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Message from Council Member Van Bramer

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The constituents of Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer received this message yesterday, which is presented here verbatim. Similar sentiment has been expressed to me by area wags and common gentry alike.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer — District 26 December 28, 2010

The storm’s aftermath – an update to the community

It is hard to believe that nearly three days after snow started to fall, and two days after it stopped, hundreds if not thousands of streets and roadways have been left untouched and unplowed, endangering the safety and wellbeing of New Yorkers. Never in the history of our great city has such a gross mismanagement of a snow cleanup turned into the disastrous lack of response we see before us today. For the past two days I have trekked through the impassable sidewalks and roadways in my district, witnessing first hand the systemic failure that our Mayor seems to believe is the best job our city can do in a time of emergency. The disconnect between “Hizzoner” and the everyday people that are struggling to get out of their houses, walk down their streets and attempt to get to work to make a living is unbelievable. The people of my district, and indeed all New Yorkers need help and answers and they need them now.

In the past two days my office has received over 150 complaints, emails and phone calls from distraught constituents and senior citizens who cannot walk down their streets, access their vehicles or get to the places and services they need. I am baffled as to how major roadways were left untouched and unplowed nearly 48 hours after a storm hit our city and the photographs that I have personally taken and collected from my constituents capture the chaos Queens has and is currently experiencing in the aftermath of the snowstorm.

Every complaint taken by my office has been documented and filed with the the Mayor’s Office, the Speaker’s office, and the Department of Sanitation to ensure that all levels are notified of the urgency and severity of the issue at hand and to expedite the snow removal. When not on the streets of our neighborhoods, I’ve been on the phone with residents, demanding answers from City agencies, and drawing attention to this debacle in interviews with media. Something has clearly gone wrong and answers will be sought out at a City Council hearing on January 10th, which will address and examine the City’s snow emergency policy and response.

My staff and I are dedicated to getting our community the services it needs and the answers it deserves and will be working around the clock to ensure that every complaint is adequately addressed. As always, please do not hesitate to call my district office, at 718-383-9566 or send us an email at

I work for you. I’ll never forget that, and I’ll always be grateful for the honor and privilege.

Jimmy Van Bramer

Council Member, District 26

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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Abominable Snowman of Astoria

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu, our noble dog and faithful subject, demanded reasonable access to the amenities of curb and hydrant and so compelled- I grabbed the camera and we went out into the storm. On the corner of 45th and Broadway, we came across this sinister homunculus.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Mastery over snow and ice is but one of Zuzu’s many abilities, but her foot pads are vulnerable to ice melting chemicals and road salt. Her pads were prepared for the saline ponds and frozen mounds with an application of Musher’s Wax, which is a commercial variant of Beeswax. We left her comical coats and sweaters at home, since there really was no point in them as Zuzu was punching in and out of snow banks. Cry Havoc, and let slip, declareth the dog, and we went to Newtown Rd. and 43rd street.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was decided that Broadway, where we just were, would be a superior spot to sniff. As always, the corner grocery is open. Somehow, these guys had power back during the Astoria black out in 2006, and their sandwich counter is both clean and surprisingly affordable. They even make home made yogurt!  Zuzu stared at this corner for a while, it was probably since she knows that this is where yogurt comes from.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Giving my loyal canine a moment of privacy, Zuzu went about her business while I stared up into the trees. A dogs life has so little dignity, offering a moment of discretion when they need to powder their noses is only polite. Cleaning up her steaming dog egg, I realized that the snow was again taking a turn for the worse. So did Zuzu.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu got cold, or hungry, and decided it was time to go home at this point. I followed.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu during warmer times.

Written by Mitch Waxman

February 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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