Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nobody Was in Charge of Bloomberg's Snow Storm

 Mayor Bloomberg Declares "Weather Emergency"

Wolfson Get It wrong
The mayor did not call for a snow emergency, he called for a weather emergency Weather Emergency is something the mayor made up that does not have all the rules of a snow emergency.  We thought Wolfson job was communication

howard wolfson
if only it was that easy “@: Now that NYC has declared a snow emergency before a single flake, the storm will miss us completely.”(Twitter)

Bloomberg's Best and Brightest?
As the storm bore down on the city, there was no one in town of sufficient horsepower to make a call for a snow emergency.

"Deputy Mayor of Operations Goldsmith's refusal to answer a simple question at yesterday's City Council hearing on the Christmas-weekend blizzard breakdown clearly identified the cause of the chaos: Nobody was in charge when it mattered." -NYP)

No one in the administration had a clear idea as to who could call a "snow emergency" or a "state of emergency" or "what powers and actions such declarations would enable among city agencies."

The Emergency Operations Center was staffed by bureaucrats from many agencies, none of whom had power to mobilize their departments.

The Sanitation Department cannot track progress by its plows, had no procedure for marshaling private contractors to help with plowing and failed to create a workforce of day laborers.

Blithely unaware of the disaster in the making, the administration ignored widespread reports, including from City Council members, that millions were being snowed under. One result was that Bloomberg assumed all was hunky-dory in his early press conferences on the storm. So much for the value of staying in "constant contact" while he was out of town. If the Bloomberg administration won't name names in the blizzard foulup, then we will(DN ED)

Mayor Still Will Not Tell Us When He is Out of Town Despite People Died Needlessly When He Left the City During Snow Storm. Vallone's is seeking legislation that will force City Hall to publicly identify precisely which deputy mayor is in charge whenever Bloomberg leaves the city. The administration, not surprisingly, bitterly opposes such a requirement.

Whereabouts: “The whereabouts of Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the storm have not been made public, and his aides will only say he remained in contact with City Hall.” (amNewYork)

Mike's vacuum

Bloomy's four snowblind mice Kept him in the dark on blizzard, council pols told(NYP) * Chilling EMS response times (NYP) * City's own 7 dwarves whistle as they shirk (NYP) * Mike's vacuum (NYP Ed) * City Officials Admit Mistakes in Response to Blizzard(NYT) * Flakes May Not Pile Up, but the Anxiety Will(NYT) * Goldsmith’s Other Bad Snow Day(NYT) * City Official Sees Mistakes in Snow Effort(WSJ) * Bloomberg's Team Admits Mistakes in Blizzard Response (WSJ)* Bloomberg administration faces music on flat-footed blizzard response at City Council inquisition(DN) * MTA may halt some subways during storms - N, Q, F, B * Administration Apologizes For Shortcomings At City Council Blizzard Hearing(NY1) * The Bloomberg administration on Monday admitted to a host of errors in its handling of the paralyzing snowstorm last month, describing a lack of preparation, confused lines of authority and an ignorance of on-the-ground conditions.

 Guns and Snow Bloomberg is holding gun control event today, somebody quick tell him it's going to snow again, for real this time, and changing the subject will not be enough for his image. (Facebook) Joseph Mercurio

 Albany Dinosaur Silver Blinks

Shelly blinks on rent and tax cap link (NYP) * Gov. Cuomo won't link property-tax cap with rent rules(DN) * Three Men in a More Upscale Room(NYT)Hot-tempered Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker booted from top Dem post(DN) * State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a warning about public-private partnerships. * Senate Dems and Indy Dems Have Dueling Reform Pressers * The Committee to Save NY has launched its first pro-property tax cap ad.* Bill Hammond accuses Cuomo of sending mixed signals about wanting to clean up Albany after the governor held a closed door meeting at the executive mansion with legislative leaders.* Assemblyman Micah Kellner split with fellow Democrats and labor leaders to side with Cuomo on reauthorization of the millionaire’s tax. * Cuomo distanced himself from the four renegade Democrats who split from the minority to form their own independent conference.* Opposition is growing to Cuomo’s juvenile justice plan, which includes the closure of upstate facilities.* Although Cuomo promised paycuts, a number of his aides are getting paid more.* Tom DiNapoli just isn't in to selling the state's assets.* "One thing the new all-white caucus [will] need to do is push minority-issue legislation, or find a black or latino member to show they speak for all Dems," says our Bob Kappstatter (who also hears from state Sen. Gustavo Rivera that the newbie is "VERY single.")* Cuomo says he's neither for nor against the state Senate's Independent Democratic Caucus.* Mike Gormley of the AP writes about how much of a gubernatorial figure Cuomo is cutting, and how far he has left to go.*  Sampson Consolidates Power Through Committees

