Baby it's gonna be COLD outside!

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 6, 2014 1:24:17 PM PST
Amazing how the buzz in Manhattan over the weekend was how miserable the streets looked. It's a disturbing complaint although many New Yorkers who live in the other 4 boros might feel that it's about time Manhattanites felt the way they've felt all these years, as if their streets were neglected.

But really, is this the right way to handle the situation, by making it tougher for Manhattan at the expense of everyone else? I ask this not as a resident of Manhattan, but as a one-time economics and accounting major, as someone who sees the economic engine that drives the city, the state and, in large part, the country, as someone who likes the way organizational strategy pays off at the bottom line. If the streets don't get cleared in Manhattan, then it doesn't matter a tinkers darn whether they're 100 percent cleared in every other part of the tri-state. If folks can't get into Manhattan, they don't get to work.

Now, if the de Blasio administration would like to shift the economic engine to Park Slope, have at it. But Manhattan is the boro set up to handle the millions of people who pour into New York City every day and work their butts off, and then exit to their homes elsewhere.

Clear the streets, all of them! That's the mantra I heard over the weekend either in person or on social media. If we're going to level the playing field, then plow the other boros just as well as Manhattan has been plowed in years past. THAT'S equality. I'm just sayin'.

Now to our 11 p.m. show and speaking of severe weather, we've got more of it coming overnight in the form of plunging temperatures. Some of the coldest temps in about 2 decades. Meteorologist Lee Goldberg is leading our coverage. And I'm thinking of changing his name on air at some point listen for it! to Lee Goldberrrrrrrrrrrrg.

Also at 11, a nasty little lawsuit filed by a football fan in New Jersey. He's filed a class-action suit, claiming the NFL has put up only 1 percent of its Super Bowl tickets for the public to guy. And, he claims, they're ensuring most peeps have to go through some sort of black market to get tickets to the "big game." We'll have reaction.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.

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