NYC Sanitation Department Seeking Help To Plow And Haul Snow

Private Contractors Needed This Winter To Help Keep Outer Boroughs Clean

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Despite mid-summer temperatures, New York City’s Department of Sanitation apparently feels it’s never too early to start thinking about winter and snow, following last year’s blizzard debacle.

The department announced on Monday that it is seeking bids from private contractors to help plow and haul snow.

In a release, the city agency said that the contractors would help the DSNY with plowing and snow hauling from tertiary streets “as needed” when storms are forecast to bring 6 or more inches of snow.

The agency said it was also seeking competitive bids from tow truck companies to move abandoned cars from city streets during storms, which was a major obstacle it faced during the Christmas blizzard of 2010.

The department said that the contracts would be for certain areas in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said the department was “proactively looking for contractors with specialized equipment.”

The blizzard that hit New York City on Dec. 26 left some city streets unplowed for days, causing residents and vehicles to be snowed in. There were also allegations that some workers may have deliberately slowed down because of budget cuts.

At hearings held in the outer boroughs, where most of the problems came to light, residents made clear that the city’s response was too little and too late.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also faced criticism in light of his administration’s response to the storm.

Do you think this is a good idea? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • anysanman

    To all check your facts thay are as follows 1 Citty hall should have declared a state of emergency the streets looked like the day after tommrow with all of the abondoned cars in the way 2 the city time scandle came out during the storm the project was suposed to cost the city about 30 mill but under emporor bloomberg /goldsmith ti skyrocked to 780 million what a better way to hide it then under a pile of snow,(always follow the money )3 city purchasing bought smaller weaker chains as a way to save money 4 a few years back we had an ice storm the plows were not affective untill 2 inches or more is on the ground so they were modified which made them have more resistance you have aprox 5 tons or more in front of a plow so between the chains (less traction and the plow mores resistance more trucks got stuck.once you lose momentum the truck will get stuck both issues have been corrected besides it still only a garbage truck 6 the time of the storm was during shift change as per federal law the first day is 14 hrs 13 the next and the 12 evreyday after that .7the contractors and tow companys either couldnt get in or just didnt show and and when hauling did begin it cant be disposed of by throwing it in the rivers or in park land because of pollution issues so it must be melted and filtered this takes time plus the population is growing more cars less room and 8 THERE WAS NO SLOWDOWN so next time stay off the road leave ur car parked and let us do our job

    • anysanman

      and as far as people being hired the dep hires snow laborors every year for 10 to 15 $ not sure about that an hour ps sorry for mult post and any spelling or grammer errors lol

    • anysanman

      and reduced manpower due to retirement and attrition no one was fired or pinksliped

      • anysanman

        all are a matter fact and public record

  • Concern

    Cents for Charity

  • harriet

    Time to blame the victim, the reason why there were so many vechiles on the streets is because the city was slow to warn people to remove them and was slow to call a snow er, which meant too many people travelled when they shouldn’t have and got stuck and too many people got stuck because the streets weren’t properly paved. So now we have to look forward to goans going after our cars to make a quick buck rather then city employees who may actually care more about keeping the streets open. great.

  • D.C.

    They shouldn’t be spending more money to clean the streets – they should be prepared to clean them – especially considering that there are 7,899 of them – making them the largest sanitation company in the WORLD….

    New York needs to get it’s act together…

    • Strongest

      Know your facts…The Dept. is at it’s lowest level of manpower ever! And yes we are the largest because we occupy the largest city! Smarten Up, our Mayor & Deputy Mayor were in Bermuda & YOUR City…Not where they belong!

  • KPMc

    Let’s spend more money while sanitation workers work 4 hours a day and spend the rest of their shift sitting in their trucks or working out at the gym in their DSNY garage.

    And you wonder why so many people want to take away your pensions and make you pay for health benefits.

    Is that union really so powerful that they shut up the entire city when that obvious work slow down came to light?

    We were all set to make someone pay and it turned out to be one of the guys that runs EMS?

    Friggin’ Ridiculous!

    • harriet

      ya know what is “frigging ridiculous” your claim that the d of s workers only work 4 hour days, do you think the streets magically clean themselves?

      and as for the “obvious work slow down” turns out the truth, as admitted by bloomie was that the city started late and never got ahead of the plowing and the only person who ever said they heard of a ‘slow down’ was a lying councilman from Queens who claimed to have spoken to 6 management level employees who heard there was a slow down, and 3 of them were from DOT, an investigation was done and the only one with egg on their face was the councilman, Halloran, a tea bagger who is often on Fox, go figure

      • KPMc

        Which garage do YOU work out of?

        Keep believing the lies. That will fix the problems!

        I’ve lived in NYC my entire life. I have eyes, ears, friends and common sense.

        How is life when you go through it with blinders on?

  • Sharissa Reichert

    How about hiring some local people in desperate need of jobs to clear snow. 1 in 5 New Yorkers can’t afford to eat because the rent is too damn high.

    • KPMc

      AT LEAST 1-in-5 New Yorkers have no desire for a real job. They are content with living in a housing project, collecting welfare and food stamps while sometimes working an off-the-books, pay no taxes job.

      Unfortunately, I think the number is much higher than 20%

      • KPMc


        Oh… you mean like how the above poster that i was responding to also made stuff up?

        Read the posts and figure out their meaning and context before you make a comment?

      • harriet

        B.S. you are just making stuff up.

  • CT

    Took them a couple of beating from the snow last year to learn. Hopefully, it’s better with the plowing this year. Some potholes from last winter still around though.

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