A tale of two Newark mayors: Booker still tweeting while Quintana chides scofflaws

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on January 03, 2014

Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, left, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker have different styles of dealing with Newark's snow, but they are both out on the street. (Star-Ledger file photo)


NEWARK — Don't worry, Newark. Cory Booker is still shoveling snow.

The U.S. Senator, who made headlines as mayor of Newark for shoveling snow as he tweeted residents in need, is back in the city, helping Newarkers dig out from the snowstorm, according to his Twitter feed.

Booker has been shoveling and tweeting since about 10 a.m.

"Stopped to help a senior shovel out his car," Booker tweeted just after 1 p.m. "Turns out it was his neighbor's car who he was helping cause his neighbor was sick. #kindness"

When cautioned by a resident to put on a hat, Booker gave a little too much information:

Cory Booker         @CoryBooker

I sweat like crazy when shoveling. Really don't need'em but than 4 looking out RT @kchristine: cover your head, put gloves on. It’s so cold

But current Mayor Luis Quintana took a different approach. He's been out all morning as well, chasing reports of seniors with no heat and chiding residents who throw their snow back out on the street, a violation that incurs a $1,000 fine.

"I've been out here doing the job," Quintana said today.

He may not have the celebrity status Booker enjoys, though. Quintana said when he and a police escort lectured one resident on errant shoveling, the man gave a flippant response.

"He said, 'Call the police,'" Quintana recalled. Quintana's companion informed the man, "I am the police."

But the new mayor said the $1,000 fine may not be enough of a deterrent. He wants violators to appear in court and be forced to perform community service.

While on the phone, Quintana spotted another illegal shoveler.

"'Sir you can't be doing that on the street," he said. "You're going to get a summons."

He then asked the man to shovel out a nearby fire hydrant.

Quintana was also responding to reports of buildings with no heat. He said the layoff of inspectors in 2010 was still causing trouble for tenants.

"That created a problem where landlords really took advantage of tenants because they said 'These guys aren't around anymore.'" Quintana said.

Quintana said he planned to continue visiting trouble spots throughout the day.

"I'm not a tweeter. I'm out on the street," Quintana said.

When told Booker was shoveling and tweeting, he said, "Cory's tweeting? Tell him we have a parking lot that needs shoveling."

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