Test of City's Snow Prep on Hold as Storm Fizzles

Friday, January 07, 2011

The snow storm forecast for the city fizzled out by midday Friday, taking with it the chance for Mayor Bloomberg to showcase the city's revamped response to weather emergencies.

The few inches accumulation paled in comparison to the debilitating Dec. 26 blizzard that dumped 20 inches of snow on the city and snarled mass transit systems for days. By midday, one inch had fallen in the Bronx.

Bloomberg said "only a few places" on Friday had enough snow to require plows.

"It certainly is a chance to test out things," the Mayor said. "So yeah, I think you can learn some things."

The city rolled out new technology as the snow began to fall Friday, including live video feeds of street conditions and snow plows equipped with GPS systems to track their movements. The Mayor had said one of the main problems during the December blizzard was the lack of accurate information about recovery efforts. Streets were left unplowed for days and ambulances arrived late to emergency calls.

Bloomberg's poll numbers have melted away since the storm response, which not only drew the ire of city residents but also federal criminal probes. When asked his response to those who found he reacted arrogantly to the December snowstorm, Bloomberg said he was just doing his job.

"I haven't been out there shoveling with a shovel myself," Bloomberg said. "That's not my job. I don't have a Class C license so I can't drive a garbage truck."

News reports had shown Newark Mayor Cory Booker helping dig out residents from the snow storm. 

City Council Hearings on the 2010 Blizzard Aftermath

Staten Island
Tuesday, January 18th
7:30 p.m.
The Michael J. Petrides School
715 Ocean Terrace

Wednesday, January 19th
6 p.m.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

Thursday, January, 20th
6 p.m.
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, Room 8ABC

Friday, January 21st
12 p.m.
Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard Kew Gardens

Monday, January 24th
6 p.m.
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, CUNY
Savoy Building D
120 East 149th Street
(between Walton and Gerard Avenues, west of Grand Concourse)

Amy Pearl
Park Slope during the early hours of snowfall on Friday
Amy Pearl
A biker is undaunted by the snow in Park Slope on Friday, January 7
Amy Pearl
A snow plow travels up Union Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The city is expecting 2-4
Amy Pearl
A city bus picks up passengers on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn on Friday, January 7
Amy Pearl
A city sanitation truck fitted with chains


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Comments [3]

Bee from Warren, NJ

It is sad to hear that after the large mistake in not preparing correctly for the "blizzard" after Christmas, the city is now over reacting for a lighter snow fall! Chains on city buses! It just doesn't make sense, they're going to destroy the streets first (more money to spend to clean up NYC).

Jan. 07 2011 09:34 AM
geTaylor from Bklyn., NY

Can someone put up a poll on whether or not a GPS device should be attached to the Mayor for the remainder of his term so that we can have some accountability from his office?
Or are such electronic "chains" suitable only for the "little people"?

Jan. 07 2011 03:56 AM
Michael Meltzer

Rochester NY has the reputation of clearing 3 feet of snow from the streets within 48 hours, several times each winter.
The Mayor and his commissioners might pay that city a visit and see how it's done.

Jan. 06 2011 09:03 PM

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