Something “...outside was frightful...” — But it wasn’t “The weather...”
— And it all could be the “New Normal”
BUT — Even de Blasio wants answers about Cuomo’s unilateral subway shutdown
Here’s an AP item that sort of tells a story that sound’s just a little worrisome:
“NEW YORK — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. *** Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the city's pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest. *** And it could be the new normal. *** Though the snowstorm largely missed New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio staunchly defended their unprecedented, stringent restrictions, both saying they believed in landing on the side of caution and suggesting they would take such measures again....” ( See “Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations” by Jonathan Lemire, 1/28/15, Deseret News/ Associated Press [http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765667266/Cuomo-de-Blasio-defend-strict-NYC-storm-regulations.html]).
IS THIS THE “NEW NORMAL” ? — THREATS OF ARRESTS !Jonathan Lemire’s article goes on to state, “Before the heavy snows even reached New York, officials closed schools, shut down bridges and tunnels, canceled commuter rail service and, for the first time ever in a snowstorm, closed the city's sprawling subway system at 11 p.m. Monday. A travel ban was put in place and drivers caught out on the roads were subject to arrest.” And then the author of the piece said this: “Similar restrictions, previously unheard of, were put in place for a pair of hurricanes within the last five years.”
CUOMO AFRAID OF A REPEAT OF HIS OWN RECENT FAILURE TO ACTThe Lemire report on the AP also commented about the Governor’s response to the storm, as follows: “Cuomo acknowledged that his decision to act aggressively stems from the historic storm that blanketed Buffalo with seven feet of snow late last year. *** ‘We make big decisions based on these weather forecasts,’ the governor said. ‘We decided not to close the roads in Buffalo ... and we had people stranded on the roads for 12, 15, 20 hours. You can have a significant loss of life in these situations.’..."
A SPLIT BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND GOVERNOR ? — MAYOR WANTS ANSWERS ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S UNILATERAL SUBWAY SHUTDOWNEven though de Blasio and Cuomo similarly defended their actions in response to the oncoming sstorm, their presentations looked like anything but a united front.
Cuomo and de Blasio never appeared at a joint press conference. On Monday night was the somewhat absurd circumstance of these two men, just five miles apart, delivering very similar information in separate press conferences with less than an hour separating the two speeches.
Then, on Tuesday morning, New York City Mayor de Blasio revealed that his administration only received word that the subways, which aren’t under the mayor’s control, were being shut down mere minutes before Cuomo made the public announcement. De Blasio said that he would not second-guess the Governor’s decision — but the Mayor made clear he wanted to study the repercussions of the Governor’s order to shut down the city’s subways.