Mayor Bloomberg Urges City Employees To Get Back To Work, Despite Sandy

Mayor Bloomberg back to work

New York City schools will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday and public transport will be suspended for at least the rest of the work week, as the city begins cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, the most damaging natural disaster to hit the city in over a century. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked all city employees to report to work anyway, reports New York's Daily News, and said school principals and administrators would forfeit vacation days if they didn't. The president of the New York principals' union said the decision was "unconscionable" and "put adults at risk."

"City workers are here to help others. I think they understand that," Bloomberg said Monday. "City government is open and these are the times when New Yorkers need us most." Those on duty include sanitation workers, emergency room staffers and park employees. In a press conference Tuesday morning, Bloomberg reiterated to city workers that they had an obligation to help others. "If your office is open, and if you can safely-- and I repeat, safely -- get to work, please do so," he said. And if their offices aren't open, he added, city employees should try to get to a shelter to volunteer their services.

Bloomberg specifically called on all Department of Education employees who work in central and field offices to report to work Monday, according to a press release from the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators. (The CSA is the New York branch of the national union for school administrators.) The instruction wasn't entirely well-received at a time when all public schools in the city were shut down, public transit suspended, and parts of the city mandatorily evacuated.

"It's a pretty ridiculous situation," said Russell Murphy, the spokesman for New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. Murphy acknowledged that the mayor had prepared the city well for the storm, but said that pressuring city employees to go to work was "a little bit out of touch with what's going on today."

The mayor's office could not be reached for comment.

New York City flooding Hurricane SandyRodriguez has asked Bloomberg to reconsider the decision, writing on his Facebook page that school staff are "clearly unnecessary" on days when the schools are shut, and that it constitutes "an undue burden which many may not be able to afford."

CSA President Ernest Logan urged his colleagues by email to "exercise good judgment regarding your safety and your families' well-being when deciding whether or not to report to central or field offices."

Even city employees with cars would struggle on their commute, Rodriguez pointed out on Facebook, since certain city highways are under water. "The mayor expects them to swim back home," wrote one commenter.

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"If your office is open, and if you can safely-- and I repeat, safely -- get to work, please do so," he said"

Oooooooh.....he is soooo mean! Asking well paid city workers to please come do their jobs if they can safely get to work. How awful....what a way to have your vacation cut short.

November 04 2012 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What kind of man is Mayor Bloomberg? First he doesn't cancel the marathon for days after the flood, then he orders all city workers to be at work or forfiet their vacation or personal days. HOW HEARTLESS IS THIS MAN?
I sure am glad he is not mayor of my city. Most of those city workers also lost their homes and everything they have. What is wrong with this greedy person. He doesn't have good common sense. Everyone who can help is helping their neighbor. I am just appalled at his actions.

November 03 2012 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always thought Michael Bloomburg had something missing in his intellectual makeup. This confirms it. The part of his brain that allows him to make money is wired absolutely perfectly. On the other hand, the part that deals with common sense and relationship with those beneath him on the economic scale is frighteningly deficient. I think the term is Idiot Savant.

November 01 2012 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda B

He laid out the safety guidelines, so what is the problem. Someone has to help and start the monumental recovery effort. Why not the people who are already getting paid for it? David Letterman had an audience tonight so someone is getting around in New York. Also, there is tons of work to be done starting with paperwork to get the emergency services going. Who is going to do that? You better believe it is not the unions and the ones who are screaming unfair. It is not like Bloomberg is sitting in his mansion calling in his job!

November 01 2012 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did he think that just maybe those workers might have clean up on the personal side such as their homes, cars, neighbors, etc that needs to be taken care of?

November 01 2012 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dans AOL

Eric read again he said if you can make it in SAFELY, also he wanted the adminastraitors only to come in , do you know why? They have to inspect the schools to make sure they are safe for the children to return to school. They have to file all the paper work for insurance claims so repairs can be done .. He also said if they can not make it in safely he would like them to volenteer at a near by shelter or help neighbors clean up

November 01 2012 at 1:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Your looking at just what you get with a republican. No conscience, no decency, no compassion and most of all a total lack of any sense. Half the town has no power so we need to walk to work in an empty building with no power and probably get cited by the cops for having only 2 in a car. Then we need to leave the children at home alone because the mayor said we have to be there or be punished for not being stupid enough to not listen to the cops. If we are teachers we need to be at school so we can teach no one. Michael Bloomberg is a low life scum fool and needs voted out. Excuse me while I have the lemo pick up the kids from their private school, Have some food flown in from France and get ready for my dinner date with a few up scale friends of mine in LA. I should remind the captain to refuel the jet for the meeting tonight. Republicans are just out of touch with real people.

October 31 2012 at 10:19 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Dans AOL

Considering he was a life long democrate till he ran for mayor of NYC and switched his party affiliation so he could ride on the coattails of Guliani. Remember how a cedrtin Democrat held up flights at LAX and kept flights circling for hours just so he could get a $500. hair cut on the tarmack at LAX on Air Force 1 ?

November 01 2012 at 12:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

maybe the mayor should allow BIG GULPS for his employees so they can have the extra energy to work harder

October 31 2012 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

park employees? why? are there squirrels in central park that need rescuing?

October 31 2012 at 9:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Michael Bloomberg is right, if the workers can get to work safely on their own, then get to work! If you have power and your workplace has power, go do your job, no questions asked. From what I understand in the article, he said if it is safe to do so, and if it is not safe, then he would not have a problem with that. City workers are there to help others as Michael Bloomberg stated. I know sometimes he can be highly controversial in making decisions, but sometimes he makes the right call and I think he made the right call on this.

October 31 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Spoken like a true Republican air head. Go turn on your FOX fake news and brainwash yourself a bit more. Or maybe you would like to spend sometime on the streets practicing your back stroke down the drain sewers.

October 31 2012 at 10:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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I am not a Repbulican or Democrat and I do not watch Fox news, can't stand it. He repeatedly said if it is safe to do so, please work. What don't you understand between safe and unsafe? Michael Bloomberg stressed if it is safe to do so, then he would like to see city workers working to get New York City back in order. City workers are paid by the city to do their job and that is to serve residents of New York City, no matter where they are at.

Michael Bloomberg does not want the circumstances like New Orleans had with Katrina and Rita. Sandy was a massive storm that did a lot of damage to New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, etc. He does not want to wait weeks for power to be restored like New Orleans. The lower half of Manhattan lost power during Sandy. not the upper half of Manhattan, although it is still a lot of people.

I think Michael Bloomberg wants the city to have power, water, food, etc all in working order in a timely manner and to me that is not too much to ask. If the mayor asks people to work if it is safe, then they had better report. If half of my city was unerwater, but I had power and my work place had power, and the streets that I take to work aren't flooded and filled with debris, I would go to work and not whine about it. That is what he means by safely.

If you have power, your place you work has power and your streets that you take aren't flooded or filled with debris, then he would like people to get to work as quickly and as safely as they can. I believe that he made the right call, clean up has to start somewhere. If you want to be lazy and not work, go right ahead.

November 01 2012 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

we all can walk or report some where else to help.

October 31 2012 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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