Much Ado About Surprisingly Little
Why does Local TV news only limit their attempts at investigation journal to some young reporter from Omaha Nebraska standing in one foot of water in Broad Channel telling us that the world was about to end? Why can't TV put that energy, resources and commitment to cleaning up the corruption in local government they sometimes cover after a pol was indicted or sent to jail? * Did the Coverage Go To Far? (Huff Post) * Don’t Believe The ‘Media Hype’ Hype: Howard Kurtz Wrong On Irene Coverage * Some Florida mayor came to the defense of Mayor Bloomberg, who is being accused by some of overreacting (or fear mongering, take your pick) in his Irene prep.* Chris Smith: “Was Bloomberg overcompensating for the administration’s mistakes during the snowstorm? Yes – and so what?” * Gabe Pressman thinks Bloomberg “seems to have learned a lesson” from last December’s Christmas blizzard debacle.
The NYP is Right Nobody Controls Mother Nature. The Storm Could Have Been Worse. But Does That Mean the Hype and Hysteria and Pol Behavior Cannot Be Criticized?
Apocalypse not The apocalyptic TV news coverage, the mandatory evacuations, the transit shutdowns, the governmental warnings and the panic hoarding.(NYP) *Mayor Mans Emergency Desk, Says He Made 'Right Call'(WSJ) * @powellnyt not so much. even his critics seem to be giving @MikeBloomberg high marks.NYT Stereotypes Criticism As Grumble
Cuomo: It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better(YNN) * Governor Cuomo on Damage to Catskils and Hudson Valley: "It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better"(NBC) *N.Y. Gov. Flies Over Severe Flooding * Cuomo Tours Flooded Upstate Areas
Has Freedom of Speech Been Suspended?
"Second guesses will not be tolerated? We Saved Lives" Gov Christie
The Mayor Micro Management Response Payback for the Criticism He Received for His Fuck Up of the Snow Storm
A Billionaire Mayor Fights for Legacy and Dream of Running for President(Still)
This Time, Mostly Praise for Mayor on Storm Response With an aggressive approach to Tropical Storm Irene, Michael R. Bloomberg seemed to have done much to repair his reputation for C.E.O.-style leadership (NYT) * Mayor Bloomberg's sky-is-falling act makes him hero of Hurricane Irene(WSJ) * Irene spared New York her fury, but city was wise to batten down the hatches for the worst(NYDN Ed) * Annoyance flashed across the mayor’s face when a reporter questioned whether any of the aggressive actions taken by the city in anticipation of the storm were linked to the botched response to the snowstorm. “This has nothing to do with a blizzard,” the mayor scoffed, according to Michael Howard Saul. * No hype, @MikeBloomberg says. 'The media's job is to tell people what's going on.'
mikiebarb Michael Barbaro(Twitter)
With Irene, Bloomberg repairs reputation for CEO-style leadership tarnished during blizzard, NYers say:(NYT Reporter)
Meet Rachel Figueroa-Levin, the Soap-Making, Jewryican Stay-at-Home Mom Behind Twitter’s ElBloombito(NYO) * The mayor has a sense of humor about his less-than-perfect Spanish, which was mocked by a parody Twitter account created over the weekend. (Video!) * Mayor Bloomberg Responds to El Bloombito [Video] (NYO)
Start her Tweets against Bloomberg 2 days ago has 12,000 follower already
|Bloomberg and Quinn|
ElBloombito Miguel Bloombito Twitter On Bloomberg
Is the NYT Third Article in 10 Days on Quinn's An Attempt By the Paper To Set Her Up As the Front Runner?
