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Yes! The mayor of the countyr's largest city exercising leadership in action!

Only 25% of New York City's gas stations are open. In the meantime, public transit is struggling to regain its footing after Hurricane Sandy, with flooding and electrical outages. Commuters have been hard hit with commutes turning into 4 plus hour affairs.

Across the state, the gas availability has decreased- where previously 38% of stations were open, now only 34 are.  Mayor Bloomberg was asked why it has taken two weeks post Hurricane Sandy to institute a gas rationing system in New York City.

Bloomberg responded:

The theory was that there would be a lot of gas coming in and there is a lot of gas coming in but it has not gotten a lot of gas stations to open and there's some issues with small distributing points where the trucks fill up you want to see whether the pipeline opens and the refinery opens there's no reason to worry about odd even if theres' no gas coming in. Once the supply is restored you want to see the behavior pattern. Odd even won't make more gas. In NJ theres' some evidence the lines were shorter.
Why are only 25% of the city's gas stations open?
Well originaly it was they didn't have electricity that problem has been solved, then the theory was there was no gas thoughg you'd think they would have gas underground tanks. Hess owns their own stations and they've been open. The other companies they don't own their stations they're independently owned and some of these people just had other things to do. WHO KNOWS.
We've put a police officer at every gas station to make sure people don't push in line.

The answer is just with time.
So this is Mayor Bloomberg's help to the crippled citizens of New York - sit back and wait while somebody finally figures it out. Put your lives on hold, don't go to work, because he has no idea what the problem is and apparently there is absolutely no urgency to solve this problem or the lack of power in the Rockaways which are served by LIPA (the Long Island Power Authoritiy).  But not to worry, precious police resources will be diverted to the gas stations to ensure that you are not trying to get gas when you are not entilted to.
Surprise, surprise. We live on an island. There's going to be flooding! You can say we should have anticipated this, well what can you do?
Yes, no one could have foreseen!

Podcastto Hizzoner's comforting leadership this morning.

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - New York City began rationing gasoline on Friday for the first time since the energy shortages of the 1970s, seeking to ease a fuel crisis in the U.S. Northeast brought on by devastating Superstorm Sandy.

It also disrupted the fuel supply chain, creating hours-long waits for gasoline that led officials first in New Jersey and now New York City and Long Island to impose rationing that allows only cars with odd- or even-numbered license plates to buy gas on any single day.

"This is worse than the oil crises of the 1970s," said Ralph Bombardiere, executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops. "Back then there was just a perceived shortage of supply in New York, when there was plenty gasoline around. Now we're having real distribution problems."

The long lines at the pump have added to the frustration of commuters, who must choose between driving and enduring seemingly interminable waits for buses and trains with parts of the transportation network still damaged.

In addition, some 696,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast lacked power as of Thursday night, creating more misery for the thousands forced to flee their storm-damaged homes or for those who have hunkered down in the dark with freezing overnight temperatures.

Protesters took to the streets in the Long Island town of Oceanside on Friday, chanting, "Where is LIPA? Where is LIPA?" referring to the Long Island Power Authority, a state-owned utility.

After Wednesday's snowstorm blasted the area with fierce winds that knocked out even more power, warmer and sunny weather was forecast for the weekend, providing some relief to disaster victims.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at first resisted gas rationing, saying fuel supplies should return to normal once New York Harbor reopened after the storm and tankers started sailing again.

But many gasoline terminals - which transfer fuel from tankers at sea to trucks on land - sustained damage from the storm that created a record surge of seawater and flooded low-lying areas.

Yes, who could have foreseen that LIPA was still operating in the 20th century?
The Long Island Power Authority’s agonizingly slow response to Sandy came after warnings as far back as 2006 that the utility was unprepared to handle a major storm, failed to upgrade antiquated technology, neglected vital maintenance and regularly underbudgeted for storm response.
A state report and a review of records show that the regional utility lagged behind industry standards by not using smartphones and digital tablets — and at times even printers or fax machines — in favor of pen-and-paper memos and dial-up Internet access.
The utility’s critically important power outage management system, which helps direct the recovery response, operates on a 25-year-old mainframe computer that was cited as one of the biggest shortcomings in the utility’s response to Tropical Storm Irene in August of last year.
Customers of LIPA pay the highest utility rates in the country.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg flashed his managerial incompetence during the Christmas blizzard that crippled the city while his street was spotlessly free of snow. This new disaster puts it into full relief, starting with his disastrous decision to proceed with the NYC Marathon until the sponsors backed out, and becoming painfully obvious int that there is no emergency or disaster planning at work in his administration. Bloomberg is a useless, overrated CEO.  His townhouse on East 77th street is fine and he has light and heat, while making a big show of being driven in his motorcade to the subway to take it part of the way downtown to City Hall.

