Is Bloomberg losing his grip?


By Melvyn Kohn
December 31, 2010
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Last year while birdwathcing in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge a NYC school teacher named Esther told me how much she could not stand Mayor Bloomberg. He was infringing on the Education Dept., and he has lately angered more educators with his appointment of Cathie Black, who, despite the requirement for a masters', holds no such degree - nor any experience in education.
But Black is the least of Bloomberg's concerns. Lately he has failed the city critically in that he did not ask for help when there were East Coast blizzard warnings. He had the opportunity to get more vehicles, personnel and even the National Guard. But he only called a Level 1 warning; it turned out we needed a Level 4.
I personally witnesses the disaster - buses and other vehicles were stuck for hours near Penn Station, as snowplows only made their plights worse. Up to a dozen would turn at 29th and 8th and pile 3 ft of snow in front of a bus just as it was about to dig out; the plows turned the corner to go west; others had their plows up so were not shovelling - and it has been reported by the NY Post that this was done on purpose as retaliation for demotions in the sanitation department and/or a ploy for overtime.
One plow got stuck in a parking lot on 29th on Monday morning, and a second was sent to dig it out; but not the bus, which was obstructing traffic for hours. It happened to be the NYPD graduation ceremony at Madison Sqaure Garden that morning, and recruits were getting their cars stuck on that same street. I yelled to one that if he wanted to get to the ceremony before it was over he had to back up and go through the parking lot. Some would have avoided getting stuck but for a newly drilled in respect for red lights - the more savvy went through them so as not to get stuck. You stop, you get stuck. That is the law of the road.
Other laws are going to be examined, including whether Bloomberg and his cronies (one might here pause and mention Joe Bundy, whose unit was reponsible for cutting waste and fraud, but somehow embezzled they say $80million) are failing to do their job, and, yes, this can be cosntrued as a crime in that it is 'failing to provide honest service.'
The angst of the madding crowd just might cause such a law to be enforced - vague and little used as it is. The anger is not just due to the delays of passengers - some stuck on the A train for 7 hours - or left at the aeroport for days - but because the situation broke down so badly that emergency services were undermined. Since the city did not call off its buses, 1,000 of which got stuck - and did not issue a travel advisory or order to stay off the roads - as previos administrations did - ambulances were not able to get through; Laura Freeman lost her mother, Yvonee Freeman, while waiting for EMS, and another woman lost her baby when the ambulance could not get through for 9 hours. Ben Abraham is quoted in the New York Daily News: "You have people's lives being threatened by this and there's 30 trucks just sitting there!"
So people are remembering Mayor Giuliani and his well prepared responses. They are noting that Bloomberg is 'oudahere' most Friday mornings on his private jet to go play in the Carribean.
But this is just the tip of the icerberg, of snowstorm; there are many other issues he has failed on, and the attack of bedbugs is one his administration is way out of touch with. Earlier this year a tenant took the Vigilant Hotel to court for its failure to keep clean - it does not even cover the rubbish bins in the halls - and got a court order for them to do so, as well as for them to change the drop ceiling and door to his room. They refused. Months later they are trying to take him to court for non-payment - when they have not properly registered the room and are charging more per cubic foot than the Trump Towers. Mice run free and bedbugs abound so much that one can gather thousands in a room.
The hotel is an enigma and a danger; the once evicted a US paratrooper for cleaning - the story was covered on 25 August in a lengthy front page article by the Epoch Times - but the city did nothing. It has not even enforced the orders of 10 June to put tops on rubbish bins.
Bloomberg cronie Christine Quinn was approached about this - her office is around the corner - but all that resulted from calls and emails was an email brochure telling the tenant what a bedbug looked like...as if he did not already know. Quinn, perhaps trying to distance herself from Bloomberg - has criticised him over the 'snow-job', but she does nothing for her constituents who are being endangered by the thousands of bedbugs that leave the Vigilant Hotel every week.
This bedbug case will be Bloomberg's legacy. The bugs are causing tourists to stay away, and contruction is down 24% from last year; NYC is now known as the #1 bedbug spot in the world - and this has happened under his watch. All he seems to be doing is setting up a website - anyone can do that and I recommend you go to www.bugoutter.blogspot.com to see what is being done about this unclean mess.
The Vigilant is called 'Ground Zero' by locals who know about its strange management. On 12 January we shall see what action the court takes - it may just decided to override the tenant's rights about the rent overcharge, which would be expedient for the court - and get this off its hands.
Whatever happens, we will be wathcing this and bringing it and other Bloomberg idiocy to the attention of the public here in NY.