"The worst-kept secret in City Hall" Mayor Making It No Secret: He’ll Endorse Quinn in 2013(NYT) * NYT Sets the Definition on How To Judge and Pick the Next Mayor and It Fits Quinn (True News) * A Council Speaker Who Tightens the Purse Strings on Dissent (NYT) * For Christine Quinn, Shifting Career and an Eye on Mayor's Office(Aug 15, 2011)
On Twitter, Howard Wolfson disputes that account
@howiewolf howard wolfson (Twitter)
Cuomo received campaign donations from at least 7 highly-paid nonprofit exe, who may be among those targeted in his probe
Cuomo's probe of excessive executive salaries at nonprofit groups puts him on a collision course with some of his donors(NYDN) * Cuomo raised tens of thousands of dollars from prominent central New York Republicans at a Skaneateles fundraiser last week, though he skipped the event to prepare for the hurricane (TU)
First Education Summit will gather minds to turn 'school reform' talk into tactics(NYDN)"We need more resources financially, we need to stop vilifying [teachers] and we need to change the tone on how we've been approaching education divisiveness that this administration has added between charter and public schools," Bronx Boro President Diaz.* City cum laude CUNY's graduation rates soar Graduation rates at CUNY's Hunter College and Brooklyn College shot up 10 percentage points since 2005, part of a general improvement at most of the system's colleges (NYP) * There Has to Be a Better Way to Grade Tests New York’s approach to scoring Regents exams is too vulnerable to cheating. (NYT Ed) * Diane Ravitch to Offer Keynote Address at First-Ever #Bronx #Education Summit
NY cleans up after dodging killer storm; Mayor says 'worst is over'(NYP) * Storm Damage Largely Spares New York(NYT) * New York City Largely Spared(WSJ) * Vulnerable Battery Park City Already Dries Out(WSJ) * On Rockaway, Faith in a Five-Foot Wall (WSJ) * Irene's Economic Impact: Less Than Feared(WSJ) * Where Delis Never Sleep(WSJ) * Irene: Wet, deadly and expensive, but no monster(WSJ) * New Yorkers clean up, regroup after Irene's wallop(WSJ) * Harbor unit cops show mettle, even if it was to save pair of dumb kayakers(NYDN) * Brooklyn's posh Hotel Le Bleu squeezed Irene shelter seekers for $999 per room(NYDN) * Tragic old man and sea(NYP) * We're 'staying' alive! Evac ignorers scoff at mayhem that mostly wasn't (NYP) * Busted trying to evacuate Staten Island homes just to rob them(NYDN) * All roads in Central Park are closed for cleanup(NYDN) * Porn Shops Do Brisk Business During Storm(DNAInfo) * : Reports of 1,770 trees downed, split, or uprooted – roughly half in Queens * About 1,000 NYers remain at 25 shelters, down from a peak of nearly 9,500 evacuees (Mayors Office) * Bronx, Queens, Prospect Park and Central Park zoos closed today hoping to reopen tomor - Wildlife Conservation Society says no major damage * Post-Irene Broadway box office numbers not pretty(NYP)
There Needs to Be An Independent (Impossible) Investigation By Doctors On the Transferring of Critical Patients
Evacuated Highrise Coney Island Hospital Had It Own Generators
For Some Medical Evacuees, Safety Brought Its Own Difficulties(NYT) City Hall News says New York City officials didn't highlight it, but the city survived another hazard in the storm: It evacuated 8,500 vulnerable people from hospitals and nursing homes without a single death or serious injury among them. From Bloomberg on down, city officials were warned that some frail, elderly, comatose or critical patients might not survive being transferred, but decided it was worth the risk. "You have to made decisions based on imperfect information, and they have real consequences," said one person in those meetings. Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the chief medical examiner's office, confirmed the city registered no deaths related to the evacuation.
The MTA did simulated runs throughout the system during overnight hours to prepare for today's morning rush hour
Crowded & late, but back on: Limited subway service to resume at 6 a.m.(NYP) * New York Subway Plans Limited Morning Service(NYT) * Straphangers Have Relatively Easy Monday Morning Rush (NY1) * Update 7 PM The Zone Fare System and accompanying authorization for street hails and group riding for non-medallion vehicles is discontinued. * Con Ed Restores Power To Half Of Residents Affected By Irene, All Transit Service Resumes(NY1)
juniorcitizen mark mueller(Twitter)
Shelter From the Storm
What Surprise? Hurricane Always Weaken On Their Trip North
Hurricane Lost Steam as Experts Misjudged Structure and Next Move(NYT) * We got lucky: Dry air tamed storm, expert says(NYDN)
Port Authority Losing Millions on Swaps The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is shelling out more than $2 million per month on three interest rate swaps tied to bonds that either never were issued or have long since been refunded. (NYO)
The CBC predicts widespread layoffs will again be threatened in NYC “soon” due to the failure to negotiate labor concessions.
greenfield64 Jeff Greenfield (Twitter)
Very few of the 50 or so shuttered OTB parlors have found new tenants.
NYC's Financial District starts to swell with stores, life The area's growing 24/7 crowd of residents and tourists, along with the progress at Ground Zero as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, is beginning to attract attention. (WSJ)
Smelling a rat in Queens: MTA's decades old rat problem really stinks (NYDN) * MTA & NJ's E-Z Pickin'$(NYP)
The Colbert Super Pac is Not the Real Joke
‘Independents’ Candidates Really Love The law’s requirement for independence and lack of coordination between candidates and Super PACs is being turned into a cynical joke. (NYT Ed)