Mayor: Roads May Be Plowed By Wednesday Night … Maybe

Bloomberg Urges Patience, But Many Say The System Broke

NEW YORK (CBS New York/AP) — On the day after the day after, New Yorkers were left wondering what happened. There are still many streets that haven’t seen a plow yet.

“I’m curious as to why none of this has been plowed yet,” one person told CBS 2’s Lou Young. “All the streets around here, very few have been plowed. One was half-plowed.”

“I think they get an F-minus,” said Arlene Buonintane of Queens Village. “I think they really screwed up because, you know, this is ridiculous. You still have ambulances that have to get out. You still have police and firefighters that have to get through and none of the side streets are plowed.”

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“This has never been like this. I think it’s because the Sanitation [Department] is short. I’m a retired sanitation worker and it has never been like this,” another resident said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed circumstance.

“We won’t get to everybody every time. We will make mistakes, but we have to continue plugging ahead. Yelling about it and complaining doesn’t help,” Bloomberg said. “I think you can expect another 24 hours before we will get to everyone and even then I’m not so sure.”

The mayor said 2,700 city plows manned by a reduced Department of Sanitation workforce were all at work Tuesday night, supplemented by other City departments. Young saw a privately contracted plow with a Parks Department worker riding shotgun.

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The City said it needs more private plows, front loaders and tow trucks. Ambulances have been getting stuck trying to do their work.

“Too many ambulances went down blocked streets, for example,” Bloomberg said. “What they should’ve done was stay at the corner of the main street and then walked down or struggled through the snow to get down, because once the ambulance got in it couldn’t get out.”

Young witnessed one ambulance doing precisely what the mayor wanted. It stopped on a main street so that EMTs could walk down snow-covered side street to assist someone. But in the process their ambulance blocked traffic, including a snow plow.

Outerborough Outrage

The stuck plow driver was clearly frustrated.

“It’s hard. We’re stuck in traffic because people don’t stay home,” he said. “People driving around, getting stuck in the middle of the street. We can’t get down the streets. It’s impossible.”

If you’re not buying this, neither are the folks at the NYC Council or in the borough presidents’ offices. Marty Markowitz was nearly apoplectic over the condition of his Brooklyn borough’s streets.

“We’ve had previous bad snowstorms and the Sanitation Department did an excellent job. Something didn’t happen this time,” Markowitz said.

Residents React to City’s Storm Response

The City Office of Emergency Management, which is normally empty, was activated around 4 p.m. on Sunday when the storm started to settle in. There’s even a stuck ambulance task force that’s been at it since Monday trying to make sense of the mess.

But angry NYC Council members said they think there’s more that needs to be looked into than stuck ambulances. Hearings have been scheduled for Jan. 10.

“I believe we can do better. We expect better. I know we can do better. We did better in February when we had a storm and that was much worse. And so I know this was a bad storm, but the reality is we’ve done it in the past and we should have done it in the last 48 hours but we failed,” said Councilwoman Leticia James, D-Queens.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm shook his head and came short of stamping his feet on two feet of unplowed snow on 75th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“The fact that there has been no plow in this neighborhood at all is a disaster,” Dromm said. “It’s hard to understand why the city was so unprepared for this storm because we knew for a long time that it was coming.”

“This is going on day three and usually what we see is a plow coming down the street on the day when the storm starts, then you see something coming the day after and basically the third day you expect it to be clear but that’s not what happened here,” he added.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola on outrage over NYC’s response to the blizzard

Some are putting the blame on Bloomberg. “He is not doing what he is supposed to do,” one woman said. “He’s not running the city, we’re wondering what is happening.”

“I think the Mayor must be living in another world if he thinks that the response to this has been satisfactory,” Dromm said.

However, Bloomberg said he understands the hardships the public has faced in the last few days.

“I’m angry too, if your street was plowed the response was adequate, if your street was not plowed the response was inadequate,” Bloomberg said. “We can not do everything all the time and we are doing the best we can.”

CBS 2’s Dave Carlin rode along with plow operators and sanitation supervisors on Tuesday night during their 12-hour shifts.

