Even City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), a Bloomberg ally, called the city's response to the sixth-largest snowfall since records began in 1869 "unacceptable."
"[B]y all accounts, the collective storm response was not anywhere near up to the standards New Yorkers are accustomed to," Quinn said in a statement, announcing that the Council would hold oversight hearings after the New Year.
The Bloomberg boondoggle raised the specter of former Mayor John Lindsay, whose response to a 1969 blizzard was so roundly criticized (a week went by before some residents in the outer boroughs saw a snow plow) that the storm is now known in weather circles as "The Lindsay Storm." Although Lindsay lost a Republican primary later that year, he still won re-election on the Liberal-Fusion party line. Still, Lindsay's reputation was forever tarnished, and he left Gracie Mansion unpopular among New Yorkers.
Christie and Bloomberg, meanwhile, might look to their neighbor, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), for a manual on how to get better ink after a storm. Booker has reportedly used his Twitter feed to communicate with residents whose streets hadn't been plowed or who were unable to leave their homes, in some cases shoveling out people personally. Booker even delivered diapers to one resident who tweeted at him that his sister's street had not been cleared so she could go to the store.