September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document
Title:Wheres the mayor?
Original Language:English and Spanish
Blurb:In the 82 days we tracked his appearances, the mayor scheduled events outside of Manhattan on only 31 days--and he's come to the Bronx only seven times. Its like the mayor is afraid to leave Manhattan!
Body:Every morning when we get into the office, an e-mail message from the mayors press office is waiting in our inbox. Public Schedule for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for
followed by the date. Basic details of the mayors public schedule appear in the text of the message, with the location of each event written in capital letters: MANHATTAN; QUEENS; BROOKLYN; STATEN ISLAND; BRONX; LONG ISLAND; WASHINGTON, D.C.
Having rarely seen BRONX in those e-mails, on Feb. 15 we decided to start saving them. As of Tuesday, May 7, we have accumulated 82 messages. Only seven contained the word BRONX. None of those seven contained more than one Bronx event.
Here are the seven events that brought our mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to our borough.
February 28 Swears in members of the Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony at Hostos Community College in Melrose.
March 10 Marches in a St. Patricks Day parade in Throgs Neck, on the Bronx southeastern tip.
March 26 At Van Cortlandt Park, declares a drought emergency.
April 4 Attends the funeral of Police Detective Jamie Betancourt in Unionport, on the eastern half of the Bronx.
April 13 Speaks at a luncheon of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization in Baychester.
May 3 Attends the funeral of firefighter Michael Lynch in Schuylerville, on the Bronx eastern shore.
Heres the one we like most:
April 5 The mayor is in the Bronx for the second day in a row, this time to throw out the first pitch before the Yankees first home game of the season.
Three of those visits came while the mayor was on his way to an event or back from an event outside New York City.
Staten Island has it worse, only being graced with the mayors presence six times since Feb. 15. Mr. Bloomberg has visited Brooklyn nine times and Queens 15 times.
Add them up and subtract the six days when he visited more than one borough in a day, and heres the bottom-line: in 82 days, the mayor scheduled events outside of Manhattan on only 31 days.
Its like the mayor is afraid to leave Manhattan!
Half the job of being mayor is simply showing up. We need to see our officials in order to know they are working for us.
Where is the mayor? In the first months of his administration a big deal was made over his weekend excursions out of the city. We suppose Mr. Bloomberg cannot be blamed for preferring to spend his weekends in Bali or the Bahamas instead of the Bronx. Wouldnt we all like to be there for a little R & R?
Of course we would, but were not the mayor. His job is to manage the cityall five boroughs, all 8 million people. If he continues to neglect us now, lets not forget to neglect him when he runs for reelection.