Trillions of dollars have been squandered on a manufactured 'war on terra', while true threats to the national security - our power grid and fuel supply - have been ignored. It is painfully obvious how easy it would be for a terrorist to cripple the nation if one weather event has done so to the nation's largest city. (Though the stock exchange was mysterioulsy up and running two days after the storm, even though the rest of the  lower half of Manhattan remained in the dark and cold. The priorities are there).

Originally posted to Barefoothoofcare on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:46 PM PST.

Also republished by New York City.

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  •  No more terms as Mayor for you! n/t (9+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:50:00 PM PST

  •  Too Bad someone already took the "Know Nothing" (5+ / 0-)

    Party.
    Photobucket

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:54:44 PM PST

    •  nope, play the podcast nt (2+ / 0-)
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      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:12:15 PM PST

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    •  No - the utility situation is also a scandal (1+ / 0-)
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      Gas rationing made sense from the git go. The port of New York did not open for delivery until Friday after the storm.

      Con Ed has been in business for 180 years. They have more experience than anyone and they are practicing disaster capitalism instead of disaster recovery.

      The have raised their dividend 38 years in a row, but weren't prepared for a major storm.

      Today they announced they will proceed with their request for a fare hike. New Yorker already pay 50% more for power than the national average.

  •  Both Christie and Bloomberg have seen... (4+ / 0-)

    ..their national standing significantly erode post-Sandy.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:59:09 PM PST

    •  not sure about Christie (4+ / 0-)

      he seems to be doing a much better job than el bloombo

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:12:47 PM PST

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      •  Christie will be reelected in NJ, to the chagrin.. (4+ / 0-)

        ..of us Booker fans.  But as a national figure, he's done.  If I were a GOPer, I'd never forgive him for that bear hug.

        Bloomberg's taken a hit due to incompetence.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

        by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:28:09 PM PST

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        •  Jury still out on Christie (4+ / 0-)

          While Long Island seems to have the slowest and worst of the recovery so far, all is not hunky-dory in New Jersey. Some Shore communities are still heavily damaged; many places along the coast got 8-12 inches of snow on top of the effects of the hurricane.

          In addition, there are isolated pockets of the state that remain without power; my mother expects power back this Saturday, and a friend of mine was told "Thanksgiving" when he asked when his power would come back.

          So there is still time for the state to sour on Chris Christie. Cory Booker is actually in a decent position to capitalize on this as he is only responsible for Newark. Christie is responsible for the entire state which takes a lot more coordination for people with a lot more disparate needs.

          I'd think Christie-Booker would still shape up extremely well. If Christie takes a hit from his handling of the recovery it will come from his voter base in Monmouth and Ocean counties, which delivered him the governorship in 2009 and will be vital to his re-election efforts.

          If Booker and state Dems can turn out the vote he has a very good shot. Independents (and more than a few Democrats disgusted by Corzine) broke for Christie and he still only managed to win by 4-5 points with an indy candidate taking votes from Corzine.

          I haven't seen Christie's approval numbers but in mid-October it was 52 approve/44 disapprove which is a good, not great, place for an incumbent... we shall see. But don't count out Cory yet!

          Now I don't know but I been told/it's hard to run with the weight of gold
          Other hand I heard it said/it's just as hard with the weight of lead

          by ekthesy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:43:57 PM PST

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    •  True but Christie has managed to mitigate it (2+ / 0-)
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      somewhat. Working with Obama among things to make his image look at as good as it can.
      Whereas Bloomberg is digging further and further starting with the Marathon.

    •  The only standing Christie has lost (3+ / 0-)
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      Is with the Republicon Party.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:39:02 PM PST

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  •  Meanwhile I was pretty happy to see (7+ / 0-)

    Cuomo go after the power companies.

    http://www.9wsyr.com/...

