New York City Must Prevent Another Poor Response to Future Blizzards

The present blizzard is a disaster, compounded by the fact that the City was so unprepared for this storm, although the administration knew for a long time that it was coming.

We are now going on day three, and the lack of action by the Department of Sanitation (DOS), raises grave concerns. We usually see plows on the streets the same day, but the DOS has painfully dropped the ball on this occasion.

We demand answers from City agencies regarding their glaring lack of preparedness for this blizzard, deeply concerned that more winter storms are ahead. The hardworking taxpayers of our great City cannot endure another recurrence of this nightmare of negligence, which ground our City to a halt, endangered the lives of many New Yorkers waiting for emergency response vehicles hindered by impassable street conditions, disrupted mail service, and deprived residents of vital income so necessary in these harsh economic times.

Additionally, more decisive steps should have been taken to keep drivers off the roadways and prevent so many abandoned vehicles from obstructing the City’s snowplows. We are appreciative of the efforts of the DSNY, FDNY, and NYPD for their efforts, but it is clear that they have not been given enough resources. The administration must be ready for the next big storm.

Residents in the outer boroughs again feel like the step-children of Manhattan waiting for available plows, and protest this obvious failure of government to provide basic services for everyone.

This is a tragedy, the recurrence of which we must avoid at all costs.

Albert Baldeo.


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