Mayor Defends Road Repair Cuts Amid Pothole Explosion

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Following record-breaking snowstorms, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg faced bumpy questions Wednesday about recent cuts to road repair workers.

The questions come as New Yorkers struggle with a sea of potholes that followed the storms.

Bloomberg defended the furloughing of the repair crews as a cost-saving measure, and suggested Albany hasn’t been coughing up needed cash.

Listen to Bloomberg’s explanation of the cuts

“Do we have enough resources? No. And the future is unless we can get some help from Albany in reducing some of the mandates, the future’s going to mean even more sacrifice,” Bloomberg said.

“This is just the beginning of the dialing back,” he added.

Let us know about potholes in your neighborhood

Bloomberg pointed out the turnaround time on filling a pothole has grown from an average two days to three and a half.

Bloomberg was also asked about the record-breaking $500,000 parking ticket blitz when alternate side parking rules resumed on Monday. Many felt unfairly ticketed since their cars were still snowed in.

“The law says you’ve got to move your car. You’ve got to move the car and if you don’t you get a ticket,” Bloomberg said. “I’m sorry but we have to be able to get in and clean the streets.”

What do you think of Bloomberg’s position? Are the cuts and potholes out of control or necessary? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • Compass Luxor

    Regarding potholes – and how will Mr. Mayor to address damaged wheels, damaged suspensions, damaged cars – all property of tax-paying citizens of New York? Do citizens of NY have to suffer due to city’s bureaucracy being unable to properly take care of the city with taxpayers’ money?
    As for a ticker blitz – if the law says we have to move, we will move. If the law says the city is going to clean and the city fails to deliver, why should citizens be punished? If the city is unable to deliver on its obligations, citizens should not be held liable for not being able to deliver on their end of the deal.

  • I've had enough

    get in and clean the streets? seriously? id love to see a street sweeper polishing the ice sheets on my block.

    and no. there is no excuse for the swiss cheese streets we’ve all been driving on these past few weeks.

  • C

    I cant stand Bloomberg but he is right. Dig out your car and move it

  • david the native

    Of course NYC doesn’t have money. In between all the tax breaks he gave developers and the three $150,000 a year chefs he has working at Gracie Mansion, why, it’s a wonder we can still pay for the free air.

  • James

    I agree with Johnny. The street where i live doesnt seem to have been cleaned. Whats the use of putting street cleaning in effect when Sanitation will not clean your streets. NYC should create a protest against Bloomy in hopes that he’ll get the message and that us New Yorkers are no joke.

  • Johnny

    Really, Mr. Bloomberg? The city made us move vehicles twice this week and no street sweeper or snow removal equipment arrived to perform any sort of cleaning. This is just a ploy to issue more tickets and waste everyones time.

  • Bob

    He does not want cars in NYC. The city need to get all those fines to make up for the lost days of fines. Bloomberg is a punk. He will never be President. Nobody off the East and West Coast can stand his whinning.


      He’ll just but his way into the White House, just like he allowed himself to be re elected for a third term.


        buy his way into not but… Typo my bad…..

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