Mayor Bloomberg MIA: NYC Pissed Off

By on March 17, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

While a Bronx blaze took the lives of nine people, eight of which were children, Mayor Bloomberg found himself in the warm climate of Miami. Did this sit well with New Yorkers who find it hard to believe that its own Mayor wouldn’t be on site lending his support, grief, and sympathy for the lives lost? Not at all. In fact, at a press conference in Miami Bloomberg was asked that very question. Why isn’t he in NY? Why is he still in Miami? What does he think the citizens think of him?

First, let’s fast facts and look at the time line. If my memory serves me correctly the mayor had already been in Miami at the time of the blaze. Second, the building and the lives have already been taken. What could he have possibly have done that hasn’t been done by the FDNY and the NYPD?

Speaking on the topic this morning some say if it was white people who burned in the blaze then he would have been on the next flight to NYC. Does it always come down to race? I already disagree.

Many have pointed out the black out that hit Queens sometime last summer as being a prime example. Bloomberg stood right by a chief from ConEd. During 9/11 he found himself on the site within moments. During the MTA strike of 2005 he found himself walking across the Brooklyn Bridge with fellow NYers showing solidarity with the struggle to start a not so normal work day.

The fact of the matter is had it been a cop shot, either black or white, the mayor would have been to NY faster than a bat out of hell. That is just real. That is just the way of life. A cop’s life trumps that of eight dead children. That isn’t my way of thinking but if you lived in NY then you know what is how it is. 

So is race a factor? Not at all. Should the mayor have been in NYC during such a crisis (or after it for that matter)? Yes. Was he? No. Will that change how people feel about him? That is too be seen.

What do you think?

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