Yesterday was the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Rockaways in New York City. The area was hard hit during Hurricane Sandy and has had a hard time recovering after the storm. Mayor Bloomberg, who was featured in the parade, was booed by the Rockaway residents after his lack of leadership and help after the storm. The New York Post covered the story:
Locals didn’t spare their ire over the area’s slow recovery, hoisting signs reading, “Mr. Mayor, we need jetties” and “Listen to the Rockaways.”
“We’ve been dying down here, up to our ears in muck trying to rebuild, get back to a regular life,” one heckler told The Post.
“For the politicians to come down here and try to take our celebration and make it their thing . . . it’s disgusting.”
At the end of the route, Bloomberg thanked the Sanitation Department, cops and firefighters who worked to restore the neighborhood after the storm.
“I don’t think there’s anybody who could have ever done the job that you guys did,” the mayor said before he jumped in his car and was driven away.
The mayor wasn’t the only politician crossed by paradegoers.
Revelers heckled Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer after he cheered through a bullhorn, “Let’s hear it for the Rockaways.”
“Send money, pal. Send money!” one heckler yelled back. “Talk is cheap!”
Public Advocate and mayoral contender Bill de Blasio’s crew was also booed after a staffer chanted through a megaphone, “Mission accomplished. Thanks, Bill de Blasio.”
Obviously Mr. Bloomberg is not nearly as admired by constituents as he would like us to think. The Rockaways have been swept under the rug and much of the country has not seen the dire circumstances there.
The residents there are not afraid to boo the mayor and Senator Schumer. Until they can put the politics behind and focus on their residents, I don’t see Rockaway citizens staying quiet.