    We had a similar issue with Pepco in our region over the past few years.  It would rain and we'd lose power for days on end.  The politicians finally got really fed up and forced them to do the upgrades they should have been doing all along.  I think that's why we did not actually lose power during Sandy.

    The old familiar sound of the transformer blowing never happened.  That was a new experience for us.

    •  yeah, he's 'outraged'. 'going after' them (4+ / 0-)

      is another story altogether. he's been huffing and puffing for the cameras a lot. not actually accomplishing anything though.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:14:02 PM PST

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      •  It is difficult to change the present (3+ / 0-)

        situation with respect to the power companies.  According to the stories, they've run out of materials - they don't have enough power poles, for instance.

        Anyway, whether or not you think it will come to anything other than his bluster, he is doing the right thing based on what I saw here with respect to Pepco.  It wasn't until the politicians started going after the company publicly that they finally started to take them seriously and make changes.

        •  Last year's Hurricane Irene was a huge red flag (2+ / 0-)
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          warning - unheeded. Please read the linked article.

          "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

          by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:44:32 PM PST

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          •  It took a while around here and a lot (5+ / 0-)

            of outages that weren't fixed for weeks - but we'd had all of those outages not all at once or for so long for at least five years prior.

            We had storms in 2010 and 2011 - one in the winter - that all totaled knocked my power out for probably 20 days, I think.

            Anyway, yours is not a unique problem.  Politicians around the country are just figuring out that they are going to have to go after the power companies.  The years of neglect since deregulation is starting to really show even in smaller weather events.  It is probably going to get even more interesting over the coming decade because pretty much none of them are doing the maintenance and upgrades that they should have been doing - and they are all charging really jacked up prices.  

            My power bill is about five times higher now than it was in 2005.

            •  I hope you are right about this (1+ / 0-)
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              Politicians around the country are just figuring out that they are going to have to go after the power companies.  The years of neglect since deregulation is starting to really show even in smaller weather events.
              The situation in New York is going to drive people and businesses out of New York city.  The high prices, people were willing to pay because you could count a pretty high level of public services. Not after this.
        •  As Cuomo said - 'they're a power company. They (1+ / 0-)
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          ran out of poles. Yes, poles. Can you believe it?" Very disingenuously.

          "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

          by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:45:37 PM PST

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        •  Bear in mind that when they site X customers (2+ / 0-)
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          are without power, they are only counting properties that can be safely re-energized.

          I have diaried about this - all the properties that were flooded or have internal damage from the storm have to be certified by a licensed electrician.  

          NONE of those folks are counted in the tally of "customers without power" even though they received a monthly utility bill before the storm.

          Also: 1 customer could be a whole building full of apartments or businesses.

          Example: Stuy Town - Coopers' Village, is a residential property in Manhattan. Together have ~20,000 apartments, (not sure if they count as 1 customer or 2 customers).

          •  I hope you don't think that I am making (2+ / 0-)
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            excuses for their failures.  When I said that it was difficult to change the present situation that statement went specifically to the issue of these companies being both ill prepared for emergency (low stock for repairs) and not having kept up with regular maintenance that would have potentially prevented such widespread damage.  There is a lot of old equipment out there.  They spent months working on my area.  I stopped to talk to the guys working on the lines to ask how bad it was one day after a storm and they looked at me rather wide-eyed and said, "It's really bad."

            I asked what the problem was and one guy said something about trying to revive long dead equipment.  They were waiting for a part, but weren't sure whether that was going to actually help.  I thanked them and they were really nice to me.  It wasn't their fault they didn't have the parts they needed to really fix the problem.  I felt their frustration.  

            That was before the politicians finally lost it.  Once the politicians started to go after the power companies, connections including the one that the guys were trying to jury rig back together were replaced completely.  All new!

            •  Don't worry, I didn't take it that way nt (2+ / 0-)
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            •  Mayor announced today that green placard (2+ / 0-)
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              homes will be repaired first, because he wants to get the quick projects done first.

              Does that make sense to you?

              http://www.ny1.com/...

              Green is the least damaged
              Yellow means ? - go in with caution, might be unsafe
              Red means uninhabitable

              Are the yellow placard homes uninhabitable at the moment?

              •  No. It doesn't make any sense at all. (2+ / 0-)
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                Bloomberg has been "off" all the way through this storm saga, imo.

                •  We are going to see Sandy refugees, both people (2+ / 0-)
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                  and businesses just leave New York because it will be cheaper to start over elsewhere than to wait in line for the Mayor's repair triage.

