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This image from a video obtained exclusively by CBS 2 shows two NYC Department of Sanitation trucks cruising down snow-covered 155th Street with their plows raised. (Photo: CBS 2)

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JACKSON HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Even though Friday’s storm wasn’t much to speak about in the five boroughs, the City’s aggressive response was a comfort to many still upset from the blizzard.

“I wanna say hooray. This is great. This is what I would’ve like to have seen happen during the blizzard,” Queens Councilman Daniel Drum said.

 LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

Drum said residents in his Jackson Heights district were comforted by the city’s aggressive response.

“Because they were worried. People were worried,” said Drum, who lost two constituents during the blizzard because responders weren’t able to get to their homes for emergency calls. “What if this happens to me? What if my relative has a heart attack?”

Drum, like many officials and residents, wants answers as to what went so wrong with the clean up. He may see signs come Monday.

A special committee will be holding hearings about what went so wrong with the cleanup and Queens Councilman Daniel Halloran will be on that committee.

“The guns are all trained on the mayor’s office and sanitation. Eyes are watching. You have investigators—both federal and state levels—looking at everything. Now would not have been the time to short drift the citizens of New York City,” Halloran said.

But as for Friday’s storm, Halloran was pleased.

“We’re getting an A on this storm cleanup,” he said. “As you can see we’re not getting any accumulation. It’s fantastic.”

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