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On Snow Response, Mayor de Blasio Earns High Praise

Friday, January 03, 2014

It was his first week on the job and his first big test. How well did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio handle the snow storm? Overall, the reviews are fairly positive. 

"I would give him a solid 'A,'" said Islam Abusalek, a cabbie who was filling up at a gas station in Woodside. "He did a good job. Normally we would see them clean the city, but this time it looks like they cleaned the city and other boroughs also. And highways are really, really clean." 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer also gave the mayor an "A", but noted the lack of heat and hot water in some buildings. Others, including a AAA tow truck driver in Queens, said some side streets remained snow-covered late on Friday afternoon. 

(Officially, the Department of Sanitation said that as of noon Friday, 100 percent of primary roads had been plowed and 97 percent of secondary and tertiary.)

But despite the temptation, it is tough to compare this storm to the one three years ago when Mayor Bloomberg was severely taken to task. The snowfall was a lot lighter this time around: just 6 inches in Central Park, compared to more than 20 inches in 2010.

Which may be why much of the buzz focused instead on what De Blasio was wearing as he shoveled his walk, or whether Dante lobbied his dad for a snow day. But as outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg might tell him, the next storm could be a whole lot worse.

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Comments [5]

Mercedes from Manhattan

Mayor DeBlasio is delusional about the response to the snow storm in Manhattan. Traffic was at a standstill in Midtown all day long and trying to pass thru the Upper Eastside was impossible.
You would think the City would have had traffic personnel helping to clear intersections, but no...the more important job for them was issuing tickets for expired meters.

Jan. 22 2014 11:13 AM
Reuven from Washington Heights

Today is the true test of Mayor de Blasio's leadership and snow removal policy! Will he and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg follow their predecessors' old strategy of suspending alternate-side-of-the street parking, with snow on streets getting packed or slush turning into ice, with pedestrians slipping and falling at crosswalks, and cars getting plowed in and shoveled out repeatedly until the snow gets washed away, sometimes weeks later. Or will they be innovative (progressive?) -- follow the DOT guidelines (see below), plow snow to the curb, and hire un/under-employed people with shovels to clear crosswalks (improving their financial and physical health -- this has been done in NYC in the past)? Now we know. Sadly, business as usual.

Emergency Suspensions... After a snowfall, alternate side parking regulations will be restored so that plows can begin removing snow and ice from curbside lanes. Plowing helps to clear parking lanes and catch basins, which reduces the chance of melting snow flooding streets, and also helps return street cleaning operations back to normal.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml

Jan. 06 2014 09:06 AM
RC@JC

Coverage of the recent storm inspired this:

Acts of Gods in Snowmageddon

Zeus blew into town again
Leaving a mighty mess
Athena none too happy
Gave him major 'tude
Poseidon swam clear of it
Though keeping close to Coney
Apollo and Artemis missed WNYC's mixer
But Dionysus still partied with Hades in NoHo
While fair Hermes put news on the wire
That de Blasio had shoveled out Brooklyn
And was fast asleep with Hypnos and Aleve

Jan. 05 2014 12:49 PM
VK from New York

The snow had stopped before my trip to work however around 9AM Madison Ave/43 was not ploughed, 6pm 5th Ave/43-48 was not ploughed and 6:30 49th St between 5th and 8th was not ploughed. The cars were moving slowly and had packed down the snow. Sidewalks were very clean, but however are cleaned by the businesses. Was this intentional to ignore these parts of Manhattan?

Jan. 04 2014 09:47 AM
VK from New York

The snow had stopped before my trip to work however around 9AM Madison Ave/43 was not ploughed, 6pm 5th Ave/43-48 was not ploughed and 6:30 49th St between 5th and 8th was not ploughed. The cars were moving slowly and had packed down the snow. Sidewalks were very clean, but however are cleaned by the businesses. Was this intentional to ignore these parts of Manhattan?

Jan. 04 2014 09:46 AM

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