Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NYC Lacks Snow Removal Plan

Almost 2 days after Blizzard, Most of New York City Still in Need of Snow Removal.

New Yorkers are criticising New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty for failing to have a swift plan to help remove the snow following the Blizzard of December 26-27, 2010. Here are two examples of what commuting was like in New York City in the aftermath of the post-Christmas Blizzard of 2010 :

Subway commuters crawl up the unsafe stairs of a subway station.

Photo credit : Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

A photographer for The New York Times documented an ambulance, which had become stuck in the snow on 98th Street near Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. East 98th Street definitely looks like it could have needed snow removal trucks to create safer driving conditions.

Photo credit : James Estrin/The New York Times

The Times reported added that critics of the snow removal are making charges that some neighborhoods are being favoured over others, whilst some of the unsafe conditions being created as a result of the slow snow removal could be a result of the mayor's draconian budget cuts.

On Monday, Peter F. Vallone Jr., a City Council member who represents Astoria, Queens, said his neighborhood was being treated poorly.

“The only plow I saw all day was the one that crashed into the corner near my house,” said Mr. Vallone, who added that the Council’s public safety committee, which he leads, would hold a hearing on the city’s handling of the storm.

“We need an explanation,” Mr. Vallone said. “Is it budget cuts? Is it a lack of planning? What caused this storm to be different from every other one we’ve lived through?”

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