hours. Department of sanitation couldn’t meet the challenge.
From a liberal standpoint that’s a wake up call that means raise taxes to get better services, hire more government rejects and provide more services to the people.
To me it means, shxt happens.. it’s a snow storm. I remember not getting plowed out for days when I lived in Maine (born & raised), I didn’t freak like these liberal azzwipes do. I can go without power, I can eat and I can handle my trash. You need medical assistance.. you get it when it’s available. If help can’t get through, help can’t get through... that’s life.
A couple of the “protected class” being frozen to death outside of the welfare office, and the entire Federal government would have been mobilized.
More government workers would have meant, more government employees staying home during a “snow day” lol.
I don’t agree with the editorial. You can’t fight a blizzard. All you can do is dig out from it when its over. New York has seen these kinds of storms before and will see them again in the future.
NYC has never seen a cleanup failure like this before. That’s why there is outrage. And I’ve been here though worse storms and an infinitely better job was done on the day after cleanup on those storms. Epic failure all around.
Bloomberg looked pissed the entire time before and after the storm. It’s probably because he wasn’t able to spend Christmas week in the Caribbean with his ruling class friends.
A similar failure did Lindsay in during the ‘70s. Gawd...I am SOOOOO tired of Bloomberg. Just go a-WAY...
Bloomers is a Crony-capitalist, nebbish, poor little rich boy, self hating jew, tiny buttwipe of a man...the only reason he is probably not a fag (the jury is still out) is that he has the greatest aphrodisiac of all time, billions of dollars....he decries the 2nd amendment, but whines about how the enemys first amendment rights to worship are being usurped....even though Islam is NOT a religion but a murder cult.. © Vaquero 2010
Want to see a city that can handle big snow? Go to Montreal.
There, the work crews are organized like an army - squads of snowplow clear the streets in well-rehearsed echelon formations, other workers clear all the water drains (for the inevitable melting), while special motorized snowblowers drive down each sidewalk, clearing the way. They go overnight, all thru the night, and by morning all the main streets are driveable.
Freaking military efficiency!! It’s really something to watch if you’ve never seen it.
Great live news video here:
Reports coming in that the Sanitations Workers Union staged a work slowdown during the blizzard to protest recent budget cuts. This debacle was all about UNION PAYBACK.
I live in an area of the Up of Michigan whereby we get a lot of snow. In my neighborhood, the city does a great job on snow removal. Another thing is when it snows there are people whom take the time to clean out mailboxes so the mail can be delivered and fire hydrants to be cleared of snow. (even though I am in wheel cahir, I get on the tractor, and I clean snow for myself and others in my neighborhood.)
America has to stop relying on the government entities to do things. Get out there in NY, MA, PA, NJ, Connecticut and so forth and put some effort in getting ypur own butt out to the snow bank, driveway shoveled or sidewalk cleared.
Those who depend on government when things go bad will always be disappointed.
Chicago is as blue as can be, and manages to keep its streets clear of snow.
Just tell people on welfare, you want your check? grab a snow shovel.
The scariest sentence in history:
“Hello I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Minneapolis is just as bad. Due to “budget cuts” they don’t plow ANYTHING until it stops snowing. By then it’s to late, buses, trucks, ambulances, tax payers.. are ALL stuck in the snow. It’s a huge mess and takes days to clean up if there is much snow.
——Grab a shovel and dig in-——
I saw an extensive piece on Fox describing the laws in various cities. You are required by law to shovel snow from sidewalks and can be fined if you do not. One palce had fines of $1,500.
The North east can just go to hell. It is just a drag on America
I’d recently read a list of the projected 10 biggest cities in the US twenty years in the future; I believe Washington DC was the only one on the list that had regular snowfall. For all of the others (NYC, Chicago) that were projected to “fall off” the list, the costs of heating, as well as the disruptions caused by events like this (however uncommon) made them places people won’t want to live, do business, or travel to.
Not meaning to be a smarta**, but where are you going to shovel it to? If you clear the sidewalks you clog the streets. If you plow the streets you fill the sidewalks. Upstate dumptrucks used to go there to unload the stuff into the river.
I believe here in NJ you must have a clear/safe walkway within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. I’m not sure this is unreasonable (and I do the shoveling).
Seriously? Do you have a link to story about the town?
People I know in Pennsylvania told me that if you don’t clear your mailbox you simply won’t get mail until it can be put in from the jeep (all mail is delivered by jeep where they are). This also holds true if someone parks in fron of your mailbox any time of the year.
At least Tinfoil Mike was actually in NYC for the storm. When DC got hammered like this in 1987, Marion Barry was at the Superbowl in California...and didn’t come home to “supervise.” The city totally bungled the snow removal and cleanup, and Barry took the blame.
I have 3 hours or by morning if it stops overnight here in my city in CT (each city has their own ordinances). I am not sure it is strictly enforced.
My street also has a parking ban on the odd side of the street (almost all on-street parking), with fines if you don’t move the car. And yet my neighbors were parked in front of my odd-numbered house all storm long and no fines or towing.
THis isn't Maine. It's New York City, and stuff like this gets handled. It hasn't been handled yet.
Can you provide a link? I’ve searched google and cannot find a source for that claim.
It was Rock Island IL a few years ago. QCTimes.com might have the story.
Don’t know if NYC hired a similar guy, but the response to the storm makes me wonder!
It was Rock Island IL. Check the QC Times website (will try later).
What do you think the problem is?
Liberals will find any excuse to raise taxes, but have no intention of spending the money on such trivial services such as snow removal or road maintenance.
Agree.. but that’s an excuse to raise the taxes. It’s what they do!
I think the time allowed to clear your walkway is not so much to avoid a ticket as it is to protect yourself from the “slip & fall” scam; I’ve never heard of anyone being fined for not clearing the snow from their sidewalk. On the other hand, the motivation is a pack of ne’er-do-wells descending on your little patch of snow with a camcorder and lawyer on speed-dial. We are such a litigious society...
You got that right!
Seriously, though, it started snowing in the morning. The SUV on my block got stuck, according to neighbors, between 8 and 10 pm. I was outside several times to shovel a path during the day (my hope was to make it easier the following day -- no such luck, it evened out).
Not once during the day did my block get plowed. I believe it is classified as "secondary" and it gets a fair amount of traffic usually. And I know that it was just recovered because there were no snow piles across the street from the plow, particularly in front of the hydrant.
Surprised Marion Barry didn’t stay home with all that “snow” coming down (”the b*tch set me up”). He did have a way with words, though...