The NY Post has come to the same conclusion as we have-Mike Bloomberg's absence during the storm is the primary cause of the massive troubles the city had in responding efficiently to the storm. The paper even uses the same vacuum reference in its editorial this morning: "Deputy Mayor of Operations Stephen 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. City Hall yesterday admitted that a snow-removal emergency should have been declared -- but wasn't. That failure made all the difference. But while there was plenty of pettifogging about why no emergency was called, the only credible explanation had to be inferred from the testimony, and it is this: As the storm bore down on the city, there was no one in town of sufficient horsepower to make such a call."