Residents on unplowed side streets seemed openly hostile.

Carlin asked the operator if he understands the criticism.

“I understand it. I heard it. Unfortunately, it was one of those storms that are one in a million. The sheer volume and the speed it came down and the winds did not help at all,” the operator said.

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  • Stu G

    Mayor Bloomberg u are a joke a cry baby joke. You only care about midtown, you have absolutely no concern for the common man the middle class, your administration failed failed miserably and you are to be held responsible. Shame on you for the way the outer boroughs are not being taken care of Highland Avenue in Jamaica Estates is a mess DO YOU CARE??? I DONT THINK SO

  • N

    This is insane! I live in a small section in Far Rock-away called Bays-water and not 1 plow has come by my street yet on Westbourne ave. It is now Tuesday night and the storm was 2 days ago! Schools have been canceled for 3 days already. It is impossible for any emergency vehicle to get down the block. People have been stranded by my house…this is unacceptable! Get a snow plow down my block a.s.a.p.!!!

    • Jason

      I called 311 and waited 40 minutes for someone to tell me that my street would not be plowed because it does not connect to a main street. I live in Maspeth, Queens. We have not seen a plow since it started snowing on Sunday. 58th ave between 58th place and 58th street.

    • joe eshmo

      The same there we are on E1 street we are not going any where
      My car can get out but the street is not plowed
      Do we pay taxes???
      If we pay taxes we get what we pay for.

    • jojo

      my street is not plowed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I pay taxes too!!!!
      I pay it is not funny!!!

      • Jullou

        Vote the leftist bums out. You are all getting stiffed in NY!!!

    • The Truth

      I know that area. Mother nature is gonna be your best plow. Sorry for ya. See Bloomberg all NY-ers need to throw a snowball. I mean iceball!

  • Nicky

    Although I knew the condition of the roads in NYC I dared to call 311 to report my street . It took me 41 minutes to get somebody and than They allowed me to report only one block of one street!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t want to know about the other hundreds?

    • Circledrawer26

      It is purely a travesty that such a big city should be under a snow siege. I live in Canarsie and my streets are completely covered. The plow “blew” through and simply pushed aside the snow, burying parked cars. The mayor’s response is unacceptable and he should be held accountable for the mishandling of this situation. Calling 311 was a waste of time. Not only was I on hold for 35 minutes, upon completion of my “complaint” I was told that the sanitation department was “monitoring” the situation. This was the same response that my friend received when she called last night to complain that her streets were not plowed, nor salted. This could only mean that the complaints are not registered. That leaves the question, “Is there ANY salt at all?” Watching the news tonight, there was a report about a woman who had to cancel her daughter’s chemo appointment. Then I just received a phone call from a friend whose sister is unable to take her daughter with a fever of 102 to the hospital because the streets have not been plowed. This is unacceptable for the taxpayers of NYC. Where has our money gone?

  • Ms. Dey

    I Reside in Queens Village. Since the snowfall on Sunday, no snow plows have been in the side streets. Cars and trucks are getting stuck. It id a big mess and it is a shame that with so many plows out there not one came to Queens Village. We are all paying Taxes.

  • marianna

    Brighton Beach has not been cleaned. people cannot walk the streets without falling becasue they have to climb mountains. terrible! what do i pay taxes for so that the mayor can cut man power needed to take care of one of the biggest cities in the world. Brooklyn is part of NYC too, we too deserve to have our streets cleaned. I guess becasue I dont live in mahattan i have to stay home and not go to work, miss medical appointments and dont have a medical emergency now wait till spring since the ambulence cant come down my unplowed street! cant even go to the grocery store so i have to starve too then.

  • Tota

    Mr. Mayor cancel the New Year’s Eve celebrations and CLEAN OUR STREETS!!!
    We leave on 184 street in Fresh Meadows.It is the third day today Dec. 28, and not a single truck plowed our street!!!

