Update: Since this post went up at 5:19 AM, Mayor Bloomberg has CHANGED HIS MIND!! That in itself is a veritable miracle.
Channel 2 made the announcement at 5:30. It's kind of hard to believe that Mayor Bloomberg, who can circumvent the time and space continuum and predict the weather simply by virtue of having all that money, could ever be wrong. I'm reminded of the song from "Fiddler on the Roof" in which Tevye the Milkman muses, "When you're rich, they think you really know..."
Of course, Mayor Bloomberg didn't know. On the contrary, the mayor once again waited until after people had woken up and were getting ready to leave before making his decision. That's real leadership!
When I woke up at 5 AM, the commentators on Channel 2 were saying otherwise.
The host on Channel 2, a little after five o' clock, said schools being open was "hard to believe," and it was "really difficult walking around and getting around." The weather guy said, "I'm floored the schools are open today." He added, "this gets to be a safety issue, too." and "You gotta add an hour to two hours to your day for extra commute time, so...I don't know...I'm just here...I'm just the messenger."
However, the two SUVs that come to Mayor Bloomberg's house to take him to the subway stop he favors (so that the punters will think he uses public transport, and not SUVs) appeared able to make it to his home. Your street may not be have been plowed, but the mayor didn't see your street when he looked out the window of his Manhattan townhouse, so why should that matter?
Therefore, Mayor Bloomberg figured SUVs could also make it to the homes of 1.1 million schoolchildren and 80,000 teachers. That's how things work in Mayor Bloomberg's New York.
Would your chauffeurs have be able to pick you up on time today? Were they just bellyaching about being caught in the snow, or being in crashes and being unable to move? Boy, it's hard to get good help nowadays.
My plan was to dig out the car and go in very slowly, until commenter Dugong gave me the word (Thank you!). But the richest man in New York City changed his mind. The Channel 2 weather guy said, "He didn't have a choice."
What are you going to do today? Were you already preparing to leave when you heard this, like I was?
Reporter Wayne Barrett
6 hours ago