Mayor de Blasio's First Snowstorm

Monday, January 06, 2014

Ben Max, editor of Decide NYC, discusses the latest in New York politics, including the de Blasio transition and the NYC council speaker's race.


Ben Max

Comments [8]

Irma Abramson

I am 86 years old and trying to find out how I can get help shoveling snow. I have a small house in Queens and up until now have done it myself...but this is too much. 311 was no help. Local High School no help even tho I will pay for help. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.

Jan. 26 2015 12:43 PM

Mr Lehrer:

You are such a lovable naif:

"someone must have crunched the numbers".
Are the "numbers", and their "crunching", beyond the arithmetical powers of you and your staff? Living on hope (hope that this particular 3 card monte dealer is offering you at least the opportunity of an honest chance to pick the winning card) again?
Why not admit that neither you, nor anyone you trust, have the numbers?

Jan. 06 2014 10:42 AM

Why not remove a portion of the tax breaks given to NPR/WNYC in order to raise revenues? A $53,000,000.00 budget should offer a good amount revenue for our ill funded government. I wonder if the station would remain in their current office space or keep all of their staff with a 10% hit to the budget. I wonder if Brian would have to take a pay cut like those of us who attempt operate for profit businesses.

Jan. 06 2014 10:17 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Ben, raising taxes is "taboo" to whom?

Jan. 06 2014 10:11 AM
Stephen from Prospect Heights

Shumer progressive? Kidding? He voted on the Iraq War and is owned by Wall St. Please!

Jan. 06 2014 10:09 AM
Robert from NYC

Chuck Schumer, hmmmm, he's been around too long now. Time to clean out the bowels of congress with some new people who don't kow tow to the repubs.

Jan. 06 2014 10:09 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

What snow? Yesterday and today's rains have effectively cleared the streets for the Dept of Sanitation. Into the deep freeze tonight! Careful driving, please. 4WD may handle snow but it won't do blip for ice!

Jan. 06 2014 09:45 AM
Reuven from Washington Heights

This is the true test of Mayor de Blasio's response to his first snowstorm! Will he and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg follow their predecessors' old strategy of suspending alternate-side-of-the street parking, with snow on streets getting packed, with today's slush turning into ice tomorrow, with pedestrians slipping and falling at crosswalks, and with cars getting plowed in and shoveled out repeatedly until the snow gets washed away (perhaps weeks later). Or will they be innovative and creative (progressive?) -- follow the DOT guidelines (see below), plow snow to the curb, and hire un/under-employed people with shovels to clear crosswalks (improving their financial and physical health -- as was done years ago pre-Bloomberg in NYC)? Now we know. Sadly, business as usual.

Emergency Suspensions... After a snowfall, alternate side parking regulations will be restored so that plows can begin removing snow and ice from curbside lanes. Plowing helps to clear parking lanes and catch basins, which reduces the chance of melting snow flooding streets, and also helps return street cleaning operations back to normal.

Jan. 06 2014 09:12 AM

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