Here comes Chafee’s first snowstormJanuary 10th, 2011 at 9:17 pm by Ted Nesi under General Talk
Snowstorms can cause serious headaches for politicians, as Chris Christie and Mike Bloomberg discovered anew after last month’s Boxing Day Blizzard. Rhode Island officials learned the same lesson – painfully – after the famous December debacle of 2007.
With my colleague Tony Petrarca and our other WPRI meteorologists forecasting a major Nor’easter to hit Rhode Island early Wednesday morning, the Chafee administration is set to get its first big test from Mother Nature just a week after taking office. When I called spokesman Mike Trainor earlier tonight, he couldn’t talk because he was on a conference call with the R.I. Emergency Management Agency.
Chafee loved running a city – heard about how he used to be mayor of Warwick? – so managing the response to a big storm could be right up his alley. Or he could get the blame when schoolchildren are stranded on I-95.
Either way, storms are one of those relatively rare times when average citizens experience government firsthand – the DMV is another one – so the Chafee folks would be well advised to be on their game this week, no matter how the storm turns out.