  • rose

    I live on 37th St. – 3rd Ave & 4th Ave in Sunset park Brooklyn
    My street is actually a bus route. When are we going to see a plow come down this street

  • David

    I live on Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenuie in Brooklyn; service roads are not passable, and lots of abandoned cars and buses. This is the grossest display of incompetence I have ever seen. Who told these bus drivers to abandon their vehicles? The person who made that decision should be fired. Who made the decision to keep the airports open on the 26th long after any sane person would have considered reasonable? That person should be fired. The city is investigating itself? Give me a break. Mayor Bloomberg wants to run the city like one of his businesses? Good…the buck stops with him so he should resign or be ousted. Mike, you’re out!

  • Jerry

    Please help Need to get my block plowed West 8th Street Between Ave.U & 86th Street Cant move, did not see a plow yet. HELP! HELP! Ask the Mayor what happened to brooklyn all he cares about is Manhattan.

  • Alison Moss

    Please send Pablo Guzman to the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Chruch Avenue, 34th and 35th Street all the way to Utica Avenue. No plow truck have been in this area. Please Come. Thank you.



  • Roni Baronowitz

    The nyc gov response (or non response) to this snowstorm is very much like the US gov response to hurricane Katrina. I feel like I live in a 3rd world country. and I’m sick of the mayor blaming the residents for the problem. He is responsible–he concentrated all efforts in Manhattan and left the rest of us to suffer. I couldn’t get to much needed DRs. appt feel a prisoner in my own home. and G-d forbid there’s any emergency in my neighborhood. The streets still haven’t been plowed in Park Slope. Garfield place, 1st St and the list goes on

    • Laura L.

      Is it possible that NYC Sanitation had a stand down? That would make sense why so many streets in the boroughs were not plowed.

  • Tony

    The way the snow removal was done after this storm , my question therfore is: Is John Lindsay our Mayor again?

  • Barbara Sweda

    I live in Maspeth Queens and my block, 60th Drive off of Fresh Pond Road has not seen a plow since Sunday night. Last night one sanitation truck did attempt to come down the block but was stuck for about 4 hours in the snow. I can see what the priority is and it is not the outer boroughs.



    • Don Juan

      I agree. If the Mayor can be impeached, then hearings ought to commence asap. This is NYC’s little version of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Octavio

    Red Hook Brooklyn has not been touched by a plow in 2 days! This is ridiculous!!! Buses can’t pass and forget trying to get anywhere! Thanks DSNY and Mayor Bloomberg. Great Job!

  • Darina

    we are at 72nd st. in Glendale and we haven’t seen any plow truck at all. Where are the thousands of taxpayers money go? Don’t we deserve better for everything that we do for the city?

    • The Truth

      They did my side in Forest Hills. 1:30 and 7 A.M. Not sure why they did not get to you. BTW there is a work slowdown going on.UNION BS and an idiot Mayor. Hes got too much money in his head.

  • Anthony

    I live on 40th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 12th Avenue in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn. After past storms the City did an outstanding job in the snow removal but had happened this time we have not seen a snow plow on this block since the snow stopped falling.

  • Harry


    • Silverfox

      He’s the Emperor of Manhattan! The otter Burroughs are the fools who feed his hunger for money.

  • V in College Point

    I live in College Point New York and as of today 12/28 in the evening there are streets that are not plowed. There are 5 buses stuck on 14th Rd. holding up any plowing that can be made in the eyes of Sanitation from 14th Rd and below 119 Street. It seems that if Sanitation would think of possibly going around them to the side streets then most streets would be plowed…….. I guess you need to have a Masters degree to figure this one out. This is a overall City mess up!


    BUH-WAHAHAHAHAHAH…..You guys expect everything back to normal overnight and it simply isn’t possible. It’s why I live in So Cal… snow here! sunny and 70. What are you in control of? NOTHING!! Relax and enjoy the view. It will all be melted by the weekend.

    • John

      Fool. Mind your own business.

