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New York, NY - Bloomberg Praises Commissioner Overseeing Botched Snow Cleanup

Published on: January 1, 2011 07:01 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2010 file photo, a man walks down the center of a snow-filled street in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The city has cleaned up from big storms before with ease, but this blizzard became unlike anything New Yorkers had seen in decades. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2010 file photo, a man walks down the center of a snow-filled street in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The city has cleaned up from big storms before with ease, but this blizzard became unlike anything New Yorkers had seen in decades. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg yesterday had his “Katrina” moment—hailing his Sanitation commissioner amid a torrent of criticism over the department’s bungling of the blizzard cleanup.

Bloomberg warmly praised Sanitation Department boss John Doherty—and promised him his job was safe—in a moment reminiscent of then-President George W. Bush’s infamous endorsement of FEMA chief Michael Brown in the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Bush said, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

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Doherty, who appeared on Bloomberg’s WOR-AM radio show, noted that he had been Sanitation commissioner for five years under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, followed by nine so far under Bloomberg.

“And I hope to do another three,” Doherty said, referring to the number of years left on Bloomberg’s current term.

Bloomberg quickly interjected: “You will do another three. That you don’t have to worry about.”

The mayor’s unflinching support for Doherty came after massive outcry over the city’s response to Sunday’s blizzard—which left many streets unplowed for days and wreaked havoc on emergency crews.

There have been allegations that some sanit workers engaged in a slowdown and even ignored some streets at the direction of their bosses, who are angry over upcoming budget cuts.

Doherty himself had only praise for the performance of his department’s workers.

“They did a great job. I’m very proud of them,” Doherty said on the mayor’s radio show.

Doherty even sent a memo to workers saying, “I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and endless hours of work during the recent blizzard.”

Bloomberg yesterday conceded that the snowstorm—and his administration’s handling of it—could affect his legacy and reputation as a manager.

The City Council is set to hold hearings on Jan. 10 on the blizzard response.

“OK, so now we’re going to take a reputational hit,” Bloomberg said. “Nobody’s perfect.”

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) called for “a formal investigation” of the allegations of a slowdown, saying he had also “heard it from sanitation workers that there was a concerted effort and were told not to move their trucks, to take their time” plowing city streets.

“We want e-mail trails, we want text-messaging, everything that was done prior to the snowstorm to find out exactly what happened,” Smith said.

A Department of Investigation spokesman said, “The DOI will look for any provable incidents of intentional acts.”


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 Jan 01, 2011 at 07:27 PM Anonymous Says:

I think that Doherty will be quietly forced out in the months ahead, to take the heat off Bloomberg. Some undercover deal will be made to buy out Doherty's remaining three years. I don't believe that he will remain in that position too much longer.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 07:32 PM bamba Says:

Bloomberg is still trying to make light of the issue. The sanitation dept. admitted that they left their plows up and didn't plow what they were supposed to. A disgrace!

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 07:39 PM Hasn't Anyone Noticed? Says:

I think it's common knowledge that all day Shabbos, no one has seen, not even 1 garbage truck doing any snow plowing,

If they were not plowing why were they not picking up Garbage that's been piled up for the past week.

The same question applies to this Sunday.

I am sure that everyone will notice that this Sunday the Plows are not plowing. At least MOST TRUCKS are not plowing 24/7 on Sunday.

If they are not plowing why are they not picking up the Garbage this Sunday and doing so around the clock 24 hours a day of Sunday.

There is not even one Gargbage truck in sight doing anything at all, all day Friday, All Day Sunday and this forthcoming Sunday.

We need an accounting of exactly how many sanitation workers were working, how many hours on Friday, Shabbos and Sunday and exactly what each one was doing because all Brooklyn observers can testify that we know for sure that non were plowing and non were picking up garbage.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 07:51 PM pookie Says:

there is a video on youtube titled ''new yorkers fed up with bloomberg", witch shows a real kiddush hashem throughout this mess. check it out, it will make you feel that much better about being a jew!

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 07:53 PM VeyIzMir Says:

Reply to #3  
Hasn't Anyone Noticed? Says:

I think it's common knowledge that all day Shabbos, no one has seen, not even 1 garbage truck doing any snow plowing,

If they were not plowing why were they not picking up Garbage that's been piled up for the past week.

The same question applies to this Sunday.

