Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his mishandling of the city’s woes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying the mayor has proven he is totally out of touch with the needs of his constituents and should resign.
"He has mishandled this entire crisis," Hikind told Shimon Gifter in a video interview for VIN News.
"People feel unsafe in their own homes, they are afraid to leave what is left of their houses because of the looting. Where is the mayor? What is he busy with? We changed the law to give him a third term, because he insisted that the city needed him, he was the great administrator. He has been a colossal failure. I dare him to go out to Far Rockaway or Seagate and face the people there."
Hikind took the mayor to task for his slow response to the gas crisis, wondering why it took Bloomberg a week to institute even/odd rationing at gas stations, when New Jersey adopted the policy almost a full week ago.
"Who is running the city of New York?" queried Hikind. "It certainly isn't Bloomberg."
While Hikind criticized the mayor for his inaction following last week’s storm, he further attacked Bloomberg for what he called his skewed priorities.
"What is the mayor busy with? Ensuring that people can't donate food to the homeless because he is worried about its nutritional content. Instead of spending his time helping storm victims, the mayor is busy making sure that no one brings cholent to homeless shelters."
Another blow to Bloomberg came from Washington, DC.
The White House has notified that newly reelected President Barack Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to view recovery efforts, despite Bloomberg's request not to do so.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama will meet with affected families, local officials and first responders who have been dealing with the major storm, AP reported.