Winter Crushes Snow-Removal Budgets In NY, NJ

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) — After four storms in less than five weeks, city and state agencies from New York to New Jersey said they were out of money, Kathryn Brown reports.

New York City sets aside $38 million a year for snow removal, but the Bloomberg Administration admits they spent more than that digging out of the post-Christmas blizzard alone. They went into the red just five days into winter.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane on the New York City snow budget

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller on the New Jersey snow budget

For its part, the MTA reportedly spent around $30 million cleaning up after that storm, leaving little wiggle room to deal with the snow that followed.

Days after that first storm, Bloomberg tried to strike an optimistic tone. “In the grand scheme of thing there’s money in the budget and we’ve not used most of the monies over the last few years because the snow has been somewhat less. That doesn’t mean we have extra money.”

In New Jersey, state officials said they’ve also blown through their entire budget of $20 million, scrambling to borrow money internally to temporarily cover the rest of the season.

In the weather-blitzing weeks since the first budget-busting storm, and with the threat of yet another one now looming, all agencies are straining at the seams.

However, after harsh criticism against almost everyone for their handling of the first storm of the season, what no one can afford is to blow it again.

Regardless of how little money there is, city and state leaders said their policy is longstanding and non-negotiable: they will clean it up and find the money later.

  • Film at Eleven

    “NY’s Strongest Wasted Snow Removal Budget in NYC – on One Storm!”

    There! Fixed it for ya.

  • MR

    Waaa! Waaa! Unions wahhh! What no talk of how big business has dogged every last cent with their tax incentives? The rich get richer and the poor get poorer! Time for big business to cough up cash to assist in the recovery. Scream tax hikes, but taxes are necessary!

  • NKode

    I guess $38 million doesn’t go as far as it used too

  • nathan

    Blowing it is expensive!

  • the bandid

    if they had done things right during the storm we might still have some money left, but the union did they best to get every dollar in the budget, what a waste of tax payer dollars. King Mike should foot the rest from his millions, it is his fault

    • midi-man

      Yea the bandid you are correct. He ( the Mayor )should get the wasted money back but he is a lame duck when it comes to getting money back. from any agency

      All he knows is how to increase taxes and give more for services un rendered..

      Where is the 3 million MTA Money from when they went on strike he promised to get.

      I will be so glad when is is gone and we get a Mayor that cares about the working class again.

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