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jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 06:38

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Bloomberg has angered many more people with the "Ground Zero mosque".


Melvyn Kohn

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 19:46

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That fiasco was so bad that many Moslems came out against him...they said they wanted a mosque, but they were happy to build one in a completely different location...
Bloomberg used the argument that religious freedom had a precedent in the arrival of the Jews to NY, I think in the late 16th century - who fled Brazil when the politics changed down there. The Dutch governor was reluctant to let them in. BTW, they were the first Jewish settlement here, possibly in the New World - (there are some early Roman coins found near the site of a possible Jewish settlement going back to 135 AD in Tennessee, but I digress...) - so Bloomberg used that and it worked to a degree - but on closer examination, the Jews fleeing Brazil did not have a bad rep for jihad etc., and the synagogue they built - first downtown, I think near what is now the Bowery - did not cause any strife. They blended in well to the NY community as is evident from historical record, buildings and graveyards etc.
Bloomberg did not have a lot, if any, political experience before becoming mayor...he is a very rich man, the richest Gothamite. And he owns a lot of the press, but not all; the major papers here in NY - the NYT, the NY Daily News, and the Post, are also owned by Jews - and have turned against him lately with a fury.
So we shall see...today I watched 8 NYSD workers shovel snow from a minibus outside St Xavier's Church/High School. Why so many for one minibus? Could not St/ Xavier's do that much for themselves - it is one of the richest dioceses in the world, and the children who attend come from extreme privilege. Ironically the snow was being shoveled into the middle of the road - West 16th to be precise, and was slowing down oncoming vehicles.
So this town is starting to look like a very strange plutocracy; same with the mosque, those were rich Moslems behind it, acting against the wishes of their less well off brethren.


Melvyn Kohn

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 19:16

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Yesterday in the New York Post Jonah Goldberg compared Bloomberg to Schwarzenegger; son of a Jew, the other the son of a nazi, and Jonah calls them 'ideologues' - noting that others may use less flattering words; son-of-a-bitch might be what he is too reserved to put into print.
Both have failed their constituents - California has the lowest debt rating of any US state, and is $28 billion in debt, with failing schools and parks shut closed. No wonder the former Governor Jerry Brown in back. They switched back to the left after a hard right.
And NY will switch somewhere...Bloomie labels himself and independent, maybe because neither party wants his nonsense.
The snow has now mostly melted, possibly from the heat of our anger. In a storm where EMS failed and people died, the government officials had the chutzpah to give themselves and A+ for their work.
And of course Schwarzenegger is proud of himself, and will walk off the job with million - and Bloomie, with billions.
Sons-of-bitches both of them no matter what their background.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 19:20

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Bloomberg came with millions and Schwarzenegger too. So what is strange about it that they walk off the job with them?
Is getting poorer a quality in USA? Is it supposed to make anyone happy when another person lose money while working.

Please try to find better arguments to support your hate of these people.


Melvyn Kohn

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 21:09

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Nothing is strange per se with their walking off with money, but did you note that their constituents are much the worse for their wear and tear?
I did not attack the other millionaires and billionaires in this world - just FYI, I am happy to see people prosper
SYMBIOTICALLY. The lack of symbiosis here is what I am opposed to.
Did not the prophets touch on this?
Torah, for instance, forbade the King of Israel multiplying to himself silver (and horses, and women). And the Levites were not even meant to really own land...just thought I'd mention some facts from our mutual culture.


Yoni1

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 21:16

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"the other the son of a nazi"

And of course, that is Arnie's fault.
Idiot.


Melvyn Kohn

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 21:18

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No...the sins of the father, well, they are the sins of the father...but the sins of the son in this case are of great concern. And his background is worth a mention.


Yoni1

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 21:20

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Well, no, it isn't, since it has nil bearing on the case. What you are doing is akin to saying: NY is in terrible state under the Jew Bloomberg.
Pathetic and sickening.


Melvyn Kohn

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 21:24

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No it is not; I said California is in a terrible state because of objective facts about their budget...
But if you want this guy you take him - and his dad.

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