Dealing with the nasty weather has become a predominant concern during Mayor Bill de Blasio's first five weeks in office, and while learning to manage the response on the fly, the new administration is also trying its best to manage the message. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Back from his morning workout at the Y, Mayor Bill de Blasio was shoveling snow from the sidewalk outside his Brooklyn rowhouse at around 7 a.m. Wednesday. If the image seems familiar, it's because de Blasio has done this before, and before that, and seems to be growing weary.
"I'm getting tired," the mayor said. "This is heavy snow today, Bobby. I'm getting my workout here. I went to the gym first. That was not a good idea."
Still, the mayor said that the tiresome chore won't accelerate his move to Gracie Mansion, where others will do the shoveling. Instead, he grins and bears it, just like the everyday New Yorkers that the mayor praised Wednesday for their fortitude.
"Nobody likes days like today, but nobody handles days like today better than New Yorkers," de Blasio said.
Indeed, along with the usual directives to stay off the roads, de Blasio went out of his way at a storm-related news conference to give winter-weary New Yorkers some positive reinforcement.
"Even when I have woken up in the morning lately and known that that snow shovel was waiting for me, I still felt that great gratitude that I was a New Yorker and I knew we would get through, and I knew we would all work together," he said.
The mayor also had nothing but praise Wednesday for his administration's response to the latest round of slushy weather, saying that there is now a lot more coordination among agencies, and more sharing of information and resources.
"I think everyone's done a hell of a job," de Blasio said.
What, then, of Governor Andrew Cuomo saying the city had reported a salt shortage, leading the state to lend a hand? The mayor seemed unaware of it. Deputy mayor Anthony Shorris confirmed the news, but had a different spin, saying that the city was only being prudent, stocking up for both this storm and the next.
"We're out looking around all the time to make sure our salt supplies are as high as they can be," he said.
Meanwhile, de Blasio also said he plans to donate blood and encouraged New Yorkers to do the same to alleviate a shortage.