Tuesday, January 11, 2011
They all f*cked up
From the NY Post:
When two city commissioners decided not to declare a snow emergency during the Christmas weekend blizzard, no one got around to telling Mayor Bloomberg or his deputy mayor.
That startling revelation was one of several disclosures of botched communications and bad decisions that came to light during a five-hour City Council hearing yesterday on the storm that paralyzed the city.
The grilling homed in on why the city didn't declare a snow emergency when forecasters were predicting the Big Apple would be blanketed by a blizzard. Calling an emergency would have kept private vehicles without snow tires or chains off designated snow routes, and banned parking along those routes.
Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith admitted that he and Bloomberg -- who has defended the non-declaration -- were never told of the decision made by the sanitation and transportation commissioners.
Goldsmith apologized for the disastrous response and said that in the future, the mayor or a deputy mayor would make the call.
When asked if that was a new policy, he replied, "Well, it's clearly one we didn't follow two weeks ago."
But Goldsmith -- the former mayor of Indianapolis -- insisted, "The mayor is always in charge. Any of us can get the mayor anytime, anywhere in the world. He answers the telephone."
So why wasn't he questioned at this hearing?