Mayor Bloomberg, whose control of New York City public schools expires tomorrow, is quite obviously fed up with the stalemate in the State Senate. Standing alongside United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten — who, in an effort to ease the passage of mayoral control, has dropped her objections to the version passed by the State Assembly — Hizzoner issued the kind of threat that senators might actually listen to. Because, you know, it was issued in a tone of posturing and petty obstinacy, the only language they understand:
"I used to have my home phone number listed in the phone book, like everybody else. You know, why should - I'm just a person too. And for about four years, every once in a while, maybe once every month, I'd get a call at 3 in the morning and somebody would have a complaint, and I'd say: 'Look, if it's an emergency call 911. If not, here's my phone number at work, call me in the morning. And most did, and we were able to solve their problem. Then one reporter thought it was funny to put it out on television, and the Internet, of course, picked it up, and we had about 1,000 calls. I had to go around the house and unplug every phone. And I've never been able to put it back up. So, you know, we'll give you the numbers of the senators, assuming everybody promises to call them at 3 in the morning. Well, I can do one better: We should call, and we should give you their addresses so you can stand outside their houses. That'd really make a dent."
Of course, if you stand outside the houses of the people really causing the problems, you run the risk of waiting around by a house nobody actually lives in. Or, you know, getting slashed in the face with a broken glass. So, that's a caveat.