Residents Upset At City's Response As Streets Remain Covered in Snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


After waiting in vain for nearly two hours on the city's 311 help line, Louisa Ocean decided to hang up the phone and do it herself.

She went outside at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and started shoveling her residential street in Midwood in Brooklyn.

Five hours later, Ocean and her husband had successfully dug out her car, but they still had to clear a path from their street, which hadn't seen a single plow during or after the storm, to a main artery in her neighborhood.

"We have to do it ourselves. Nobody else is going to do it for us," said Ocean, who works at the Kings County Clerk's office.

Many city residents outside of Manhattan are fuming about the city's clean-up response after the storm and said snow plow crews still haven't finished clearing many streets.

"I'm really shocked at the city," said Rodney Riddick, a firefighter, who on Tuesday morning was returning home to Midwood from a 24-hour shift in Bedford Stuyvesant, where he said the streets were in even worse condition. "I'm disappointed. I always prided myself that I lived in a city that was really good on responses with emergencies."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said sanitation workers have been working around the clock and that the crews were slowed down by abandoned cars on the streets. He asked residents to be patient.

Not everyone was upset at the city's response.

"I don't blame the city for anything. The city can only do so much," said Lindell Sapp, another Midwood resident. With all the cars stuck in the snow and blocking the streets, Sapp sympathized with the crews and said it's difficult for them to do their job.

"It's going to get warmer anyway, and eventually the snow will melt and we'll complain about something else," he said.


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Comments [2]

Eddie O from lowly, lowly Queens

Lets face it if you dont live above the Lion King Theater or under the TKTS booth and god forbid live in a borough that is not Manhattan you just dont matter as much. The tourists though tend to arrive at two airports in Queens and God forbid had to visit family there because the way this storm was handled left everday shmucks like me jammed up never mind visitors and tourists that deserve better than I under this admin.

Dec. 29 2010 05:26 PM
Dee from Ditmas Park Brooklyn

Brooklyn residents pay local taxes just like Manhattan residents but we don't get anywhere near the same measure of municipal services. I want to be perfectly clear here. I am not placing this on our borough president. I am extremely angry with the mayor. Three days after the snow fall, Brooklyn streets are still impassable and the Q and B trains are still out of service.

These conditions place the most vulnerable amongst us in great peril. They impede commerce and make it next to impossible for the outer borough work force to get into Manhattan. It took me (3) three hours to get into work yesterday! For exempt workers like myself that is not such a big deal. I don't "punch" a clock. But for thousands and thousands of New Yorkers who work hard everyday to keep this city moving that type of delay reduces their family income.

It is not enough for the Mayor to apologize, not when emergency vehicles can't get to people. Not when firetrucks are stuck on impassable streets. Cut backs in municipal services and staff have impacted us as we can now plainly see. The quality of life in this city, particularly in the outer boroughs is declining. It is "wonderful" that 15 CPW can get $10,000 per square foot. But the people who live there do not represent the muscle that keeps this city alive.

I for one am sick and tired of a municipal government that pays so little respect to the everyday citizens that give their life's energy to keep this city afloat.

Dec. 29 2010 01:32 PM

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