Today Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference addressing the city’s response to the storm that arrived overnight. The fourth storm of de Blasio’s five weeks as mayor, it brought the new wrinkle of including ice as part of the precipitation.
Rock Salt & Governor Cuomo:
Wednesday morning, Governor Cuomo told reporters that in order to alleviate a shortage of rock salt, he was ordering deliveries of New York State’s rock salt supplies to New York City and other municipalities. When asked by the NY Times Kate Taylor, Mayor de Blasio described a far less dire supply situation, while seeking to avoid any sort of dispute with the governor. The question also featured a rare on-camera moment for First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris. Although he’s frequently at the mayor’s press conferences, Shorris clearly prefers an off-camera role.
Update – Full Press Q&A:
Mayor de Blasio answered storm related “on-topic” questions only. Among the questions: whether he’ll speed up his move to Gracie Mansion in order to avoid snow shoveling, a reported road salt shortage, the current blood supply shortage and whether he’ll donate blood, whether he would consider allowing boroughs or school districts to make their own decisions on closing for inclement weather, the 911 response times and city overtime costs, what Sanitation Commissioner Doherty learned from the second storm of this administration, the cause of a signal failure this morning on the 1/2/3 subway line and his take on the many snow storms in his brief tenure. Here is his full press Q&A.