Who the flake is running this city!?!
New York’s Emergency Management head was abruptly ‘fired’ by a deputy mayor during a Friday meeting over city snowstorm responses — only the supposedly-canned honcho never heard from Mayor de Blasio, and he still came to work Monday, sources said.
Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin and OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito got into argument amid the summit that covered, among other topics, last month’s botched city response to a freak snowstorm, and how to better tackle surprise squalls going forward, sources said.
The spat ended with Anglin telling Esposito he was fired — only the entire weekend then went by without Esposito hearing from Hizzoner himself, who spent Friday en route to and attending a “progressive” conference in Vermont, sources said.
When news — broken by The Wall Street Journal — hit Monday of Esposito’s apparent ouster, City Hall at first kept mum, while an OEM spokesman said that “Commissioner Esposito is in his office working today.”
But by early afternoon, both de Blasio and Esposito, who took over OEM in 2014 following 45 distinguished years with the NYPD, were headed to a meeting to hash things out, sources said.
“We’ll get back to you later,” de Blasio said as he stepped out of City Hall around 2:30 p.m., bound for the meeting.
He ignored questions about whether he asked Esposito to resign or whether the deputy mayor had the authority to wield the axe herself.
Esposito said nothing and simply waved to reporters as he left OEM headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn around the same time.
But behind the scenes, Esposito — who was on vacation and not even in town when November’s storm brought the city to a gridlock-gripped standstill — was “pissed” over the confusion, said one City Hall source.
Phone messages left for both Esposito and Anglin weren’t immediately returned — but City Council members were more than happy to pan the apparent booting of Esposito.
De Blasio infamously refused to take blame for the city’s woeful response to last month’s crippling storm, instead pointing the finger at, among other things, “bad luck.”
Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton
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