Following up on our earlier comments about the mayor's insouciance-and his loss of control over the after storm narrative-comes the news that the public is rendering its own verdict. And the numbers don't lie-which might mean that the Bloombergian effort to jettison low level scapegoats will not play well off Broadway.
Here's the NY Daily News on the recently released Marist Poll: "Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating was in free-fall as he tried Thursday to convince the public there won't be a repeat of last week's blizzard blunder. Two mid-level Sanitation Department bosses were yanked from their jobs in an agency shakeup, a day after the chief of the Emergency Medical Service was demoted. Bloomberg admitted City Hall was in the dark about the extent of the crisis. Sources said he didn't know there was a 911 backlog of 1,300 calls until he was asked about it at a press conference."
That's what happens when you leave town with no command structure in place-talk about not having an exit strategy! And the little birdie of an idea that we planted earlier in the week about the mayor needing to inform the city when he flies the coop, well, it has been subject to the ripple effect.
The NY Post editorializes on exactly this theme today: "But where was Waldo, er, Mike, when the snow started falling? As per usual, the mayor stonewalled. "We don't announce, except for the public schedule, where the mayor is," he says. "There's no reason for it. I have a right to a private life, the same as you." Fair enough. But New Yorkers have an unambiguous right to know precisely who is in town, and in charge, during an emergency. Ten days ago, First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris was MIA. And Deputy Mayor for Operations Steven Goldsmith -- presumably the go-to guy in such a situation -- was in Washington and simply stayed there even after blizzard warnings were issued. Bloomberg clearly has no intention of budging on this issue. That's why it's incumbent on the City Council to take the matter out of his hands."