De Blasio and Roker Make Peace After Twitter Beef

Al Roker and Bill de Blasio hanging out off-stage. (Photo: Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice)
Al Roker and Bill de Blasio hanging out off-stage. (Photo: Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice)

After NBC weatherman Al Roker ripped into Mayor Bill de Blasio for controversially keeping schools open during a blizzard earlier this month, the two buried the hatchet on a live episode of Today this morning. Continue reading “De Blasio and Roker Make Peace After Twitter Beef”

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”

Video: De Blasio Drops Staten Island Chuck Before Announcing More Weeks of Winter

Bill de Blasio and Staten Island Chuck today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio and Staten Island Chuck today–before the big drop. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

He dropped the furball.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had some trouble this morning with his first official Groundhog Day ceremony, as the skittish Staten Island Chuck squirmed out of his arms mid weather-reading, sending the critter barreling towards a wooden pointed fence and earning gasps from the crowd. Continue reading “Video: De Blasio Drops Staten Island Chuck Before Announcing More Weeks of Winter”

De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms

A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)
A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)

New Yorkers may have elected him on his campaign promise to reduce widening income inequality, but Bill de Blasio still knows what can really bury a mayor’s approval rating in the winter months: too much snow.

At his final press conference today–just hours before he takes office–Mr. de Blasio said he identified with the woes of outer-borough residents struggling with unplowed streets and promised “aggressive action” if a big snowstorm hits this week. Continue reading “De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms”

Wet Weather Wrecks Anthony Weiner’s Bike Share Plans

The rain interfered with Anthony Weiner's plans to bike to his first debate.
The rain interfered with Anthony Weiner’s plans to bike to his first debate.

The miserable weather not only made for a dreary afternoon, it also rained out Anthony Weiner’s plans to ride one of the city’s new bike share bikes to his his first debate appearance, which is currently happening at NYU.

“It’s perfect, if you’re a duck,” the ex-congressman told Politicker as he pulled out an umbrella and headed toward the subway instead of hopping on one of the bulky blue bikes, which hit the streets on Memorial Day.

Continue reading “Wet Weather Wrecks Anthony Weiner’s Bike Share Plans”

Connecticut Mayor Dubs Blizzard ‘Snowtorious B.I.G.’

Mark Boughton and the Notorious B.I.G.
Mark Boughton and the Notorious B.I.G.

While many people and elected officials have simply followed the Weather Channel’s decision to call the snowstorm hitting the Northeast “Nemo,” the mayor of one city in Connecticut has decided to come up with his own name for the blizzard and it’s a reference to the late, great rapper Notorious B.I.G. In a series of tweets sent today, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has used the #SnowtoriousBIGII hashtag to refer to the storm.

“Wind is definitely picking up,” Mr. Boughton wrote this afternoon. “This is becoming an old school storm. #OG #snotoriousBIGII” Continue reading “Connecticut Mayor Dubs Blizzard ‘Snowtorious B.I.G.’”