I am sure that everyone will notice that this Sunday the Plows are not plowing. At least MOST TRUCKS are not plowing 24/7 on Sunday.

If they are not plowing why are they not picking up the Garbage this Sunday and doing so around the clock 24 hours a day of Sunday.

There is not even one Gargbage truck in sight doing anything at all, all day Friday, All Day Sunday and this forthcoming Sunday.

We need an accounting of exactly how many sanitation workers were working, how many hours on Friday, Shabbos and Sunday and exactly what each one was doing because all Brooklyn observers can testify that we know for sure that non were plowing and non were picking up garbage.

This Shabbos was different. It was New Years Day. Most had off. I did notice that they were cleaning additional snow.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 08:04 PM yaakov doe Says:

We had 3 plows in a row going down our block today at least twice trying to plow snow in the street to melt. Very little was accomplished, other than earning overtime pay.

Where were they when we needed them Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday?

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 08:19 PM Sherree Says:

There is no excuse for being New Years Day! If they purposely did not do their job last week, they don't deserve to get off for the holiday. Please do not forget THEY caused at the very least 2 deaths.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 08:31 PM Really? Says:

A Department of Investigation spokesman said, “The DOI will look for any provable incidents of intentional acts.”
Just come over to my block or many other blocks and look at the snow that still lies there. Then examine the schedules of the trucks that "plowed" those blocks!

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 08:41 PM Your Address Please... Says:

Reply to #8  
Really? Says:

A Department of Investigation spokesman said, “The DOI will look for any provable incidents of intentional acts.”
Just come over to my block or many other blocks and look at the snow that still lies there. Then examine the schedules of the trucks that "plowed" those blocks!

How can anyone come to your block to look if you don't tell anyone the address.

Did you contact Hikind's office? Did you take pictures and Video?

Because of people like you, who just kvetch without documenting the evidence, this the reason the Sanitation Crooks get away with murder.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 10:41 PM Butterfly Says:

To #3 They finally sent some snow plows down on Coney Island Avenue during shabbos. I guess they want to earn a little extra $$

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

i just saw 2 men wearing DSNY uniforms with shovels, on avenue L and E 21 shoveling out the ramp. Has this city run out of ideas? I mean, good for them hardworking guys but cant they send a small plow or some other machine instead of 2 guys freezing away in the middle of the night with nothing more than a shovel?

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 11:00 PM curious Says:

I was livid this morning when I saw a block of a public school closed off to facilitate a perfect clean-up. My son's yeshiva was in session last week, services 800 children, and was not plowed once until late Wednesday.

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 Jan 01, 2011 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
curious Says:

I was livid this morning when I saw a block of a public school closed off to facilitate a perfect clean-up. My son's yeshiva was in session last week, services 800 children, and was not plowed once until late Wednesday.

Virtually all the schools in NYC were closed last week for winter break except for a few very frumm yeshivos and BYs.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 01:52 AM hmmmm Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Virtually all the schools in NYC were closed last week for winter break except for a few very frumm yeshivos and BYs.

This is a VERY FRUM web site. I would say 98 percent of the commenters here have children in schools there WERE OPEN this week. Your post is on the wrong forum.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 09:43 AM IpchaMistabre Says:

I've seen countless plow and sand trucks yesterday and today, when they were obviously not needed due to the warm weather. But did you realize how much these workers will earn for working on a holiday weekend? Triple pay! So it could very possible be that they intentionally put off the plowing so they could earn big money this weekend! What a scandal!

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 10:32 AM curious Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

Virtually all the schools in NYC were closed last week for winter break except for a few very frumm yeshivos and BYs.

The city was made keenly aware of the yeshivos which were open. They turned a blind eye and a deaf ear. Last Monday, yeshiva blocks deserved the same attention the public schools received this weekend. With the absence of vouchers, after all is said and done the city saves over 5,000,000 dollars on 800 kids attending yeshivos, That number doesn't even include building maintenance and other hidden costs of public education. I am simply asking for parity when it comes to safety concerns.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 11:13 AM Butterfly Says:

All the public schools were cleared of snow. I am near 3 of them.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 11:31 AM ALLAN Says:

It's all about the budget cuts/manpower cuts and a test of wills between the city the unions and the rank and file. Hold back doing your job, upset the citizens, have them scream at the Mayor and the other officials and then go back to work when there is overtime to be made and really stick it to all of us. The perfect storm!

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