During the “Snowpocalypse of 2010” the 5 Boroughs of NYC struggled to dig itself out of the 20 or so inches of snow. Many New Yorkers let it be know that they were not happy and Mayor Bloomberg was heavily criticized for the lack of response. Snow plows were nowhere to be found on the streets during or hours after the blizzard had passed.
While New Yorkers took out their frustration with the Mayor and snow on Twitter; Cory Booker the Mayor of Newark (New Jersey) took to the streets with his a shovel in one hand and his Twitter feed in the other.
While Mayor Bloomberg struggled to control the perception of how he and his administration was handling snow removal, Cory Booker used the power of Twitter to stay connected with his constituents. Through twitter Booker asked the people of Newark to let him know where there were snow issues. Tweet after tweet Booker responded to those in need asking them where they were located and letting them know help was on the way. In one instance someone tweeted that they needed diapers and Booker hand deliver the diapers himself.
Needless to say Booker received praise locally and nationally for his work; while Bloomberg is still being criticized from every angle.
So with a new snow storm hitting the NYC area, it looks like others are following the example of Cory Booker.
Just this afternoon Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) tweeted…
“Not to go all Cory Booker on you or anything, but I’m inviting Bk/Q residents to file snow removal beefs here.”
I applaud Weiner for his efforts and I hope it works for him; it will be interesting to read the complaints he will receive. There will be legitimate complaints but I guarantee that his account will be smashed with nonsense; I am sure it will be entertaining.
But in all seriousness I hope people utilize the services Weiner is providing, this is government working for you at your finger tips.
With that said I hope this time around I see some toughness out New Yorkers, the amount of whining I heard and read about was out of control and I expect better from NYC. As a New Yorker we pride ourselves on our toughness, in all honesty I didn’t see that toughness. Growing up in Queens it was no shock when it snowed that Queens was the last borough plowed. On my block neighbors helped each other; we cleared the sidewalks for the older folks on the block and we all chipped in to dig each others cars out. I was embarrassed by some of the b*#ching I heard… I know the city’s response was unsatisfactory but MAN UP!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
If you don’t know Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), you better get to know this kat!
Rep. Weiner performed his own version of a ‘Takeover’ Wednesday morning in the House of Representatives. In about 7 minutes Rep Weiner summed up all of the frustrations of the White House, Democrats/Progressives in the House and Senate and the American people who support Health Care Reform (HCR).
Finally someone took it to the Republicans as Anthony Weiner started his rant by telling Republicans, “You guys have chutzpah (audacity)…”. Weiner’s Brooklyn side came out on this day, he took the floor of The House like a thug from BK taking a street corner.
In the wake of the Health Summit, Rep Weiner went on a rant pointing out the hypocrisy of Republicans and Democrats. Twice during his rant Weiner was stopped as he called Republicans, “wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry…”. Basically saying that Republicans are in the hip pockets of the insurance companies and will do whatever to protect those companies; aka BITCHES for Health Insurers.
When he made that statement Rep Lungren (R-CA) asked that Weiner’s “words be taken down…”. Lungren is saying here that Weiner’s comments are inappropriate and requesting that they be stricken from the record. In doing this Lungren is able to interrupt Weiner and have him restate his comments using different language. After a short delay Weiner is then permitted to continue.
In one of the more Gangsta moments you will ever see in The United States House of Representatives; Weiner refuses to change his comment and basically continues to call Republicans the BITCH of Health Insurers. Again Lungren interrupts Weiner request his “words to be taken down”. Once Weiner is allowed to continue you can still feel the fire and passion from him. He rips Republicans for standing in the way of real reform, change that is good for the people. As Weiner is wrapping up his diatribe he points out that the long-standing hypocrisy from Republicans is coming to an end, “Enough of the phoniness. We are gonna solve this problem because for years our Republican friends have been unable to and unwilling to. Deal with it!”
Here is the video of Rep. Weiner’s rant:
Democratic Senators & Representatives need to watch this video and take notes. For too long Democrats took the high road and tried to have intellectual debates about HCR, we saw this time and time again during the summer with all the town hall meetings. That message was not being heard by the masses; Rep Weiner message Wednesday was heard by all and is the perfect lead-in for the Health Summit taking place Thursday morning!
President Obama, if you were looking for someone in Congress that would fight for Health Care Reform. Look no further than that kat who reps Brooklyn and Queens. Rep Anthony Weiner, I salute you… You own “Takeover Thursday”
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!