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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Bloomberg vs. Booker: The mayoral dig-out tweets

By Andrea Caumont

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been battling the snow on his city's streets tweet by tweet - and getting a lot of attention doing it. New York City Mayor Bloomberg, meanwhile, has been castigated by residents for not doing more. We compared the two mayors' tweeting styles. (If you have trouble seeing this post, try using Firefox).

By Andrea Caumont  | December 29, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Great article. Booker has poised himself to be catapulted to Governor or other higher office by mastering social media. Bloomberg obviously doesn't "get" it.

I profiled Booker on my blog, too: http://goo.gl/VlQt0

Posted by: DerekPangallo | December 29, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Great article. Booker has poised himself to be catapulted to Governor or other higher office by mastering social media. Bloomberg obviously doesn't "get" it.

I profiled Booker on my blog, too: http://goo.gl/VlQt0

Posted by: DerekPangallo | December 29, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Great article. Booker has poised himself to be catapulted to Governor or other higher office by mastering social media. Bloomberg obviously doesn't "get" it.

I profiled Booker on my blog, too: http://goo.gl/VlQt0

Posted by: DerekPangallo | December 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I remember the storm of 1969 where Mayor Lindsay didn't plow Queens. It cost him. So I go back when it comes to heavy NYC snows.

My take on the City's approach to this storm is different from the published version.


The decision was based upon not paying overtime to the Sanitation workers. The storm hit right after Christmas. Most business is closed this week in NYC. To do it right NYC would have had salt spreaders positioned and out all through the night prior to the storm. This would have been overtime. And possibly the Sanitation workers would also have been upset about being taken from their families so soon after Christmas.

That way, with prepositioning, the snow could have been addressed from the start. Not perfectly, because of volume, but the consequences would have been less severe.

So, with a very light work week as a primary factor and the desire not to spend on overtime as a factor, the snow was left to build up as it came down.

And since we probably won't see a fourth term, there is no political consequence to this decision.

And that, folks, is how NYC works.

PS: As for the airports...well, that's the Port Authority and a completely different animal. Also, if you can't get to the airport, than why bother to rush the process.

Again, that's how NYC works.

Posted by: jato11 | December 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I remember the storm of 1969 where Mayor Lindsay didn't plow Queens. It cost him. So I go back when it comes to heavy NYC snows.

My take on the City's approach to this storm is different from the published version.


The decision was based upon not paying overtime to the Sanitation workers. The storm hit right after Christmas. Most business is closed this week in NYC. To do it right NYC would have had salt spreaders positioned and out all through the night prior to the storm. This would have been overtime. And possibly the Sanitation workers would also have been upset about being taken from their families so soon after Christmas.

That way, with prepositioning, the snow could have been addressed from the start. Not perfectly, because of volume, but the consequences would have been less severe.

So, with a very light work week as a primary factor and the desire not to spend on overtime as a factor, the snow was left to build up as it came down.

And since we probably won't see a fourth term, there is no political consequence to this decision.

And that, folks, is how NYC works.

PS: As for the airports...well, that's the Port Authority and a completely different animal. Also, if you can't get to the airport, than why bother to rush the process.

Again, that's how NYC works.

Posted by: jato11 | December 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a Manhattan resident, I would happily trade mayors, and governors for that matter, with the folks across the Hudson.

Posted by: cflinn | December 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a Manhattan resident, I would happily trade mayors, and governors for that matter, with the folks across the Hudson.

Posted by: cflinn | December 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as a Manhattan resident, I would happily trade mayors, and governors for that matter, with the folks across the Hudson.

Posted by: cflinn | December 29, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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