NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBS 2) – The piles of snow left by the latest snowstorm have meant piles of money for those who help clear it all away.
CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport visited Westchester County, where private contractors are in the midst of a banner year.
The winter has brought seven storms, and counting, for Westchester, and that’s raised the meteorological misery for many.
“I’m just tired, and I want to get it over with,” New Rochelle resident Jay Fields said.
However, it’s been like hitting the lottery for plowing companies.
“Got white gold out here, making a little money,” Eric Stenroos, an independent snow remover, said.
Plowers told CBS 2 they’ve been working non-stop during the storms, making about $40-80 for each driveway – and sometimes more.
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“The money’s great,” Frank Giordano said. “It’s blood money, but it’s great.”
For some residents, thought, that money may soon be drying up.
“It’s getting high, it’s getting expensive,” New Rochelle resident Joe Barone said.
Barone said getting plowed out this winter has taken its toll on him financially.
“It’s way too much money,” he said. “You can’t buy food half the time, gotta cut out the coupons.”
Several snow removers told CBS 2 that it’s a familiar tale, as many paying customers seem to have hit their limit financially.
“Right now, with the economy, they don’t want to spend a lot of money on that,” Marco Farias said.
While the men operating the snow plows hope the snow keeps on coming, weather-weary residents say they can’t wait for spring to finally come to the Tri-State.