After badly botching last December’s blizzard response, the city sanitation commissioner promised his department is re-tooled and ready for the next one.
The Department of Sanitation is now registering emergency snow laborers who can be called upon to remove snow and ice citywide.
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 were forecast to bring 6 or more inches of snow.
New York City’s Office of Emergency Management issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory due to a forecasted snow storm that will cause dangerous travel conditions for the Friday morning rush hour.
A winter weather advisory was issued Thursday night through 8 a.m. Friday for northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.
The hearings made it crystal clear — the city’s response to the Dec. 26 blizzard was too little, too late, and key decisions were simply not made by city leaders on autopilot.
Members of the Bloomberg administration will finally be called on the carpet on Monday to publicly explain how they blew the blizzard response.
Queens Councilman Dan Halloran says workers were told they wouldn’t be written up or “tightly scrutinized” for missing routes and skipping streets.
Streets remain in the city’s outer boroughs that still haven’t been plowed three days after the tri-state was blasted with a weekend blizzard, and Mayor Bloomberg is admitting the city messed up.
On the day after the day after, New Yorkers were left wondering what happened. There are still many streets that haven’t seen a plow yet.
New York City sanitation workers are underway in the efforts to clean up what snow has already fallen in the area.