                  The deal is contractors arranged by city+FEMA will be assigned to a given area, and they will hire subcontractors to actually do the work.

                  Something tells me this will not end well.

                  •  I hope that it could end well. (2+ / 0-)
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                    The Jersey shore was too intensely populated for me, but what I can tell you is that I always marveled at how many middle class and working class people had the opportunity to have a cottage on that shore.

                    If we have real recovery for the people, we will not be building Donald Trump towers when we go back to rebuild.  We will be making sure that the shore is still a dream within reach - AND we will be looking at how we can protect that coast line and the residents from superstorms.  And if we can't, we should not rebuild and make sure that the coast is not privatized - that it remains state or federally protected so that people can use it for recreation, at the very least.

                  •  there are already tiny businesses, ruined (1+ / 0-)
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                    in that position

                    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

                    by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:58:04 PM PST

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                    •  And it shows gross incompetence that it (1+ / 0-)
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                      took them 11 days after the storm to come up with this plan.

                      This could have been thought through and pre-organized (at least on some scale).

                      It goes like this:

                      Assemble a list of Contractor applications and sub-contractors who are evaluated for capacity and specialty.

                      You keep the list current, updating each quarter.

                      When the storm hits - you immediately tell the public there is a plan, and you get boots on the ground, with the building inspectors, to make initial assessments of what each building will need.  

            •  That's encouraging - and I hope that we see (2+ / 0-)
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              change here.

              That was before the politicians finally lost it.  Once the politicians started to go after the power companies, connections including the one that the guys were trying to jury rig back together were replaced completely.  All new!
              Unfortunately, I think the demand will have to come from business leaders AND residents pulling together.
              •  Well, the politicians were both victims (2+ / 0-)
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                themselves of the power outages and under intense pressure from constituents and businesses that were tired of losing food, money and business because of what were in some cases fairly pedestrian summer rain storms.

                The "Superstorm" excuse around here was not applicable in most of these cases.  These were typical summer storms for our area.

                I'll tell you something else which is that after the summer of 2010 Pepco made a big deal of their program to trim trees near power lines.  They ran ads and went around and trimmed trees.  They told us that that was going to be the solution to their problems with delivering power to us.  

                BUT the thing was that in 2011 after all of the trees had been trimmed their transformers and equipment was still blowing up all over the place.  In my case, it was the same old transformer.  I thought, "Must not have been a tree problem all this time."  That seems to have been the case with a lot of neighborhoods like mine.  Old, bad equipment that needed to be replaced was the culprit, not the trees.

                •  Same situation up here - we have capacity load (1+ / 0-)
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                  maximums every summer, where somewhere there's a power outage.

                  And yes, trees and poles down in ordinary severe thunderstorms.

                  A state congressman (R) is among those who lost his house in Breeze Point to the fire there. (They had not heeded the mandatory evacuation order).

                  The substation explosion in Manhattan as the storm surge hit was captured on video, and will be part of a powerful narrative, I'm sure.  This is what happens when we let the utility company extract dividends instead of upgrading or hardening their systems.

          •  Just yesterday nYT had a story on one such couple (1+ / 0-)
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            living in FiDi their building electrical panel got fried with water, they live in a $3,000 mo 1 BR rental and are now living in a hotel at $165 a night, and all they have been told is what you said - Con Ed has dumped the responsbility on the landlord, and now word on who is paying the hotel bill or if there will be rent relief

            "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

            by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:57:14 PM PST

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            •  The utility company only has responsiblity to (1+ / 0-)
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              deliver power to the property.

              What is really pissing me off if that when the Mayor simply repeats the utility number, X customers are still without power, it's such a grossly misleading number.

              The press need to be asking him how many homes and businesses LOST power due to Sandy?  How many households and businesses are displaced because their building is uninhabitable?

      •  The minute he spearheads a campaign to regulate... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....compensation of top execs at the power companies and demand that they PERMANENTLY hire 25% more utility workers in case another storm comes, then I'll buy his "outrage".

        Otherwise, it's just "puffing", as you say.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

        by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:41:41 PM PST

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    •  Power companies were once heavily regulated... (6+ / 0-)

      ...utilities where redundancies were required and compensation for top execs was much lower.

      Then, both Dems and GOPers agreed to deregulate them.

