The New York Post calls it callous indifference. We call it gross negligence and incompetence. All the same thing. And the aide in question is the loathsome Howard Wolfson, a former Clinton hack.
City Hall dithered, storm victims shivered — and so Mike Bloomberg’s main man was compelled to scurry off into the dark last night to try to make things right.
As best he could.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson was patrolling Central Park after sunset, searching out space heaters, bottled water and such — and, with Post City Hall Bureau Chief David Seifman standing witness, loading what he found into a city-owned SUV for transport to Staten Island.
Wolfson had pledged Friday afternoon, while emotively announcing the cancelation of the New York City Marathon, that “all of the assets that this marathon currently has — generators, other equipment, food, water — will be redeployed to people who need it.”
Precious little, if any of it, got anywhere near the hardest-hit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Certainly not the generators.
A dozen were sitting idly in Central Park as late as yesterday, while out at the marathon’s Staten Island starting line on Sunday, The Post found 20 heaters, tens of thousands of “space” blankets, jackets and crates of water, apples and peanuts, all sorely needed by freezing residents of the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island.
This was at the same time that Mayor Bloomberg was terming the tale of the idle generators to be “not a story.”
How wrong can one mayor be?
It was The Post’s embarrassing front-page photo of two generators being used to power a media tent that left organizers no choice but grudgingly to cancel the race.
Thus was Wolfson piloting his SUV through heavy traffic to Staten Island last night — his conscience clearly burdened (or, more likely, his rear end on the line) after his cavernously empty “all assets” pledge.
Read the rest. There’s a call for an accounting, but really, who’s going to bother? Emperor Bloomberg’s term is up next year and it’s doubtful even he wants to try and rewrite the city charter again to claim a fourth term. Judging by his actions the past week he’d be lucky to get 5% of the vote, anyway.