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New York, NY - Blizzard of Bills to Force Accountability During Storms

Published on: February 9, 2011 05:31 PM
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New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg whipped up a new 15-point snow removal plan after the Dec. 26 blizzard debacle, but it’s not enough for the City Council.

Council leaders are crafting a package of bills to force Bloomberg - and future mayors - to work faster, explain their actions and ensure that every borough gets served.

The idea is “make sure that our system is spelled out and clarified for the public and that there’s no room for error,” said one person familiar with the proposed legislation.

Among bills in the works are ones that would:

 

Mandate a snow emergency when forecasters say a blizzard is on the way.

 

Require the city to open its emergency operations center long before the flakes start falling.

 

Force crews to meet strict deadlines on removing towers of snow that block crosswalks.

 

Require the city to publish lists of streets defined as primary, secondary or tertiary - a ranking system that determines which streets get plowed first.

 

Designate an official to be in charge of cleanup in each borough.

Other measures would force the city to improve its 911 emergency system and beef up its 311 information system during storms.

All are designed to correct mistakes made in the disastrous response to the Dec. 26 blizzard, which left cars and ambulances stuck in the snow for days.

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Council members say they’ve gained new insights from a series of blizzard hearings held in each borough.

One source said as many as 20 bills and resolutions have emerged from the hearings, though the final number may change before legislation is announced.


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 Feb 09, 2011 at 05:53 PM Anonymous Says:

It is both impractical and unfair for the residents of Brooklyn and Queens to expect the same level of snow clearing service as we get in Manhattan. First of all, its critical to the City's economy to clear the streets in the downtown and midtown areas which are the commerical hub of the nations' commerce. Second, we pay twice as much in real estate taxes here in Manhattan so deserve to get a higher level of service than the low cost of living areas such as BP, Willy and Kew Gardens.

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 Feb 09, 2011 at 06:16 PM A Says:

blah blah blah, this is known as cya time.

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 Feb 09, 2011 at 07:08 PM It * IS * Fair Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

It is both impractical and unfair for the residents of Brooklyn and Queens to expect the same level of snow clearing service as we get in Manhattan. First of all, its critical to the City's economy to clear the streets in the downtown and midtown areas which are the commerical hub of the nations' commerce. Second, we pay twice as much in real estate taxes here in Manhattan so deserve to get a higher level of service than the low cost of living areas such as BP, Willy and Kew Gardens.

#1 is wrong.

No one is saying that you should not clean up Manhattan critical financial district.

No one is saying that any part of Manhattan should get anything less than what it is getting now.

What Brooklyn wants is to get the same excellent service which Manhattan gets.

What is fair is that every taxpayer is treated equally.

It's unconstitutional to give services based on how much taxes you pay.

According to #1's logic the best education in public school system should got to the rich who pay the highest taxes and the low income areas of the city or the no income welfare recipients should not get their garbage picked up and should get no police protection and no schooling since they pay no taxes.

So if paying ZERO taxes is not reason to get ZERO government services, by that same line of reasoning, anyone who pays "less" taxes should not get less services.

Don't give Manhattan "less" than what they have now (if they need it) but you must give Brooklyn EQUALITY in service to Manhattan.

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 Feb 09, 2011 at 08:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It is both impractical and unfair for the residents of Brooklyn and Queens to expect the same level of snow clearing service as we get in Manhattan. First of all, its critical to the City's economy to clear the streets in the downtown and midtown areas which are the commerical hub of the nations' commerce. Second, we pay twice as much in real estate taxes here in Manhattan so deserve to get a higher level of service than the low cost of living areas such as BP, Willy and Kew Gardens.

I'm sorry but that notion is nonsense, in fact I find it rather offensive. The first priority should be to ensure that hospitals, nursing homes and health facilities are cleared of snow. Also, firefighters and ems workers need to be able to get to the fire/ patients with alacrity, in all boroughs. Poster #3 makes a number of good points. Your reward for paying more taxes is to live in such a "distinguished borough."

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 Feb 10, 2011 at 02:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It is both impractical and unfair for the residents of Brooklyn and Queens to expect the same level of snow clearing service as we get in Manhattan. First of all, its critical to the City's economy to clear the streets in the downtown and midtown areas which are the commerical hub of the nations' commerce. Second, we pay twice as much in real estate taxes here in Manhattan so deserve to get a higher level of service than the low cost of living areas such as BP, Willy and Kew Gardens.

With that kind of reasoning, I now understand clearly why Times Square was a higher priority the week before New Year's than hospitals, health care facilities, or schools in the outer boroughs. It's absolute nonesense!

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