      Once deregulated, if you're the CEO, why would you plan for a 25-year storm that may not come during you tenure, but which would definitely increase expenses by, say 25%, due to redundancies required.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:33:31 PM PST

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    •  He's campaigning to position himself as the (1+ / 0-)
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      next champion, the guy who made the utilities accountable.  I'll believe it when I see it.

  •  umm ... (7+ / 0-)

    "who knows?" is not an acceptable answer. find out, schmendrick.

    good lord, the events of this week really make 100% nakedly clear to anyone paying attention that all these republican big business types, when rubber meets road, their sense for ACCOUNTABILITY really is for shit.

    keep your eyes on the sky. put a dollar in the kitty. don't the moon look pretty. --becker&fagen

    by homo neurotic on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:06:48 PM PST

  •  Supposedly it would cost less than $5 billion (4+ / 0-)
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    to build a seawall around NYC... a fraction of the $33 billion cost from this storm alone.

    "It is, it seems, politically impossible to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to prove my case -- except in war conditions."--JM Keynes, 1940

    by randomfacts on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:16:29 PM PST

  •  Can't wait for Jan 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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    When this jerk is out of office.  And hope that Bloomberg's lacky, Christine Quinn, doesn't win.

    3 of his screw ups (and there are more) that I can think of right now is the Dec 26, 2010 snow storm (he was in Bermuda with his girlfriend sunnying himself), the Marathon he wanted to still have 5 days after Sandy hit (cited 9/11 and that we still had the Marathon that year but keep in mind, 7 weeks had passed between 9/11 and the marathon), and now Sandy.  Sandy is an inconvenience for this Mayor and if you really think he cares about the people affected by it, I have a bridge to sell you.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:37:26 PM PST

    •  I hope she doesn't run either (0+ / 0-)

      I hope Anthony Weiner does.

      Christine Quinn, doesn't win.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:47:09 PM PST

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      •  Believe me (0+ / 0-)

        I was a big Anthony Weiner fan when he was in Congress but then he sent out tweets that caused him to have to resign his seat and the District then got a Republicon and the seat was erased due to redistricting.  I don't think he can win, too soon and if the Republicons put up a half way decent candidate we'll have 24 years of Republicon rule in Gracie Mansion.  

        FYI, I've heard rumors (but don't think they're true) that Mr. 9/11, noun & vowel is being courted to run.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:59:36 PM PST

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    •  I hope neither Quinn or DeBlasio win (2+ / 0-)
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      I wonder how Bill feels now about luxury development along the Gowanus Canal.  

      •  I'll take DeBlasio (0+ / 0-)

        Over Quinn but I'm not crazy about him either.  The last poll I saw had DeBlasio 2nd from the bottom and Bill Thompson (who should have won in 2009 but was not forceful enough as a candidate) came in 2nd place.  If I'm right, Quinn had 34% and Thompson had 19%.  We've got our work cut out for us.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:03:29 PM PST

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    •  Bloomberg is the closest to a competent mayor (1+ / 0-)
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      that nyc has had in ages.

  •  "the crippled citizens of New York"?! (1+ / 0-)
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    Er, do you mean the physically disabled citizens? And whether you do or not, I wish you would find a different phrase.

    -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

    by SensibleShoes on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:44:25 PM PST

  •  Now, now, now, don't go (1+ / 0-)
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    beating up on poor ol' Mayor Mikey.

    He has a driver when he needs one. He doesn't have to worry about getting enough gas in his car to get to work. His home neighborhood didn't lose power. You can't expect him to worry about everything, can you?

    Good thing he can't run again.

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:12:12 PM PST

  •  Blame Democrats too. Cuomo is the governor (2+ / 0-)
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    THis was a bipartisan failure.  We have Obama in charge , Cuomo at the NY level. You have Bloomberg in the city. You have Christie a Republican in NJ.

    The response has not been Katrina bad, but this has been unacceptable. And isn't Long Island Power a public utility owned by government?

    •  It's not just LIPA, it's Con Ed too (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes, it's not a Katrina. There were more than a million people living in mandatory evacuation zones in NJ, NY, and CT. That the direct loss of life was only about 100 people was a real testament to good policy and preparedness.

      But what's happening now re the utilities is a growing scandal.