    • Testicles

      We got snow y’all got mud. I’m good with the melty stuff. Enjoy your 70’s while hosing down your cars interior

  • Phyllis

    The storm ended here in Flushing queens at 10:30 yesterday morning. We have yet to see a plow! We know they are in the area because they’ve cruised by on Crocheron Avenue many, many times today. I took the day off, without pay, and cannot do it again tomorrow. If I have to pay a tow truck to get me out then I will have no choice but to send the bill to the Mayor’s office. The Governor thinks the Mayor is doing well and the Mayor’s office tells us that all the plows are out…must be in the bars! Damn good thing there is no upcoming election! This is what caused Lindsay the election!

  • michele new englander

    Seems like FDNY Medic is on to something.
    I have some more thoughts.

    I can’t wait to come into the city tomorrow and go out to the island. Considering it was only 20 inches of snow and the city knew it was coming why wasn’t it or most of its citizens prepared?

    What about the lame-duck governor issuing a state of emergency? Oh I forgot… He’s lame. I’ll stay in New England. We have a clue and can cope.

  • Bart

    Where’s Mr. Plow?
    Mr. Plow. That’s his name. His name again is Mr. Plow.

  • Jets Fan

    Anyone who voted for this jerk has no right to complain. You deserve even more you idiots, because you couldn’t tell he doesn’t care about anyone but filthy rich.

  • M. Taeler

    E 38 Street between Quintine Rd & Ave P Brooklyn has not been plowed.There is a stuck plow one block away on E 38 Street between Ave P and Flatlands Ave.It’s been there all afternoon. A plow coming down E37th Street got stuck and the crew along with neighbors dug it out.

  • michele new englander

    What no Sno Emergency? Who cares where people are going to park their cars. Make them pay to park in a commercial garage. There are plenty of them around. Start towing them to tow pounds. The city could use the money and people need to be taught a lesson. The city is a mess and it is disgraceful. Innocent lives are at risk.

  • Buster Roydz

    Whine, whine, whine, and whine from all the losers who allowed, and still allow things to be as they are.

    • Anon

      shut up

  • Frustrated

    Still no plows on 32nd St. Between
    Snyder & Tilden in Brooklyn or any
    Of the surrounding areas. I can’t
    Get my car out so a co-worker thought they
    Were being nice and coming to get
    Me, know we are both stuck. It seems
    Like no streets in Brooklyn have
    Been plowed. I feel like we have been
    Abandoned. Thanks Mr Mayor.

  • D. Menendez

    This is a video of what was my street for both Monday and today. They have yet come to clean the street and no one can drive and can barely walk. This is Ridgewood and the city has done nothing to clean the street. The only areas that don’t have the snow in he way is the area that the people, as a group were able to clean themselves.

  • EMC

    Bayside, Queens — not one plow has come by, unlike during past storms, when they’d come through the night. Good thing the kids are on vacation, otherwise Dictator Bloomy would look out his Manhattan window, see the clear street below and keep the schools open. Can’t even get through on 311 to log a complaint…. Great job, Mike!

  • Angry

    I don’t think he will resign. He just spends $100 millions to buy his last election. We will not be so lucky to see his resignation. He will continue destroying city.



    • UyeahU2

      Word of the day: Grammar.

  • bob c

    Mayor Arrogant should do everybody a favor and resign.

    • Frances

      he’s a joke except to himself—-whitestone and flushing is a fiasco still—ny is costing its people too too much—because the emergency system is a disaster also just from snow,let’s pray nothing more devastating happens—

  • Angry

    When Rudy was a mayor he handled 1996 snow storm perfect. In less then 24 hours streets were perfectly clean.

    • John

      I remember that storm. It was amazing. It was so bad the above ground trains were stopped cold, and the city had nowhere to pile up all of that snow so they plowed it into piles, put it on dump trucks, and dropped it into the East River. In other words, I agree with you. Even with that much snow Rudy got the job done!!!

  • Greg

    Mayor Mike is a total clown. He is out of toucjh with everyone in New York and basically bought this last election. Anyone could have handled this situtation better. God for bid something mayor happened here. This would not have happened under Rudy’s watch!!!!!!!!

  • Angry

    Bloomberg is a power hungry clown. He doesn’t care about people. He has no idea how to manage big city.

