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Snow response

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 22, 2014 2:18:47 PM PST
Snow storms are almost always tough on New York Mayors. In so many ways, it's a no-win situation. How in the world can you please 8.3 million people when it comes to fighting Mother Nature, and making life return to normal in a rather abnormal situation?

You don't.

But hey, that doesn't really matter, because, well, because this is New York. And people will get ticked off. And man oh man, are some people ticked off.

For the new Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, just 3 weeks in office, he ain't exactly feelin the love from some New Yorkers. One of the tabloids ? fueled now on social media ? is pushing #dablah. Oy.

But for the second time this month, de Blasio is battling a widespread perception that he's sticking it to Manhattan, as a sort of political thumb-nosing gesture. It's as if his campaign mantra of "a tale of two cities" will be fought by where the City's snow plows attack first and fiercest. Income equality? Not much he can really do about that, right? But snow plow revenge? Easy peazy.

At least that's the feeling today of many New Yorkers who live in Manhattan. No, it's not the biggest borough. But yes it produces the most revenue, exponentially. Plow a street in Queens and you get a few houses. Plow a street in Manhattan and you might affect thousands of people.

This sentiment playing out on social media last night and today. Personally, I found the lack of plows in Manhattan meant that the snow stayed less grimy for much longer. I liked the pristine sight and feel of the 10 inches we got ? without the muddying effects of the plows. We'll have the latest on the blowback from the snow plow strategy, and the current assault by Mother Nature ? the brutal cold. Meteorologist Lee Goldberg leads our coverage, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa, tonight at 11.


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