DeBlasio: 'More could have been done' in snowstorm cleanup
January 22nd, 2014
02:51 PM ET
8 months ago

DeBlasio: 'More could have been done' in snowstorm cleanup

Updated 7:27 p.m. ET, 1/22/2014

New York (CNN) – New York Mayor Bill deBlasio dug out of his second snowstorm within two weeks of taking office on Wednesday and initially defended his administration's handling of the clean-up.

But later in the day, he acknowledged that after surveying the area and speaking with residents, earlier efforts to clear roads were insufficient and promised a continuing effort to get the job done.

With 11 inches of snow in Central Park and 6,300 miles of roads to clear, deBlasio said at a news conference in Brooklyn in the morning that anyone who felt their neighborhood was not plowed was mistaken.

While he admitted some streets might not have been cleared and promised to redouble efforts, he emphasized that "no one was treated differently and they need to be mindful it's not respectful to the workers out there plowing the streets."

DeBlasio then issued a statement later in the day acknowledging that the cleanup could have been done better.

"While the overall storm response across the city was well-executed, after inspecting the area and listening to concerns from residents earlier today, I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side," deBlasio said.

He ordered the Sanitation Department to "double-down" on cleanup efforts on the Upper East Side. As a result more crews and vehicles were put into action.

"Our crews will remain on the streets around the clock until the roadways are clear in every neighborhood, in every borough, across New York City," he said.

DeBlasio's initial comments were in response to a front page New York Post article accusing him of "bungling" the clean-up when snow began falling a few hours earlier than expected on Tuesday, causing car accidents and traffic across the city.

DeBlasio said he didn't expect two snowstorms back to back, but admitted New York City has a rich history of dealing with storms and this is what he signed up for when he ran for mayor.

"If you start in the morning with no snow and end the day with a foot on the ground there will be challenges," he added.

A CNN team traveling throughout Manhattan on Tuesday night over a period of five hours saw very few plows and spreaders as the snow piled up.

But deBlasio said based on everything he saw and heard, the clean-up was sufficient and if more needs to be done he would do it and he would not stop until it's over.

DeBlasio, a progressive Democrat, won an overwhelming victory in November, succeeding Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who served three terms.


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  1. just saying

    clueless socialist is off to a real good start huh?! surprised he didn't blame it on the rich people not paying enough taxes.

    January 22, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. IA

    It was the fault of the RWNJs....I swear! Really it was! There was a racist remark by the "right" and this is what happened.

    January 22, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    DeBlasio was responding to a front page article in the New York Post that accused the Mayor of "bungling" the clean-up of the snowstorm when the snow hit a few hours earlier than expected, causing car crashes and traffic across the city.
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    First of all, the New York Post is not considered to be a real newspaper, at least not by me. I doubt if the Post has ever posted a favorable article about a Democrat in years. Second of all, the storm did not hit a few hours earlier than expected. It hit almost exactly when forecasters said it would. It was a far more SEVERE storm than what was forecast, though.

    The snow began in the late morning hours yesterday, and lasted until well into the very early morning today. Consider what that means. The Post was on newstands everywhere well before dawn. It takes time to print and distribute the papers. In other words, they had included the article into the morning edition around the time the storm was ending. Blowiing snow has moved much of it off of cars and sidewalks,and back into the streets.

    January 22, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    just saying

    clueless socialist is off to a real good start huh?!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He's proving himself to be much more adept at handling nature-related issues better than his predecessor who insisted HIS street plowed before considering the needs of the citizens of NYC – and who NEVER requested those citizens be considerate of the guys trying to clean up the mess. Now put the bowl of sour grapes on the table and back away SLOWLEY!

    January 22, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    The New York Post must think a mayor should be able to stop snow storms in winter. I remember back in 1987, we had an ice storm in Tampa, and some felt our mayor should have prevented it.

    January 22, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. smith

    It didn`t take him long to screw something up. With this chump and the nutball gov. I feel bad for NY residents.

    January 22, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. just spraying

    Ever notice the gop never talks about themselves, its always look how bad the democrat is doing, yet he still eon big time idiot. When will you realize your on your way out for a reason, people see the only people you work for are the rich. The gop answer to everything is tax cuts for the rich, no matter the problem, it can be fixed by giving them more money, worked so well when George did it, why didn't we elect another Republican? You people are in serious need of help, your cutting your own throat, and living every minute of it.

