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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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” Read More
At his Midtown office this afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed reporters about the severe winter weather currently bearing down on the New York City area. Though the governor announced he declared a state of emergency “effective this afternoon” to give the state and local governments “more flexibility in dealing with this situation,” he said the storm is not expected to cause any major damage along the lines of what the region experienced during Hurricane Sandy.
“Well you’ve heard of Finding Nemo, it seems like Nemo has found us,” Governor Cuomo began, riffing off the Weather Channel’s name for the storm. “As everyone knows, we’re expecting a severe winter storm, but nothing more than a severe winter storm. We’ve been preparing for it for a number of days now.” Read More
WASHINGTON — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Washington D.C. today meeting with lawmakers and other officials about his request for billions of dollars in federal aid to help the city recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last month in New York. Though many City residents affected by Sandy have had some criticism about FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s response to the storm, at a press conference in the Capitol Building this afternoon, Mr. Bloomberg said he didn’t have a single issue with the federal followup to the hurricane. Read More
Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, Barbara Garofalo, a lifelong Sea Gate resident, stood in front of the community’s chapel, which had been turned into a makeshift headquarters for emergency personnel.
She watched bulldozers work their way through the ruins of the neighborhood’s private beach club, surveying the piles of rubble and twisted metal and the uprooted cabanas that littered the streets after the storm sent waves crashing through the neighborhood’s beachfront homes, ripping several off their foundations. Eyeing the damage, Ms. Garofalo couldn’t help but wonder whether some of the houses could have been saved if a planned government project to reinforce the community’s beaches had started sooner.
“They have the money in process, but they haven’t started it yet,” said Ms. Garofalo. “Maybe we would have had water damage, but maybe would have—could have saved the homes. Every home on the beach is gone. It breaks my heart.” Read More