For going on roughly 2 decades now, New York’s Chuck Schumer has found something, almost anything, especially if it promoted big government, to offer an agreeable media on Sundays. He’s generally taken advantage of what’s usually a “slow news day” to either pitch or bitch about an issue in front of a friendly gaggle of reporters. There have, however, been some rare times the camera seeking Chucky has missed those free publicity love-ins.
One notable absence was following the worst disaster in the over century-long history of the Staten Island Ferry. On Wednesday, October 15, 2003 the Andrew J. Barberi crashed full-speed in a concrete pier at St. George ferry terminal, killing 11 and injuring 165. The crash was so horrific, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg felt compelled to issue a statement saying it was not a terrorist attack.
Facing multi-million dollar lawsuits the NYC Department of Transportation had the hard-hearted chutzpah to claim the clearly avoidable tragedy resulted from an Act of God. Not only was that pathetic argument debunked to the tune of well over $50 million, but 5 people were charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York with 11 counts of seaman’s manslaughter and making false statements.
In addition, an independent federal report found fault with upper management ruling, “the lion’s share of culpability in this case as resting with the high level management of the Ferry Service.” So, given this was just the kind high profile catastrophe Senator Schumer would normally use to bleat about dramatically expanding the fed’s role; where was Chuck? Why the uncharacteristic silence?
The answer is only an easy one if you know two things. 1) The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation was Iris Weinshall. 2) Iris Weinshall, was and to this day still is, Senator Charles Schumer’s wife. If this comes as a huge surprise it’s not the reader’s fault. The couple was very careful covering their tracks. In July of 2006 Iris, as a defendant in a related law suit, went so far as to have the hyphenated Shumer part of her Weinshall-Schumer name removed.
While others were disciplined, fired and/or served jail terms Ms. Wesinshall had the remarkable good fortune to serve in that position for another four years. She then took a job at the City University of New York, tasked with overseeing the planning, building and maintenance of physical structures. Unbelievable, unfunny irony anyone?
Not so long ago someone with a fine memory and their own sense of irony made a profound point. Wile Chuck visited a transportation hub (airport) and conjured up camera fueled crocodile tears over 11 folks being detained because of President Trump’s travel ban, he made no such public display of emotion over the 11 fellow New Yorkers killed and 165 injured on a ferry being badly mismanaged by his wife’s agency.
As those who saw loved ones lost or maimed remember the 14th anniversary of that deadly crash, don’t expect publicity hound Schumer to be joining them on this or any other Sunday.
Wow… I sure didn’t know about the connection of Upchuck’s wife, Iris Weinshall, to the 2003 Staten Island Ferry incident… DID YOU? In fact, this is THE FIRST I’m even hearing about it. Thanks once again to the lying jackals in the ENE-Media, who can ALWAYS be counted on to spike any story that puts their fellow Progressive Leftists in the Democrat Party in a bad light. It makes me wonder what we’ll find about their hero, NYC Mayor Bolshevik Bill DeBlasio, 14 years from now?
Schumer is the worst sewer rat of the bunch and this proves it… what a complete fraud. Many thanks to the author for breaking this story…
Interesting how those progressives seem to be made of teflon; oh wait, it’s really about who you know and what letter is after your name. Well, we shall just have to find a way of working this information into his next senatorial campaign. A little snooping around those hallowed halls @ CUNY before his next election couldn’t hurt either!
Oh, brother. I am calling my N.Y. Senator(s) and asking why….oh..no..that’s not going to work..?
Thanks to Jim for this factual piece that brings to light another side of a democratic phony!!!
Would be great to see if this piece of historic info grows legs and hits the front page of the Old Grey Lady that has recently touted “less fake news” from their employees from now on!!!!!