    January 22, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. just spraying

    Complete morons, why won't you stupid Democrats learn, just give the rich what they want and your life will be do much better. If you were smart enough to give them more tax cuts, you could be rich too, you just don't get it, tax cuts for the rich is good for all the poor people.

    January 22, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Keep your head up Mayor, but get ready, you are going to be vilified for everything, just like President Obama was within 2 days of him taking the oath of office.

    January 22, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. yolanda

    NPR interviewed someone in Bedford-Stuy this afternoon who was complaining about the lack of snow removal there. He was rather indignant, and bothered that the new mayor seemed no different than the old one when it came to snow removal. And yes, he was a DeBlasio supporter. Mother Nature is an Independent.

    January 22, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    smith

    It didn`t take him long to screw something up. With this chump and the nutball gov. I feel bad for NY residents.
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    Say what you will. New Yorkers know that the article was published BEFORE the snow had even finished falling.

    January 22, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I was in the city the weekend of December 13th and I gotta tell you I do not know which mayor was in charge then but the Grand Central Parkway, in the vecinity of La Guardia airport was a mess!
    I don't think they salted, and they did not get around to shovelling until well after 9pm.
    My cousin told me that some areas get "faster service" than others.
    Downright dangerous Rudy.
    I do agree wholeheartedly with you on that rag the New York Post.

    January 22, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. chrissy

    I dont like the guy but this is just dumb! No ONE can control mother nature, least of all a MALE! Lol

    January 22, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "A CNN team traveling throughout Manhattan Tuesday night over a period of five hours saw very few plows and spreaders as the snow piled up."

    LOL. Even CNN doesn't seem to realize that anecdotes are not evidence. Next up: "CNN's team of reporters spent 5 days inside the House chambers men's room and witnessed no sign of any untoward sideways urinal glances, stream crossing or sword fights."

    January 22, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I was in the city the weekend of December 13th and I gotta tell you I do not know which mayor was in charge then but the Grand Central Parkway, in the vecinity of La Guardia airport was a mess!
    I don't think they salted, and they did not get around to shovelling until well after 9pm.
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    That would have been Mayor Bloomberg. They have a few hundred trucks to plow over 6000 miles of streets and highways. You cannot do it in 2-3 hours.

    January 22, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    " front page article in the New York Post "

    Oh. Well, that certainly explains a lot. Looking for an analogy to Bridgeghazi much, conservatives? I can see it already...tomorrow's NYP front page: "DeBlasio targeted wealthy conservative neighborhoods to be left without plowing."

    January 22, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ smith
    I comment on posts and stories that I read.

    January 22, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    It didn`t take him long to screw something up. With this chump and the nutball gov. I feel bad for NY residents.
    *************************
    Don't feel bad for people who subsidize the red states; feel bad for the hypocrites who scream about New York when they enjoy the fruits of our labor. Last time I checked, not too many mayors have had to deal with 2 major snow storms and killer cold in the first month of their first term, and the Post is nothing more than a Murdoch rag to begin with. Always remember that Newscorp was the company that tolerated phone-hacking in the UK and data stealing in the US, so their credibility is more than a little suspect.

    January 22, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    He should have just closed some lanes down and lied about it.... then the righties would be defending him (not).
    You folks crack me up. Christie and Bush leave cities underwater for weeks and you guys see nothing wrong with it...but if this guy don't have every snowflake off every mile of over 6000 roads within a couple of hours, then he is an inept, 'clueless socialist'.

    January 22, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    That would have been Mayor Bloomberg. They have a few hundred trucks to plow over 6000 miles of streets and highways. You cannot do it in 2-3 hours
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    Totally agree Rudy, it is a big city.
    I felt that seeing how the storm had been predicted, and it had started snowing very early that morning, they could've done a little better job of at least salting (?) a major highway like the Grand Central.
    But no doubt, I'll defend my city to the death.
    However driving on that slippery baby with my young cousin behind the wheel made it an experience to remember!

    January 22, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |