As if it’s not bad enough to live in a major metropolitan area when it snows out, dealing with the aftermath can make it even worse. That’s exactly what happened this past week in New York City when newly elected Mayor Bill De Blasio dropped the ball in preparing for and cleaning up the more than 12″ of snow they received, leaving the more affluent neighborhoods to fend for themselves.
New York’s upper east side is filled with wealthy residents. From politicians to power brokers on Wall Street, you’ll find people from all walks of the ‘privileged’ life, maybe that’s why democrat mayor Bill De Blasio didn’t send the snow removal crews there until after the storm had passed.
De Blasio and the sanitation commissioner blamed the timetable of the storm for the botched cleanup effort, saying that it arrived 3 hours earlier than anticipated then intensified around rush hour. These comments prompted Al Roker of the Weather Channel and the Today Show to call him out on live television, saying he should have listened to the weathermen then referencing former NY mayor John Lindsay, who’s inept response to a blizzard in 1969 left 14 people dead, 68 injured and hundreds stranded.
Initially he defended his response plan and said it was a ‘coordinated, intense, citywide‘ response to the near blizzard conditions that struck at rush hour on Tuesday, causing a larger than expected headache for him and the crews. Although he did backtrack after being pressed on it, saying ‘more could have been done to serve the upper east side‘.
However people were still wondering why Brooklyn and its immediate areas were completely cleared while the upper east side was still digging out. Pictures show residents falling on the ice and trying to get cars unstuck, while others tried to brave the sidewalks to get to work and school. The department of education reported attendance at 47%, down from the typical 90% it enjoys regularly and attributed it to impassable roads and sidewalks from the storm.