    •  I most certainly have been berating Cuomo (1+ / 0-)
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      repeatedly, (much to the chagrin of a certain poster whose delicate sensibilities it offended and felt the need to defend him),  it just didn't fit anywhere into this particular diary

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:01:33 PM PST

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      •  Sorry, I didn't aim at you personally (1+ / 0-)
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        Just the general tone of comments on dkos. It seems like people get defensive when analyzing our own , yet have no problem using the same kind of facts to go after another party guy.

        •  yes it's true, people are very defensive about (0+ / 0-)

          FEMA, even though their performance has been pretty execrable (not compared to Katrina of course but that's no accomplishment)

          "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

          by eXtina on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:22:23 PM PST

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  •  would LOVE to have this gas problem (1+ / 0-)
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    but our car drowned in the Sandy flood and I do mean SANDY....  

    and along with our car our water, electricity, heat and pretty much everything else drowned too :(

    today, by the good grace of  relative I took my first semi normal shower (sigh) but we are still virtually homeless until some kind of HEAT gets turned back on in our once beautiful but now surviving on inadequate generators for not enough power coastal community

    a year (hopefully not 2) from now I will be telling the tale of this ummm errr great adventure...but for now its nice to not be sitting in a dark dank bathroomless and waterchallenged room staring at a dead computer and wondering where we can charge up the cell.

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:39:55 AM PST

    •  Glad to see that you made it through. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've been thinking about you ever since you signed off here the night of the storm. I hope your living conditions improve very soon.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:00:44 AM PST

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      •  WE'RE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        its musty but not moldy and its VERY COLD but we have actual running water and LIGHTS and the elevator I need (due to wheelchair use) is back up and running and a quick inspection shows absolutely NO FLOODING anywhere in our oh so nice to be here HOMEEEEEEEE  :)

        Shock hasnt yet subsided but our sense of humour has returned and, although there is basically NO FOOD in our house we do have a bag 0of one hundred pieces of halloween candy but I am not allowed to open it lol

        We made 3 stops on our way back to our beach community...  one to pick up relief supplies to drop off for the people in the hardest hit part of our community... soap towels and first aide supplies...  one to buy some eggs and bread and one to say a final goodbye to our faithful but dead as marleys ghost car before it is towed away`:(

        we are safe, we have a roof and walls and a floor, we have running water...  given all that I AM SO HAPPY TO BE HOME!!

        "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

        by KnotIookin on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:40:43 PM PST

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        •  I heard just before we left to go out (1+ / 0-)
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          for my birthday dinner earlier this evening that there were "only" about 6,000 remaining customers without power in NYC, and I thought that you must have gotten yours back.

          I'm so glad for you. I've done some volunteering at the shelters in my neighborhood (we still have one open), and will probably be doing some work getting food into the hardest-hit areas.

          I'm very glad your home is intact, sorry about the car. My cousins and one couple of friends both live in Long Beach, where I think they both got their cars out but their homes are trashed.

          Welcome home!!!!

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:15:47 PM PST

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          •  we have a couple of friends from Long Beach (0+ / 0-)

            they lost everything except their lives (sigh)  I feel so lucky.

            "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

            by KnotIookin on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:06:37 AM PST

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            •  That's just awful. (1+ / 0-)
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              At least my cousins and my friends will be back in their houses someday (AFAIK at this point). I'm really sorry for your friends.

              A friend told me yesterday that they know someone whose house is gone. Swept out to sea. I can't imagine what this must feel like.

              "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

              by sidnora on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:47:50 PM PST

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              •  you should go onto Utube and watch some of the (1+ / 0-)
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                videos from seagate at the farthest tip of Coney island...a lot of houses fell into the sea that night (sigh)

                "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

                by KnotIookin on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:29:23 PM PST

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  •  btw BLOOMBERG is an ASS of the highest order (0+ / 0-)

    with whatever cell power we did have... after trying to find out useful info to help us survive the first 6 or so days without civilization of any kind we would tweet that BLOOMBERG was what we would have if romney got elected... a businessman who thought holding the F'IN MARATHON wasnt going to take any resources away from hurricane recovery....

    Kind of made those of us who didnt have even bathrooms due to NO POWER to pump water to toilets a little INFURIATED to hear, on our transitor radios, tht there were 3 gigantic generators sitting idle in Central park waiting to power a MEDIA VIP AREA for the marathon... !!!

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:53:43 AM PST

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