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