Careful, Mr. Mayor: Slippery Slope When Wet

I’m sure New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio would like Groundhog Day 2015 to go off without a slip up, but I don’t think that’s in the air.

Last year's Groundhog Day festivities indeeed hushed New York's sweet Charlotte. Photo: Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News

Not to be outdone by the head honcho, Pennsylvania’s groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, New York also has a critter who comes out of its burrow to look for its shadow. In case you’ve forgotten, butterfinger
Bill dropped Charlotte last year. She later succumbed to her internal injuries a week after her plummet to the ground — Charlotte died.

The saying, “Be careful what you wish for” must be resonating through the halls of Gracie Mansion. You see, I think Mayor
de Blasio’s wish came true — much to the delight of New York’s furry weather forecasters — he probably won’t be hosting Groundhog Day 2015. Likely, Mr. Mayor will be relegated to dealing with Snowstorm Linus issues, instead.

Not necessarily the best wish for Mayor de Blasio. He has been severely criticized for putting the city that never sleeps to bed on January 27, 2015. Estimates for shuttering the Big Apple due to Snowstorm Juno run from $200 million to $500 million. The costly abundance of caution decision resulted in closing roadways, bridges, LIRR, and the city’s subway system — the first time in its 110-year history. Stating with haunting “the sky is falling” fervor, Mr. Mayor referred to the impending weather as, “This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city.” To make matters worse, he further added, “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”

The mayor’s problem was he slipped up, again. No, he didn’t drop a groundhog — this time, but he was all wet . . . the sky didn’t fall.

Groundhog Day folklore dictates if cloudy when the groundhog emerges, then spring will come early. If sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow, and retreat back into its burrow to hunker down for six more weeks of winter.

So, because much of the country is in for another bitterly cold snowstorm on February 2, are we in store for six more weeks of winter? Who really knows . . . the Shadow knows. That is, the groundhog’s shadow . . .

Or should we ask Mayor de Blasio?

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