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Probing the NYC snow removal

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Some information is already coming out about the city's response to the 2010 blizzard.

Among the questions City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she wants answered was why the city did not call a snow emergency.

In his opening remarks to the City Coucnil, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith provided an answer. He said he and others feared that calling a snow emergency would put more cars on the street.

Also, in his opening remarks, Goldsmith said half of the city's sanitation trucks do not have radios, slowing down the information flow between drivers in the field and management back at headquarters.

As one political operative noted, it's a striking digital divide, considering some people in government are walking around with iPads.