NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio apparently felt the level of injuries incurred in the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train accident in Brooklyn yesterday didn’t merit his personal attention due to the lack in “magnitude” of the incident.
Many passengers were injured but no one died as a result of the accident, so de Blasio was a no-show.
The LIRR train heading into Brooklyn on Wednesday derailed after it slammed into a wall at the Atlantic Ave. station.
The devastating rush hour accident left over 103 people injured.
Therefore, the absence of Mayor de Blasio at the scene did not go unnoticed.
The Mayor was grilled about his noticeable absence from the crash scene when he attended an unrelated press event less than a mile away.
In 2013, Mayor de Blasio criticized then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg for not rushing to the site of a more serious train derailment in the Bronx that killed four passengers, even though Bloomberg was in Bermuda on vacation at the time of the accident.
After that incident, de Blasio said this about Mayor Bloomberg’s absence: “For me, it would be, generally speaking, important to be there. My instinct in these things is to be present even if the city is not the lead… In this case, I would have been there.”
When questioned, Mayor de Blasio’s explained his rationale for not showing up at yesterday’s catastrophe by stating, “It’s a magnitude question.”
He said, “We look at each situation specifically, and this is a different kind of situation than that horrible tragedy we were talking about years ago. Long Island Rail Road obviously is the purview of the governor but, more importantly, thank God, these were minor, very minor injuries.”
The Mayor added, “Looks like this situation will be fixable pretty soon — so I think it’s a magnitude question here.”
N.Y. Governor Cuomo visited the Atlantic Ave. site and held a press conference early Wednesday to brief the media and the public on the situation.
There were 103 reported injuries in yesterday’s accident and, except for one broken leg, all of them were minor.
H/T: NY Post
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