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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Who's the snow 'wimp' now?

By Aaron Morrissey

Let's travel back in time to the good old days of February 2010, shall we? It was then that two New York congressmen had a grand old time taking potshots about Washington's lack of strength in the face of overpowering snow accumulation, which was, to them, an indication of our overall suckitude. In case you forgot, here's what New York Reps. Eliot Engel and Mike McMahon thought about our response to snowfall which basically crippled the area for at least a week:

"Wimp is the word, let me tell you," said Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel.

"In New York, I think I can count on one hand all the time they've closed the schools for my kids or even for me and my wife. Yet in D.C., there only has to be a threat of snow and they're closing the schools for a week," added Engel. "In New York, there's no way that would happen. It's like night and day."


"Certainly there's a different mindset where every threat of snow is the storm of the century," said Rep. Mike McMahon (D-Staten Island), who along with other congressional delegates had no work this week because of the snow and no work next week due to a holiday recess. "[In New York] we plan for it. We budget for it. Every inch of snow costs about a million dollars."

Yeah! Because there's no way that New York, the greatest place in the history of the freakin' world, would ever struggle to get out from under a massive snow storm, right?

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | December 30, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, weather  
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A valuable lesson here. Noone should critique another city's response to a natural disaster.

Heckuva job there, Bloomie.

Posted by: krickey7 | December 30, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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