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Mayor Bloomberg Joins New Yorkers In Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg usually takes the subway to work, but like millions of other New Yorkers, he had to find a different way to City Hall Tuesday. NY1’s Rita Nissan filed this report.

Mayor Bloomberg had a long, cold walk to work Tuesday morning. He spent the night at the city's Office of Emergency Management bunker in Brooklyn, then the mayor joined thousands of other New Yorkers who had no other way to get into Manhattan than to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

“So far everything is fine,” Bloomberg said early this morning.

The mayor stayed close to his large entourage of security guards, administration officials and reporters. It was a somewhat different scene 25 years ago, the last time there was a transit strike, when Mayor Ed Koch greeted pedestrians.

Maybe it was because the weather on that April day was much warmer, but Mayor Bloomberg didn't stop to chat today. He waited for an afternoon press conference to thank New Yorkers for following his contingency plans, and surrounded by his top commissioners, he let loose on the transit workers union.

“The leadership of the TWU has thuggishly turned their backs on New York City, and disgraced the noble concept of public service,” said Bloomberg.

The mayor has not been directly involved with negotiations. Neither has Governor George Pataki, who essentially controls the MTA. And even though critics say Pataki should step in, he said there's no need to.

At a press conference in Time Square, he too had strong words for the union.

“The TWU has broken the law. That is wrong. They will suffer the consequences,” said Pataki. “We don't want the people of New York to suffer anymore. They should end this illegal strike and come back to the table.”

New Yorkers are hoping for a deal soon. Otherwise, there will be another long, cold commute.

- Rita Nissan
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