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.