Outer Boroughs: You Abandoned Us, Mr. Mayor

Snow-Bound Residents: Bloomberg Only Cares About Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBS New York) — Streets throughout the city remained untouched by snow plows Wednesday, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his administration will concentrate more equipment on residential areas where the problems remain.

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“We will not rest until every street in this city is cleared,” Bloomberg said.

New York’s sanitation commissioner said most of the streets in the still-snowbound city will be plowed by 7 p.m., with every last one done by Thursday morning.

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Bloomberg said things were improving. Fifty city buses were still stuck in the snow Wednesday, down from 600 a day earlier. Some 1,200 extra laborers had been hired to shovel out crosswalks and bus stops.
Bloomberg said he couldn’t explain why this storm proved so tough, compared with others in the past that seemed just as severe.
“We had the same plan with the same equipment,” he said. “The question is, ‘Why didn’t it work this time?”’

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Three days out from the storm, the misery is getting old, especially in the outer boroughs where residents want a piece of the mayor.

“I’d like to tell him that all of his focus should not be on Manhattan. And although tourists do give us revenue from tax dollars, I’m a taxpayer here and I would prefer my street be done so my husband can go to work and I can go to work,” one woman stuck in traffic told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Though some streets in the most neglected areas of the outer boroughs, like Middle Village, Queens, were attended to on Wednesday, residents said that hardly gets the mayor off the hook.

“No, I don’t think so. I think he will be remembered with this,” one man said.

Over in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn some streets were cleared, but, again, the anger did not subside.

“How come Manhattan is clean and this one is not clean, if he feels for my neighborhood?” one woman asked. “I pay taxes, too.”

Bobby Corona told Guzman the plows started coming through his Throggs Neck neighborhood about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but when told the mayor said he cares about all parts of the city he wasn’t satisfied.

“I doubt that seriously. I think he’s only concerned about Manhattan,” Corona said.

On Oakland Street in the West Brighton section of Staten Island, streets were somewhat cleared after plows started coming through on Tuesday night, but, like with many of the other New Yorkers Guzman spoke to earlier, the anger remained.

“He said last night that everything was pretty good now because the theaters were open. Who cares about the theaters?” the man said.

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It’s not just pedestrians that are struggling, either. It’s scores of city buses, and even worse, emergency vehicles, that are stuck.

“Too many ambulances went down blocked streets, for example,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “What they should have done is stay at the corner of the main street and walk down – or struggle down,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

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Some local lawmakers are demanding hearings and a formal investigation into what went wrong when the snowball was dropped.

“People can’t get back and forth to work, and we need to understand what happened and why. This is just the beginning of a very challenging winter season, and if this is a sample of what we can expect from the administration when we have bad storms, then we have a serious problem and we need answers – and we need answers now,” said State Sen. Malcolm Smith.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg also said he’s “extremely dissatisfied” with how the city’s emergency response system performed during the post-Christmas blizzard. Ambulances got stuck in the snow trying to answer 911 calls, and more than 49,000 calls swamped 911 operators in one day. That’s the 6th busiest day in the system’s history.

“It seems these calls overwhelmed the system,” Bloomberg said.
The mayor said the city needs to focus on clearing unplowed streets after the storm, and “we’ll do the post-mortem afterwards.”

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  • bobby

    shame on department of sanitation.they are responsible for the loss of life during blizzard.My street 258 st floral park is still a mess.sanitation truck pass by with the plow up in air.

  • Mre

    Brooklyn is in bad shape,People are getting stuck on my block.Causing people to back out the street which is dangerous for people walking and the cars that car may run into

  • Mre

    WE need new leadership.The streets are still covered in snow.

  • JR

    My block, 152 Street, in Flushing, Queens has still not seen a snow plow. There is a 6′ mound of snow in the middle of the block!

  • Mary

    The plows didn’t come on my street in Marine Park until late last night. And when they did, I don’t think the plow was even moving anything because it was probably all frozen by then. My kid is sick and I can’t even take him to the doctor because I can’t get my car out and yesterday the bus that I needed to take wasn’t even running. This is a disgrace.

  • Brooklyn

    How about it NY. Are we gonna remember this Xmas come next election? Other major metropolitan areas have been known to remove mayors because of their ineffectiveness with dealing with snowstorms.

    Lets make this Mayor Bloomberg’s Waterloo.

  • Kathy

    hello.. one of the neighborhoods that has been forgotten are some side streets in Ridgewood, Queens… This is the border of brooklyn & queens… My block on Gates Ave has been dug out by neighbors mostly. Can you please get Jay Dow & Mobile2 in this neighborhood? It’s not right that some of our side streets are still unplowed..

  • Patrice

    Ok so I could hear the plows early this morning. They plowed my street too. What’s left?…ICE. I am left to wonder what my street would look like had this been 3 days ago. If I fall, I am suing.

    Cambria heights

  • Squigglyshoes PhD

    yo ashley you got some attitude B!!! Ima bout to shovel a path all the way to yo house and teach you some manners sun!!!! Get at me! epic Pwnz0rs

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  • Squigglyshoes PhD

    All you haters best be busting out yo’ shovels right quick…Cuz mah street be clean cuz I aint no lazy suckah!…I plow them streets with mah bare handz sun! Get at me ashley! Get at me!!!!!! Nuckah!

    • CHItownTIGGA

      im feelin my homey DR. SQUIGGLYSHOES ova here. y’all got hands, y’all got shovels. get to workin. my people were enslaved for way to long for me to worry about the city plowing my streets. i do it mahself. with mah nigga squigglyshoes

      • Squigglyshoes PhD

        Word up g! we make that snow our beyatch sun! holla atchya boi Tigga! These crackas gotta get working! We did our share…get working honky

  • mary

    There is a great diary (titled Snowpocalypse: Mike Bloomberg commits political suicide ) that talks about the consequences of this mess. People haven’t gotten heating oil, groceries, bus services, ambulances, and even Access A Ride provides a van like service for the elderly and disabled.

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