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City Workers Face Penalty for Taking Snow Day

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A man plows his driveway on a snowy street on January 27, 2011 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A man plows his driveway on a snowy street on January 27, 2011 in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City workers who stayed home during last Thursday’s storm are facing penalties, even though Mayor Bloomberg asked non-essential workers to stay home.

WCBS 880 Reporter Rich Lamb with comments from Mayor Bloomberg.

PHOTOS: January 27th Snowstorm

It was the day the city was dumped with over a foot of snow, and early that morning Bloomberg told thousands of the city’s municipal employees to take a snow day. Now, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports those who followed the Mayor’s instructions could be docked a vacation day or comp time for doing so.

“At 4:30 or 5 o’clock in the morning the buses weren’t running and it looked like it would be impossible to get to work and we said ‘okay, you can’t get to work…we’re gonna close.’ Two hours later things were a lot better. The obligation is to come into work and if we can close them, we can open it,” said Bloomberg.

But the mayor added, “We’re not going to penalize anybody, if you could not get into work, all you have to do is sign a form.”

What do you think, is it fair to penalize workers after asking them to stay home? Comment below!

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