2007_02_mayortix.jpgAfter pointedly saying that it was easy for drivers to move their cars during the midweek snow-and-ice storm and that parking tickets would stand, Mayor Bloomberg backtracked and said tickets issued for alternate side of the street violations on Thursday and Friday would be forgiven (the message is also there on 311). The Mayor begrudgingly said he was sorry during his radio program yesterday:

I’m sorry for the inconvenience to people, but you know you have to make decisions, and each of these storms is different......In retrospect, in some parts of the city there was not that much snow, and in other parts it probably really was an imposition. We did get a lot of calls and listened very carefully to what the Sanitation Department heard, to what our Community Assistance Unit heard, took a look at what calls came into 311.

You can listen to the show here (.asx file).

About 4,000 tickets were issued on Thursday. One Bronx resident told the Post a traffic agent was "just out there giving tickets like they were candy!" Some residents still aren't happy with the Mayor. Brooklyn resident Soraiya Vernon said to the Daily News, "I like the mayor, but is he on crack? We're not being chauffeured around like he is. He doesn't know what it's like out here."

We turn your attention to WNBC's veteran newsman Gabe Pressman, who feels the Mayor's apology is half-hearted and wrote this:

Many New Yorkers admire the mayor for his achievements and philanthropy. But few people can forgive the insensitivity he sometimes displays. Would it cost too much to make a straight-out apology for his intemperate remarks? Mike Bloomberg is a stubborn guy. And he doesn't like to admit he's wrong.

The whole situation reminds some of us old enough to remember of the disastrous snowstorm that crippled Queens when John Lindsay was mayor. Lindsay almost lost his re-election campaign. But in his campaign commercials, he admitted he made a serious mistake by not doing enough to clean up Queens -- and the people forgave him.

Kindness and forgiveness -- two values that New Yorkers appreciate.

Photograph of a Department of Sanitation gear-clad Mayor Bloomberg during a snow storm briefing a few years ago