Snow Removal Border War Between Queens, Nassau

So Why Is One Side Plowed And 50 Feet Away It's Not?

FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CBS 2) — One side of the street is a snowy mess, but the other is lean and clear. Why the difference?

That was the situation on Wednesday in Nassau County’s Floral Park and Little Neck, just across the street in Queens.

“Once you get to Peninsula Boulevard it is all clear. You can see the streets in Nassau County,” Queens homeowner Bina Zaiman told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “But in Queens we’re nothing, nothing.”

Residents said they’re in the midst of a border war. Queens roads remained blanketed in white, but 50 feet away Long Island roads showed asphalt. Slushing through communities that stagger the city and suburbs, it is easy to see who was losing.

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Queens day care worker Lorenzo Ingram said he had children who were counting on him, but “Right now I’m supposed to pick up five that can’t get here.”

“That’s Nassau County. They don’t have the same mayor we got. This is his second term and he done nothing.”

So McLogan, herself, put in an S.O.S. to the city. Less than an hour later plows came rolling up.

“We be working all day long, miss, since 6 o’clock this morning, working 12-15 hours a day,” plow driver Cefirino Gonzalez told McLogan.

“It’s funny. We have to get Channel 2 to come to get them to do their work. He just drove past with his plow up,” one resident said.

However, plows are down in the border villages of North Hempstead where Joann Gaddis drives a mean sander, spreading brine and then salt to clear local Nassau roads.

“We pre-treat the roads, and the minute the storm hits we sand and we salt and then plow when snow gets high enough,” Gaddis said.

The supervisor of North Hempstead said he’s willing to lend beleaguered Mayor Michael Bloomberg a hand.

“We’d love to work with the city to get the job done. We have reached out over time but haven’t quite gotten that call back. But we will keep on trying. Maybe his office will respond to us in the near future. Maybe this will light a fire,” Jon Kaiman said.

Neighboring Nassau villages and towns hope New York City is listening. In the meantime, the town of North Hempstead will begin plowing Little Neck, Queens on Thursday at 6 a.m.

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  • bucky0926

    Big man my husband and I pay higher than 8800 in NYC payroll taxes, not to mention our property taxes. Plus as I stated we can’t use your parks or pools. Plus you get better schools and plowed out during snow storms and we don’t.

  • bucky0926

    First off Jennifer McLogan should get herself a map. Floral Park in Nassau is not contiguous with Little Neck. It is contiguous with either Floral Park Queens or Bellerose. They should plow out Floral Park and Glen Oaks before they get to Little Neck.

    And secondly, I don’t pay Nassau taxes and can’t use your amenities as many are for Nassau residents only. However, I pay even higher taxes in NYC and you all can come here and use our few amenities anytime you want. Does anyone else see an inequity?

    • Big Man

      No way you pay higher taxes in NYC than in Nassau County. I pay $8,800 takes on a home worth $415,000. How about you?

  • hh

    still not plowed in Brooklyn 4 days after the storm. So who care? Clearly Bloomberg does not.

  • Jess

    Does Nassau have a different Mayor?

  • fmuldar

    Guys! Guys!—-The reason that Nassau County trucks won’t remove snow from a NYC st is a “Legal” & “Union” one—-if they damage a car or cause a injury—they can be sued by NYC for not being “Authorized” too do the snow removal–also—The NYC Sanitation Union would go “Bonkers” if that was allowed—mainly because of all the “Overtime” they would loose—-Retired NYPD

  • KraZyMiKe

    If there are no snowballs … there ain’t no “war”. Talk about misleading headlines.



  • Lou

    Hey Dante if a person was dying on the queens side of the border should the Nassau ambulance sitting across the street ignore that person too?! After all that person probably didn’t pay your Nassau tax. What a dolt!

    • DanTe

      Hey Lou, have you moved out of your mommy’s basement yet?

    • Queens Sux

      Lou…ur argument is so STUPID….Grow up u idiot. U cannot even compare those two situations…Nassau county taxes are much higher than in queens so shut ur mouth and get ur ass off the couch and u take care of your queens

      • DanTe

        to the so-called “Truth”: who do you think create those jobs in NYC? Not the slimes that breeds there.

      • The Truth

        You dont pay city taxes. Property size is much larger than ours and factor in Catholic School and you have a bargain. 5 G’s per kid in school so do the math. Nassau is a sudsidized County feeding off of NY. Thats why the Supreme Court ruled against the school fund distribution. I bet you work in NYC?

  • Doreen Helene Kelly

    U now what Kate, you gotta understand. Plowing snow is a very hard thing to do it aint easy. Why don’t u go out and do something like shovel some walks and see how easy is it. If u haven’t already. I did and its hard work shoveling. There have been budget cuts, and people layed off so there short. It’s not there fault. So I wish people would stop complanning and do something urselves.

  • DanTe

    What “war”? Lousy reporting. The Queens residents didn’t pay Nassau taxes. Why should Nassau service Queens. Stupidest story so far.

    • The Truth

      Because there are plenty of volunteer firemen in Nassau who got training from NYC. Nassau gets plenty from NYC through Albany! Do your homework first! See Schools and MTA.

      • DanTe

        Here’s a hint “Truth”: if you have to lie to make your point, you have NO point.

        I haven’t seen one volunteer firemen here that’s trained in NYC. They’re all drunken cowboys with their sirens in their cars.

        Why is it that the biggest Liars call themselves “Truth”; the Dumbest T ARDS call themselves “Genius”; the Laziest Slime call themselves “Honest Work”; or the one who have Never Helped Anyone call themselve “The Good Samaritan”? See the trend here?

  • Kate

    The day of the storm I was slip sliding down a Brooklyn street as I returned from Jersey and all I saw were Sanitation plows dring around with their plows upward – not doing a thing.

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