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NYC lawmaker wants to keep snow sources secret

Monday, January 03, 2011 - 06:27 PM

City Councilman Dan Halloran, whose early comments to one media outlet, helped kick-start talk of a slowdown in snow removal efforts, is refusing to name names.

From Halloran:

In spite of pressure from many parties, I have kept confident the names of the five workers who approached me about the ‘slowdown’ in the days after the snowstorm.  My decision is one of principle.  The sources asked for confidence.  I agreed, and I am a man of my word.  Would anyone, especially in the media, ask questions about a reporter keeping a vulnerable source confidential?

“Only a small number of DSNY supervisors were behind the slowdown.  The vast majority of workers did their jobs, and they should be commended.  They are rightly outraged, but they should be mad at their colleagues who put personal grudges over their obligations to New Yorkers.  The proof is in the pudding.  The response to the storm was a disaster, and our neighborhoods are suffering.  The slowdown was likely only a part of the problem, but it happened.

“I have since been informed the two Department of Transportation supervisors who approached me are in contact with the city’s Department of Investigation, which is investigating the slowdown.  It’s my hope that the investigation will keep their names in confidence while getting to the bottom of this debacle that crippled our City.”

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