Some See Storm As Economic Opportunity

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — It’s been a long night for sanitation workers and emergency crews who have been out overnight in an attempt to clear out roads in blizzard conditions.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria reports from Long Island where it’s the day to shovel snow.

“It’s going very tough,” said Bernard Sullivan of the Department of Sanitation. “We had a difficult night,  stuff I haven’t seen since 1996.”

Over 2000 pieces of equipment from the Sanitation Department hit the streets Sunday night, working for more than 12 hours before shifts switched over and replacement crews came in.

“We kept them more than 12 hours cause some of our workers had trouble getting in,” Sullivan said. “We’re doing the transition to get everyone back out to continue the fight.”

Clean-up is set to continue all day long.

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“We did a good job keeping the main arteries open,” Sullivan said. “We’ve got the workers coming in as we speak.”

Sullivan did say the Sanitation Department is hiring private contractors for this storm. If you have proper equipment and are looking to work, call 311 to find out more information.

As CBS 2’s Lou Young discovered, there were plenty of people who saw this storm as an opportunity to earn some money – some even going to great lengths to do so.

Across Westchester, there were small armies of people, in need of work and taking advantage of the immense snowfall, offering shoveling services in exchange for cash.

Young met one man Sunday night who had driven to New Rochelle from Pennsylvania and stayed overnight in a hotel – just for the chance to get some snow-clearing work from the MTA.

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  1. El Trafico says:

    BLOOMBERG REALLY DID IT THIS TIME… ALMOST NONE OF THE STREETS IN THE BRONX ARE OR WERE CLEAN TODAY… WHY DO I PAY TAXES?

  2. Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle says:

    We need more mexicans to clear the snow! Open the border, Mr. President!

  3. Ellen says:

    Hello, it’s the northeast, and if we were all living like in Miami and this happen then we would have something to complain about.

  4. Big Larry the garbage man says:

    It’s freaking snow PEOPLE!!! it’s been here before and it will be here again. Go out, clear your sidewalks, help your neighbors and keep your vehicles at home. Stop acting like idiots.

  5. Sydelle Houston says:

    I can see why the plows can’t get down my street in Valley Stream, there are several cars stranded in the middle of the street!

  6. Paul Sue-Kam-Ling says:

    I don’t see no snow snowplough on my street in Brooklyn

    1. Big Larry the garbage man says:

      That’s because there’s no such thing as a snow snowplough.

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