Alec Hamilton, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Alec Hamilton is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC newsroom. She produces Morning Edition and starts her work day very, very early.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City's Department of Transportation is facing "unprecedented" wear and tear on the streets from the brutal winter.
At a press conference in Maspeth, Queens, the mayor took a lesson in pothole repair from a DOT team, who watched and instructed as the mayor swept out and filled a small street crater. Residents watched from their doorways as the mayor pounded the patch flat before a media scrum.
De Blasio said this week broke the city's record for the most snow over the first two months of the year. That record spawned another: The city has so far filled in 113,131 potholes — the most potholes ever filled by this point in the year. The mayor said for fiscal year 2014 he allocated an extra $7.3 million to pay for the added resources.