…the trains ran on time:
Two days after slamming the tri-state, millions of people affected by a post-Christmas blizzard continue to dig out from a storm that shut down area airports, crippled commuter train and subway service and stranded thousands traveling during the holiday weekend.
The sixth largest snowstorm in the history of New York City dumped two feet of snow and left many, especially those living in the outer boroughs and small suburban side streets, feeling trapped or ignored as city resources went to dig out Manhattan.
“I’m furious at Mayor Bloomberg, he’s a rich man, so he doesn’t care about the little people,” said New Enrico’s Car Service livery driver Julio Carpio, speaking in Spanish. “I have to work, why aren’t people out there plowing? Why does the mayor always go on TV the night before to say, ‘We’re all set with a fleet of salt trucks,’? and then you never see a single truck. They always abandon Queens.”
That’s because Queens doesn’t have anything that interests Bloomberg. If he could be just mayor of Manhattan he would be, and be quite cheerful about it, too. Rudy, on the other hand… now there was a guy who could appreciate Brooklyn. Hell, I even think that he kind of liked Staten Island, and that takes skill.
(Via RCP) I’m still trying to reconcile a 46/38 result among registered voters (which represents a flip since January 2009) with Siena’s statement that half of NY voters can want Giuliani to run for neither Governor nor Senator, unless a large proportion of those voters don’t want him to run because he could actually win. Absent a look at the actual questions, I’m not sure whether I can reconcile. Giuliani in the Senate would be… interesting. And an improvement over the current incumbent, of course. Lots of stuff in that poll, by the way: the general thing that you’ll take away from it is that Andrew Cuomo has an almost-lock on the gubernatorial nomination and election, and that New Yorkers loathe their current state government.
It’s going to be an interesting primary there next year.
Crossposted to RedState.
If the last month should have done anything, it should have caused NY State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to at least re-evaluate his decision not to challenge current Governor David Paterson for the job. Since then, Paterson’s numbers have stayed awful: 19% from Marist, 28% from Quinnipac, 18% from Siena. The consensus is that Giuliani beats Paterson; Cuomo beats Paterson; and that Cuomo beats Giuliani. The situation for Paterson is in fact so bad that his own consituents would rather have their old governor back right now, and their old governor has a name for liking to choke prostitutes*.
And yet, Cuomo won’t run.
Governor David Paterson won’t get challenge from Andrew Cuomo
Primary fights are great for Democrats, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo asserts.
And no, he insisted again Sunday, he has no plans to challenge Gov. Paterson.
Either Cuomo really doesn’t want the job, or he’s quietly worried about any Democrat’s chances in 2010. Given the nature of the economy in general and New York’s in particular, there may be something to that last worry – and if so, it’s something to consider when trying to decide how doomed the Republican Party is in the Northeast.
*Which is why he won’t be running again, rehabilitation dreams to the contrary. The editorial cartoons draw themselves.
Crossposted to RedState.