Bill de Blasio Has ‘Zen’ Perspective on Snow Criticism

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

When it comes to New Yorkers kvetching about unplowed streets, Bill de Blasio is a zen master–well, at least a little bit.

Asked today about how he handles the city’s occasionally insatiable demand for cleared roads, the mayor described taking an almost meditative approach to the dilemma. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Has ‘Zen’ Perspective on Snow Criticism”

De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a barrage of questions today over his decision to keep schools open, despite forecasts of up to 14 inches of snow

For the lion’s share of more than 30 minutes of on-topic questioning following a storm update at the city’s Office of Emergency Management headquarter in Brooklyn, the new mayor and his schools chancellor repeatedly tried to explain their call to keep schools open during the sixth major storm in as many weeks. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision”

De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels snow
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Snow removal costs keep piling up.

In his preliminary budget address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding $35 million to the Sanitation Department’s budget to account for snow removal. Continue reading “De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget”

De Blasio Doesn’t Plan to Shovel Gracie Mansion’s Sidewalk

Mayor Bill de Blasio shoveling snow outside his house. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio shoveling snow outside his house. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Doesn’t Plan to Shovel Gracie Mansion’s Sidewalk”

Cuomo Says Latest Storm Yet Another Example of the ‘New Normal’

A snowy scene from Central Park yesterday. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty)
A snowy scene from Central Park yesterday. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty)

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. Continue reading “Cuomo Says Latest Storm Yet Another Example of the ‘New Normal’”

Bill de Blasio Sick of All This ‘Obnoxious’ Snow

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Sick of All This ‘Obnoxious’ Snow”

Bill de Blasio Promises to Handle the Snow Much Better This Time

Mayor Bill de Blasio preps for today's snow storm. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio preps for today’s snow storm in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

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 essentially 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. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Promises to Handle the Snow Much Better This Time”