Mayor Bloomberg said he will investigate the allegations that Sanitation workers purposefully staged a slowdown during the Blizzard clean-up as revenge for budget cuts. Echoing Gov. Paterson's statements yesterday, Bloomberg said "it would be an outrage" if the allegations were proven true. But even Bloomberg's slight change of heart won't satisfy the bloody-thirsty, snow-encrusted masses. "I really think he realizes this could turn into his Waterloo," said Councilwoman Debi Rose, who added that she herself was snowed in for three days. Could this be Bloomberg's Waterloo AND his Katrina??
Bloomberg was on a true charm offensive yesterday, traveling across the city for pre-planned PR events with mildly-disgruntled, snowed-in residents. But even cute grandmas and defenseless children couldn't protect Bloomberg from the plebs rage; Claudia DiPeri confronted the Mayor between photo shoots to tell him how her husband, an MTA employee, had to walk 60 blocks to an N station to get to work. "[Bloomberg] asked, 'What does he think about me?' I just told him, 'He doesn't like you,' " she told the Post. Later, Bloomberg was even criticized to his face by his fellow elected officials: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said her constituents were still calling asking "Where is the plow," and added, "One of the things I think should have happened earlier is that the routes of the buses should have been cleaned." To all that, Bloomberg nodded, said "OK, thank you," and moved on to another topic.
Councilman James Vacca was equally annoyed after his meeting with Bloomberg in the Bronx at the end of the day: "I told the mayor snow removal could have been done much better and many of us are not happy. What happened in this snowstorm is that people on taxpaying streets didn't see a plow for days. That's something we have to change." Despite a vow to clear the streets by 7 a.m. yesterday morning, the headaches continued for many people on unplowed streets today.