N.Y. Judges, Angry on Pay, Want Union-Like Group(NYT)

Giffords 'gunman' grins maniacally as judge denies him bail (NYP) * In Giffords’s District, a Long History of Tension(NYT) * Shooting Suspect Waives Bail and Is Ruled ‘a Danger’(NYT) * Feds Depict Deliberate Plot in Shootings(WSJ) * Murderers are 'susceptible to vitriol' that pundits and politicians are happy to provide(DN) * Local representatives shaken by shooting of Giffords(DN) *Ready availability of high-volume ammo magazines is a threat to all Americans all the time(DN Ed) * Hillary Clinton called Loughner an extremist.”* Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent and didn’t vote in the 2010 elections.

Congress Never Funded President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act of 1963

The Community Mental Health Act of 1963 (CMHA) (also known as the Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act, Public Law 88-164, or the Mental Retardation and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963) was an act to provide federal funding for community mental health centers. This legislation was passed as part of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier.*  Red Flags at a College, but Tied Hands(NYT) * Nearly 50 Percent Of Mental Health Services Recipients In Giffords' County Were Dropped In 2010


 Teacher Report Cards

Open schoolbooks on teacher grades: judge * Judge Rules New York City Can Disclose Names in Teacher Rankings; Union Plans to Appeal(NYT) * Union Loses on Teacher-Data Release(WSJ)PCB Hunt Hits Two Schools(WSJ) * Education Officials Vow To Fix PCB Problem At Staten Island School(NY1)* The UFT plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that teachers’ performance rankings can be released to the public.


Coney Island cries foul on amusement giant Boardwalk businesses say Zamperla told them they had a chance to stay in Coney Island - while privately telling the city the company the opposite.(DN)

 Wal-Mart Will Skip Hearing by Council(NYT)* It's war over possible B'klyn Walmart - mud slinging on both sides(DN)



DeLay gets 3 years' prison(NYP) Law and Order DWI killer gets 15 years (NYP) * Companion Is Charged in Killing of Journalist in a Times Square Hotel(NYT) * Human-Trafficking Suspect Is Arrested While Gambling(NYT)Drunk Driver Apologies for Killing Pregnant Mother (WSJ)* Creep's pal nabbed for taking pics of jurors during murder trial(DN) * Retired chief fire marshal accused of ramming cop car while drunk(DN) * Colombo mobster gets jail time for strip club shakedown(DN) * Mob lawyer high after grass rap is cut in plea deal(DN) * Police Seek Suspect In Manhattan Sexual Assault(NY1) * Nude maid on trial for murdering client (DN) * First Day Produces No Jurors For Wife Beheading Trial(NYT) * 14-year-old boy shot and killed in the Bronx(WABC) * Cops search for thief who mugged elderly woman inside Fulton Street station(NYP)


Media and New Tech  Fox News Chief Roger Ailes says the network will tone down fiery rhetoric, defends Sarah Palin * Will Spitzer Get a New CNN Co-Host? (WSJ)




 Why Politicians Need to Stay Out in the Open There can never be freedom without risk, and it’s always worth it for elected representatives to meet with their constituents.(NYT) * House members are considering adopting an enhanced security system that would make it easier for them to receive protection at home in their districts.* Rep. Steve Israel is moving future public meetings to firehouses in hopes of achieving better security.