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De Blasio Praises Storm Response With Shovel in Hand

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The year's first major snowstorm had New Yorkers everywhere shoveling out, including Mayor de Blasio. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

It's too soon to tell if he'll beat the city's income inequality. But Bill de Blasio sure won Friday's battle of sidewalk snow shoveling.

"I urge all New Yorkers, don't life with your back, lift with your knees," De Blasio said.

There were no back spasms on the stretch of 11th Street in Park Slope, just increasing spots of open sidewalk, courtesy of one man with a lot of power over snow plows and snow shovels.

Dante de Blasio, the mayor's teenage son, got a later start than dad. But give the kid a break, school canceled meant the 16-year-old could sleep in. And soon enough, Dante emerged before a bank of cameras and the walk was clean.

"Well the blizzard was worse," Dante de Blasio noted.

As for dad, some griped de Blasio had more important things to do than shovel himself. But hours earlier, at 4 a.m. in fact, the 109th mayor was on a conference call plotting snow strategy.

The mayor says shoveling the 11th Street sidewalk is his job as he owns the house.
Clearing Gracie Mansion, where the first family is moving, will fall to city workers.

His Brooklyn neighbors said it's nice to know he takes all his responsibilities seriously.

"If you're a New Yorker you're supposed to clear a path, you're supposed to attend to your sidewalk and have it taken care of, so he was just doing what any New Yorker does," said one neighbor.

Residents say they heard the snow plows rumbling down the street a couple of times during the night. But the block isn't much different than it's been in previous storms.
That may be because there's a firehouse on the next block.

The path cleaned, de Blasio headed off to a Queens sanitation depot to continue a busy day overseeing the first major challenge of his days' old administration.

Dante de Blasio went inside, though only after his mom checked not just how he did, but also if her husband's work was up to snuff.

What Dante did next is unknown, but going back to bed must have been tempting. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP