Taking advantage of a brief “warm” spell, an army of sanitation workers spent all day Wednesday trying to clear city streets of ice and snow. But many residents were wondering why they had not seen trucks and plows sooner.
The city suspended alternate side parking again Tuesday for snow removal. But some drivers said they still had to maneuver around mounds of snow and ice.
Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey said the township did not lose all of its equipment, so the help will just pick up some of the slack.
The study analyzed more than 10 years of snowstorms, but does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said there will be a review of the city’s storm procedures to see if anything can be done better the next time around.
The Department of Sanitation has called in its emergency snow laborers to help remove snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants, and step streets throughout the city.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said last year the town budgeted $2 million for snow removal, but spent more than $2.4 million. This winter, they’re setting aside $2.8 million.
he state Transportation Department spent $138 million on state highways, “which is about the total of what we spent the past three years combined,” New Jersey Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Schapiro said.
In New Hyde Park, shoveled sidewalks have been quickly covered with snow and ice after plows pass by. Meantime, residents in Elmont are demanding that businesses be held accountable for failing to shovel their sidewalks.
Brookhaven, Smithtown and Babylon have met or exceeded their snow removal budgets. Hempstead is about 60 percent through its snow removal funds.
The mayor of Atlanta slammed New York City’s snow removal efforts this week, after a New Yorker mocked the response in Atlanta to a snowstorm that amounted to 3 inches.
Sixteen new trucks along with a new computerized communications system should prevent the kind of snow plowing disaster that occurred last winter, Highways Superintendent Dan Losquadro said.
Service had been suspended since Saturday afternoon in and around Boston because the blizzard dumped a couple feet of snow in the area.
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says a disaster declaration by President Barack Obama will help Connecticut’s cities and towns fill holes in their budgets left by record-setting snowfall this winter.