Staten Island Chuck made prediction this morning even as he was pelted by freezing rain during the latest in a seemingly never-ending series of winter storms.Bloomberg's irony meter clearly isn't well calibrated. As the region and a good chunk of the nation reels from blizzards and ice storms, he now boldly predicts good days ahead. Well, for him anyway. He can just jet off to Bermuda to keep his tan up. Fortunately, our hero managed to avoid any calamitous injuries this year.
"Spring is coming," cried Mayor Bloomberg as he held the wet woodchuck aloft.
His wooden home encased in a sheet of ice, Chuck bounded outside and seemed unfazed by the crowd of photographers and fans.
Bloomberg was not injured during the ceremony in Staten Island - unlike two years ago when his finger was chomped by Chuck.We can rest easy. Now the fearless Bloomberg can get back to the hard work, like measuring everyone's salt intake.
Wearing black leather gloves, Bloomberg held the woodchuck at a safe distance as the animal squirmed in his grasp.