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Blizzard Response Hampers City Garbage Collection

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NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) – For most New Yorkers, the beauty of the holidays is being overshadowed by the ugliness of growing mounds of garbage. For many, Christmas Eve was the last trash pick-up.

Merilu Granato, owner of Merilu Pizz Al Metro in Hell’s Kitchen said business has been tough in the two months that she has been open. The bags of garbage out in front of the store don’t help either.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports

“It seems like nobody wants to take responsibility and nobody want to listen to us. But you know, we are just tired — what is going on in the city for the last four years and it is getting worse and worse and worse,” Granato said.

Other residents are feeling the garbage hangover as well.

Danny Ortiz, who helps maintain an apartment building said he is beginning to wonder where to stash the trash.

“This is the stuff that hasn’t gone out, that’s why there’s no garbage out there,” Ortiz said showing CBS 2’s Randy Meier the pileup of garbage near the apartment.

The city maintains snow removal is still the top priority — garbage will have to wait. Mayor Bloomberg was clear about that earlier Thursday.

“Refuse and recycling collection is also suspended until further notice,” Bloomberg said.

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