Bloomberg’s 1-Man Pothole Filling Machine Leaves A ‘Hole’ Lot Unanswered

Mayor Watches On Uneasily As New Initiative Fails To Get The Job Done

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the city’s road paving season Monday by unveiling a new pothole filling machine. The problem is the debut was a dud, leaving a hole in the road and a hole in the mayor’s initiative.

Al D’Amato used to be known as “Senator Pothole,” but it may take a while for Bloomberg to earn the title “Mayor Pothole.”

In fact, some might say he had a hole in his head Monday for unveiling a new state-of-the-art one-man pothole filling machine on a Flushing, Queens street that couldn’t fill the entire gap in the road, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Yes, it spit out tar and tried to rake it into the crevice, but try as it might — and it tried mightily — there was still a large strip that remained unfilled.

The mayor, who watched the demonstration with Department of Transportation head Janette Sadik-Khan, tried to put the best face on it.

“As you can see it’s hard to operate,” Bloomberg said.

Then, under questioning from reporters, came a whole lot of excuses.

“These technologies are just starting to be developed and our experience with them is just starting,” Bloomberg said. “This guy’s only had a short period of time learn how to fill a pothole.”

And here’s the best one, not as good as the dog ate my homework, but close.

“Normally this would be used in the middle of a big road,” Bloomberg said.

Is that because potholes don’t show up on the sides of roads?

Eventually, there was an admission about the machine, which allows one worker to do the job of five or six.

“What is clear is that a human being can do some things better sometimes than a machine,” Bloomberg said.

Officials bragged that this year they’ve been able to fill 34,000 potholes on the streets of Queens, where the new machine strutted its stuff. Given its problem Monday, maybe they should have said 33,999.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • msome

    Intersection of Jewel Ave and Grand Central Pkwy, I drive up that hill every day and my shocks and underbody take a beating, they just fixed it 2 years ago… Do A BETTER JOB! These people doing the repairs must not have had enough time to prepare for their jobs LOL

  • BrotherhoodofLocalShovelLeaners

    Why this machine when you can have five guys leaning on shovels watching one guy work?

  • teresa fasulo

    maybe if the mayor and his friend got out of the way they could of done a better job


    Just give the operator a shouvle and have him git off that conttraption and spread it around a bit then smooth it out with the machine. The exercise will lower his medical bills, thus the taxpayer who is paying these.

  • Bobby

    This reminds me of the “One man Mayor machine” and it fills all of the jobs with his machine friends…just goes on and on and on…

    • Bloomberg A. Jerk

      HAHA so well put!

  • Mark

    This reminds me of the all-in-one road building machine in the 1964 World’s Fair at the GM pavilion. In the model, there was a 1/4 mile long road building machine creating a new road out of the forest in Brazil. In the front of the machine, the trees were cut down, then then ground was ground up, then gravel laid down, then asphalt laid on top, then rollers pressed it flat. I’m sure it worked just as well as Bloomberg’s folly.

  • Mr. Edwards

    It’s really not the person , it’s the machine that’s most hard to operate. That alone is taxpayer money wasted.

    When Mayor Bloomberg’s term ends, let’s all remember that he was someone else’s puppet in other things.

  • The Realist

    Really? With “unveiling” stunts like this, the basic rule is to first test the machine WITHOUT any cameras around to make sure it actually works as intended. Once it tests out, then bring in the press.

  • Tyriq

    I guess the video is for the reading-impaired since they say exactly the same thing.

  • CT

    They better learn how to operate it well, there are many potholes to fill in NYC.

  • Ronny

    Can’t wait for these two idiots to be gone.

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