  • Stevart

    This is noting kids, wait until there’s a terrorist attack and Michael, the imperious creep, REALLY proves his worth as the bodies pile up.

  • David Flores

    looks like bloomies katrina hahahahahahahaha

  • LifeLongNYer

    This was a result of underestimating the strength of the storm, as well as trying to save a few bucks in the clean up. Previously, city agencies (Sanitation, NYPD, FDNY, etc) seemingly had carte blanche to devote manpower without regard to overtime expenditures. This time out (in Bloomberg’s words), the city managed to save a few bucks by utilizing DEP’s plows to supplement the sanitation’s equipment. He further went on about sanitation’s shift changes…12 hour shifts and then relief from the next shift as opposed to the majority of the workforce working collectively. Get used to the reduced services people…This will be the norm going forward as the city is crying broke.

    • Anon

      Rumor has it that the Sanitation Dept is staging a slow down because of Mayor Arrogant’s cuts.



  • The Good Samaritan

    his son i think is

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  • Jeanniegirl

    58th Place- two blocks from Sanitation in Woodside not plowed and there is a state run home for disabled adults in middle of block that Access a ride cant get to

  • Andrew

    Can we fire a NYC Mayor? This THIEF already STOLE an extra term. His condescending attitude in this time of need is the last straw. This guy thinks he can do as he danged well pleases. Seriously?! It is time for the people to show government who is boss!

    • Diane D

      Andrew, to answer your question: “Yes, it’s called impeachment!”

    • Gunny G



  • Mz. Fighter

    Brownsville, Brooklyn streets have not been plowed as of 1:00 p.m. It seems city officials are balancing the budget on the backs of New Yorkers and at the expense of our lives and property. They knew a storm was coming. 311 phones are clogged, the online system doesn’t allow a complaint to be submitted. An error is generated. THEY KNEW A STORM WAS COMING! This is one of the worst responses I have seen in my life. Despite that residents of blocks that have not been plowed should band together and dig out their own streets. When you can’t count on the city take matters into your own hands. You’ll be proud of yourselves if you do… then bill the city for the labor, $20 per hour for everyone over 18, with a SS#.

    P.S. wi

    • Mz. Fighter

      P.S. If private home owners and businesses have 4 hrs after the snow stops falling to clear their property of snow or else face fines, who will be penalized when city housing projects are not cleared? Great system…good job Mr. Mayor.

  • EK

    Time for the outer boroughs to secede. Mayor Bloomberg and Co. simply don’t care about us.

    • Anon

      Good idea. I doubt he would even notice.

  • life is good

    Bloomberg just said in his news conference that he is going to have the E.M.S. people trained to not get stuck in the snow. This arrogant little rich boy who calls himself ‘Mayor’ actually said that ambulance crews should have parked in ‘cleared areas’ and walked to where the patient was located. The problem is: the only cleared areas are Times Square and the Upper East Side. That doesn’t help emergency responders in the other four Boro’s … oops! Bloomy forgot about those. So typical of Bloomberg to never accept blame for his failures and to always point the finger at someone else. Let’s NEVER FORGET the $800 Million in city funds that Bloomberg is responsible for blowing on the scandalous “City Time” fiasco…

    • Sam

      Upper Eastside?? 81st Street was not plowed until TODAY!

    • John

      So true!

  • Angie

    Wouldn’t it be great if locals would boycott the Times Square celebration for New Years, just to spite the government for what they’re NOT doing!? Yes Mayor, I know Times Square and Manhattan in general is a big ol’ tourist trap. But you forgot one thing, you’re OUR mayor. How about taking care of us first and worry about the visitors later?

    • JK

      The Time Square celebrants are mostly tourists. He has probably been getting Times Square plowed the last 2 days instead of the outer boros.

  • Vin

    I thikn Mr. Liberal should come shovel all our cars out.

  • George C.

    This is the absoulte worst response the city has ever had in responding to a snow storm. The Mayor is giving bogus answers and reasons why the clean up is taking so long. The Mayor has failed in this clean up and should admit so. Cambria Heights has not seen a plow as of yet.

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