Michael Bloomberg certainly wasn’t the first New York City mayor to fail at cleaning up after a disastrous snowstorm. In February 1969, 15 inches of unexpected snow fell on New York. Poor maintenance had left about 40 percent of the city’s snowplows unusable, and the city’s environmental protection administrator was out of town and incommunicado. People were trapped inside as the snow was left piled high on the streets, blocking buses, taxis, and garbage trucks from getting through. Queens was hit particularly hard, as it was one of the last boroughs to receive help. When Mayor John Lindsay finally made his way there in a limousine, he was booed, and one woman yelled at him, “You should be ashamed of yourself.” Lindsay was reelected later that year, but his success in politics was short-lived thereafter. A career Republican, he changed parties in 1971 and attempted to grab the Democratic nomination for president a year later and failed.