Monday, March 31, 2014
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
City officials paid tribute to outgoing Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty who left the department after more than five decades on Friday.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
After facing blistering criticism over their response to the December 2010 blizzard, the city's sanitation commissioner said on Wednesday that the department has beefed up its snow response ahead of this winter.
Monday, January 10, 2011
By Azi Paybarah
Here's the link to the live video feed of the City Council hearing into the city's botched snow removal efforts.
NYT reporter Javier Hernandez says"The hearing on Monday promises to be one of the most explosive political events of the year."
Among those expected to testify are Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith - who tweeted what a good job city workers were doing; Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, who has said he sees seen no evidence of an unofficial work slowdown.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn - an ally of Mayor Bloomberg - has already forwarded to his office the questions the City Council would like addressed during the hearing.
Quinn explained, "We sent this to the administration so that they don’t show up and say, ‘I’m sorry, we’ll get back to you.’ ”
The head of the Council's Investigation and Oversight Committee, Jumaane Williams, told me the question he'd like City officials to answer:
"What was making you say that these streets were plowed and everybody was telling you that it wasn't?"
Monday, January 03, 2011
Next Monday, the New York City Council will hold hearings into how the mayor's administration took nearly a week to clear city streets after a Christmas weekend snow storm.
"Did we just completely underestimate the storm and after that, when we realized how bad it is, what was the change up from the original plan" asked Jumaane Williams, chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. His committee, and three others, are holding hearings into the matter.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Mayor Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty are responding to allegations that city workers purposely bungled the snow removal in order to protest upcoming budget cuts.
The allegations were raised in a news article this morning quoting Councilman Dan Halloran, who said he spoke to three guilt-ridden sanitation workers.
At a press conference this morning, Bloomberg said "we're going to do an investigation."
"I don't think it took place but we're going to take place to make sure that it didn't," the mayor said of budget cut theory. "It would be an outrage if it took place, but I just don't know."
Later in the press conference, Bloomberg subtlety fueled the notion that something may have gone awry.
"The sanitation department had as many men this time as they did every other time," the mayor said.
When asked if anything had been done differently compared to prior snow removals, Bloomberg said, "We went into this with the same plan, the same training, if not better, the same resources, if not more. The results were very different. That's what we're going to take a look at."
Commissioner Doherty was more defensive, saying they will look into the matter but that he is skeptical of the charges.
"As of now, I can't confirm that and I've no reason to," said Doherty.