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Test of City's Snow Prep on Hold as Storm Fizzles

Friday, January 07, 2011

The snow storm forecast for the city fizzled out by midday Friday, taking with it the chance for Mayor Bloomberg to showcase the city's revamped response to weather emergencies.

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In Photos: Snowfall in the City

Friday, January 07, 2011

The city and surrounding areas, still reeling from the debilitating Dec. 26 blizzard, got relief when the storm that threatened Friday commutes packed far less punch. Take a look at images from the most recent storm and tweet us yours @wnyc.

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Third Term Strikes Again

Friday, January 07, 2011

It is looking as though the public had it right all along. Two terms and out makes good sense for New York City mayors. A year into his third term and Mike Bloomberg has been infected with the disease known as third-termism. It is a political ailment that gets the best of them, from Fiorello LaGuardia to Ed Koch. They stay in City Hall too long and suffer the consequences in the form of trouble, trouble, trouble.

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Airlines Offer Free Rebooking on Area Flights Ahead of Storm

Thursday, January 06, 2011

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With a second snow storm looming, several airlines are inviting passengers leaving from the Northeast region to rebook this weekend's travel at no charge.

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FDNY Boots EMS Chief After Storm Response Delays

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The city's fire department has replaced its Emergency Medical Service Command chief, after more than 1,000 emergency calls got backlogged in last week's snowstorm.

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Feds Open Criminal Probe Into City's Snow Removal Efforts

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that city sanitation workers conspired to slow down clean-up efforts after the snow storm.

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Snow Topples Gravestones -- and Sanitation Is Blamed

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The blizzard may be long over but the damage and bad PR keeps on coming. Ned Berke at Sheepshead Bites brings to our attention the matter of dozens of gravestones that were toppled in Brooklyn, after a snow-packed cemetery fence gave way. Locals say sanitation workers are to blame.

From his blog post:

...Department of Sanitation workers packed load after load of snow and ice against the fence of Washington Cemetery on Bay Parkway, between McDonald Avenue and 57th Street. The metal gates buckled under the weight, toppling approximately 30 gravestone over the weekend.

“[Sanitation workers] were continually dumping snow there for several days,” said Washington Cemetery (5400 Bay Parkway) employee Mike Ciamaga, who added that cemetery officials first noticed the broken gravestones on Sunday morning.  ”As of this morning they were still dumping there.”

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Conservatives Use Blizzard to Plow Ahead with Anti-Labor Agenda

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

You have to hand it to the right-wing: they stick to their principles — at least when it comes to the principle of detesting organized labor. The conservative War Against Work rarely misses an opportunity to blame unionized workers for something, regardless of the truth.

Following our recent blizzard in New York, the conservative messaging machine spewed so much hot air, I’m surprised it didn’t help melt the snow.

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Snow Job: The City Council Seeks Answers in Blizzard Fiasco

Monday, January 03, 2011

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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.

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Storm Clean-Up Will Slow Trash Pick-Up For a Week

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Yorkers will have to wait another week for normal garbage service to resume, but all neighborhoods will get at least one trash pick-up by Friday, the city's sanitation commissioner said today.

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The Tarnished Bloomberg Brand

Monday, January 03, 2011

I think peopls will be very angry for a very long time about the city's response...To say it's Bloomberg's Katrina is overstated, but it really chips into his image as someone who "keeps the trains running."

Celeste Katz, writer for the Daily Politics blog at the New York Daily News

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Stucknation: After the Blizzard, Let's Look at Our Weakened Foundations

Monday, January 03, 2011

Even as the giant snow piles melt into memory, the inadequate response to the blizzard of 2010 presages some of the great trials ahead for many Americans, their local town halls and their state capitals.

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City Trash Removal Resumes

Sunday, January 02, 2011

For the first time in a week, city sanitation department crews are out picking up garbage instead of plowing snow.

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Record Complaints to Public Advocate's Office after Blizzard

Friday, December 31, 2010

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Outer borough residents have been complaining for days they've been neglected by the city's snow plows. Now, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio says he has the data to back them up.

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Big Dig to Uncover Tennis Courts after Bubble Roof Collapses

Friday, December 31, 2010

Brooklyn tennis fans, get your racquets out of your closets. Your blizzard-induced hiatus from the sport is ending.

The tennis center at Prospect Park is expected to be open again for business on Sunday, January 2nd, after heavy snow and high winds from Sunday's blizzard collapsed both bubbles early last Monday.  

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Snow Melting, but Questions about City Response Remain

Friday, December 31, 2010

By weeks end, Mayor Bloomberg's five-borough reputation-rebuilding strategy was a well-oiled machine. But if the expletives written after his name in diesel dust on a lumbering MTA bus in Queens were any indication, some hard feelings may last until the spring thaw.

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Snow Makes for a Tough Week for the Chronically Ill

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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As the city continues dig out from the blizzard, people living with chronic illness are still struggling to get access to medical care.

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Mapping the Storm Clean-up

Thursday, December 30, 2010

We've been asking readers and listeners to let us know if their streets have been plowed. Here are maps from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday showing what readers have reported as unplowed and plowed streets. Has your street been plowed? Text PLOW to 30644 or leave a comment.

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Mapping the Storm Clean-up

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We've been asking readers and listeners to let us know if their streets have been plowed. Here's a map from folks who texted us the situation on their street as of Wednesday (white balloons represent unplowed streets). Let us know yours by texting PLOW to 30644.

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Post-Storm Service Updates

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Here is the latest transit information, as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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