The relentless snow this winter caused the New York City Department of Sanitation to go over budget by $75 million.
People have found themselves fed up with the hassle of plowing, shoveling and salting. In fact, people have been pushed to the edge to the point where they have been taking out their frustrations on plow drivers.
The students are earning $8.25 an hour for their work shoveling out the schools.
The piles of snow left by the latest snowstorm have meant piles of money for those who help clear it all away. In Westchester County, private contractors are in the midst of a banner year.
After the fifth largest snowstorm in New Jersey over the past 100 years dumped nearly three feet of snow across the Garden State, Gov. Chris Christie is hoping the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to provide some relief.
Bloomberg called the slow response to clearing snow from city streets “unacceptable.” He said he doesn’t believe the Sanitation Department dragged out the plowing process, but will launch an investigation.
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.
A woman in Queens wants a personal apology, saying the city’s flawed response is to blame for her mother’s death during Sunday’s blizzard.
Snow mounds left by plows have created a sort of slalom course for cars on the roads, and on the sidewalks, pedestrians don’t have it much easier.