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City To Get Disaster Funds For December Blizzard

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Bystanders and emergency workers attempt to free an ambulance stuck on a side street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn December 29, 2010 in New York City.  Many side streets, especially those in the outer boroughs, are still unplowed in the wake of a massive snowstorm that crippled much of New York and left millions of holiday travelers stuck at airports and train stations around the eastern seaboard.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Bystanders and emergency workers attempt to free an ambulance stuck on a side street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn December 29, 2010 in New York City. Many side streets, especially those in the outer boroughs, are still unplowed in the wake of a massive snowstorm that crippled much of New York and left millions of holiday travelers stuck at airports and train stations around the eastern seaboard. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bloomberg says President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Staten Island for last year’s Christmas weekend blizzard, meaning the federal government will reimburse some costs for the snow cleanup.

Bloomberg said in a statement Friday that requests for disaster declarations for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx were denied. He said the boroughs were hard-hit and deserved the designation.

But the mayor welcomed the declaration for Staten Island, saying the federal money would bring relief to the city’s finances.

Residents critized Bloomberg and his Sanitation Department for their handling of the snow cleanup efforts after the blizzard. The mayor admitted the city’s performance was “unacceptable.”

The blizzard was followed by a series of snow storms. The city had 36 inches of snow this January.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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