It’s one of Bridgeport’s legendary lines: “God put the snow there…let Him take it away.” Bridgeport’s penny-pinching Socialist Mayor Jasper McLevy, 1933-57, received credit for the declaration following a snow storm in 1938. Jasper was cheap. Voters loved his frugality. Except during storms.
McLevy never uttered those words, but what’s the sense of having a good line if you cannot attribute it to someone? The genesis of the expression comes from Pete Brewster who served as McLevy’s director of Public Works. Several months after the storm, Brewster was taking a friendly beating from city scribes over beers at Billy Prince’s bar on State Street downtown. Each sip of beer pried another needle. The piling on unnerved Brewster. “Let the Guy who put the snow there take it away,” Brewster snapped.
And so it was done. Down through the years the comment morphed into a McLevy classic shared by thousands of city residents.
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