On The Sidewalks Of New York

Back in the 70s, Chicago was hit with a massive snowstorm, catching city officials and then-mayor Jane Byrne off guard. It eventually cost her her job and paved the way for the Windy City’s first (and only, so far) black mayor, Harold Washington.

Outrage after a few inches of snow brings NYC to a halt

A few inches of snow brought chaos and massive traffic to New York City roads on Thursday — prompting a storm of criticism for the city’s response to the wintry weather.

Traffic backed up for hours across New York as numerous streets went unplowed, but was especially bad in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.

The snowstorm barreled into the city on Thursday afternoon, and ended up dropping some 6 inches on the city at Central Park after the forecast originally called for about 1 to 3 inches.

“Somebody dropped the ball. No way a few inches of slush should bring the greatest city in the world to its knees,” Democratic councilman Justin Brannan, of Brooklyn, wrote on Twitter.

Scott Stringer, the city comptroller and fellow Democrat, added: “The City clearly didn’t properly prepare for tonight’s snowstorm — it’s a mess.”

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  1. Back in the 70s, Chicago was hit with a massive snowstorm, catching city officials and then-mayor Jane Byrne off guard. It eventually cost her her job and paved the way for the Windy City’s first (and only, so far) black mayor, Harold Washington.

    Well, you put the memories of both Milady and me to the test here, Pete.

    I think you might be conflating a couple of things, because we recall that it was Bilandic who commissioned an expensive STUDY of how to clean the streets, when what was needed was an army of snow plows.

    “Chicago Blizzard of 1979 in January paralyzed the city and caused Bilandic to be seen as an ineffective leader.” —Wikipedia article on Jane Byrne

    Washington beat Byrne and Daley-son in a three-way primary in ’83. (We were living in Edgewater-Uptown then, with our one, soont to be three kids.) Dem wins mayorality, of course, in Chicago, but even that was a tight race.

    Washington was more like Daley than Daley-son was. Corrupt, of course, but with an encyclopedic mind – the Rolodex-minded politician who remembers not just you, but your family, and all about you, like Milady’s precinct captain. As such, he wasn’t a half-bad Overlord for the Big Potato. He could have been in there as long as Daley Sr, if he hadn’t stuffed his gut to death with a couple of whole fried chickens a day!

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