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New York - Snow, Ice And Anger In Wake Of Storm That Crippled Entire Metro Area

Published on: November 16, 2018 11:10 AM
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A google traffic map os last night shows the crippling trafic all over NYC tri-state area A google traffic map os last night shows the crippling trafic all over NYC tri-state area

New York - The snow and ice that literally brought the greater New York area to its knees yesterday may be no match for the heated anger that appears to be everywhere today as area residents demand explanations for the abysmal failures that left commuters stranded for hours on end.

Preparations for the snow, which was expected to be a one to three inch event in much of the area began in advance, with the New York City Department of Sanitation taking to Twitter on Wednesday announcing that they were prepared for the precipitation with salt spreaders “loaded and ready to go.”

Somehow, everything went horribly wrong yesterday just about everywhere.

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Forecasters began issuing warnings during the day that snowfall totals could be somewhat higher than expected and within hours the situation deteriorated rapidly and stories of people who spent hours stuck in their cars at a dead standstill piled up faster than abandoned vehicles on the side of the roadways, with many just choosing to walk to safety instead of trying to navigate roadways that were simply impassable.

Both the George Washington and the Bayonne Bridges were closed last night, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2ThKQah) and reports of commuter busses, city busses and school busses filled with children getting stuck in the snow seemed to be everywhere.

With frustration spilling over past the boiling point last night, the finger pointing began, with angry drivers taking to social media, demanding answers.

Bronx City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson shared her saga on Twitter at 9:04 PM, tweeting “I’m tired hungry, running out of gas and patience, I have to use the bathroom, I’m still stuck in traffic BUT I’m safe! Only God to thank for that because of the HORRIBLE response to today’s snowstorm! This is beyond ridiculous and completely UNACCEPTABLE! Just terrible!”

But Gibson got no sympathy from Twitter user Yaakov (Jack) Kaplan who replied, “Council members stood by as the @NYC_DOT has free reign to do whatever they wanted on city streets. Today we all paid the price of mismanagement.”

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson described the DSNY’s response to the weather as “unacceptable” on social media, saying he had seen downed trees at numerous events he had gone to.

The DSNY continued tweeting last night that its plows were out on the roadways, attempting to clear the mess but those words rang hollow for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer who tweeted “The City clearly didn’t properly prepare for tonight’s snowstorm – it’s a mess. My office will be following up with the Department of Sanitation to demand answers.”

Stringer was back on Twitter this morning.

“Just heard from a very angry constituent,” tweeted Stringer. “My mom told me that it took her and Carlos 8 hours to get home from Kennedy airport to Riverdale, Bronx.  They had 1 sandwich and shared it with the driver.  This is no way to run this town.”

The idea that the snow was unexpected rang hollow for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams who tweeted “The #firstsnow can NOT be a surprise for our city, November or not.  Somehow, a couple of inches of snow have crippled our streets like I’ve never seen. I have complaints from all over. You need to inspect what you expect or it’s all suspect. @NYCSanitation’s response must by inspected.”

One angry comment on Facebook called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign over yesterday’s failures, reported NBC News (http://bit.ly/2Tj4z9G).

“You are a disgrace to this city and a complete incompetent. The chaos that happened today is completely unacceptable. Clearly you were unprepared and for that you should lose your job.”

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tweeted about his 29 mile commute yesterday saying, “It took me 5 hours and 40 minutes to travel from Piscataway to Mendham. #snowmess”

Governor Phil Murphy’s 8:28 PM tweet last night saying that all state agencies were doing their best to clear roadways did little to soothe tensions.  Murphy was skewered by NJ 105 in an article whose headline read “Gov. Murphy’s Incompetence Left You Stranded in the Storm.”

The report (http://bit.ly/2TdSiDc) charged that Murphy knew on Monday about the storm and blasted him for speaking at a gathering of mayors in Atlantic City instead of meeting with emergency services saying, “While you were stuck on the roadways, at the bus terminal or on the train platform, he was ‘coming at ya’ on Facebook, smiling and blaming forecasters.”

Westchester fared no better, with News 12 reporter Tara Rosenblum posting a video of clogged roadways, with sirens and flashing lights at 7:38 PM tweeting, “In 15 years have not seen a traffic event this bad in Westchester…must have passed 30-40 cars stuck and spinning. Zero plows. Plz be safe out there.”

Even roadways in Monsey which are typically well served during bad weather were abysmal, with desperate calls on social media going out for people to come to two local weddings that were sparsely attended and for volunteers with four wheel drive vehicles to come to the Tomchei Shabbos to pack up boxes of food and deliver them to 465 families who depend on the organization to feed their families.

Hoping to finally clean up the mess this morning, the New York State Department of Transportation took to Twitter this morning, reminding residents that when heavy traffic occurs, snow plows and cars both come to a standstill.

“An important reminder for this morning’s commute,” read the tweet. “If you are stuck in traffic so are we! Stay off the roads if possible.”



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 Nov 16, 2018 at 11:20 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

all these paces hare more concerned with illegals than workers

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 Nov 16, 2018 at 11:48 AM Reb Yid Says:

"My office will be following up with the Department of Sanitation to demand answers.”
Have a stern word with them. That'll really help us.

"Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tweeted about his 29 mile commute yesterday saying, “It took me 5 hours and 40 minutes to travel from Piscataway to Mendham. #snowmess”
Oh, why, because some roads were close, it fouled your commute? Shoe's on the other foot now, boy. #bridgegate

“An important reminder for this morning’s commute,” read the tweet. “If you are stuck in traffic so are we! Stay off the roads if possible.”
Thanks, garbagemen. I thought your job was to keep the streets clear, not commiserate over their closure.

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 Nov 16, 2018 at 12:29 PM TheMaven Says:

I was in Manhattan yesterday and left at 2:15 from w. 57 st, between 6 and 7 ave.
It took an hour and a half to get through the Lincoln Tunnel. Then 45 minutes to get gas at the Alexander Hamilton rest area. The FOUR MORE hours to get to Lakewood. Total travel time, SIX hours!

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 Nov 17, 2018 at 02:21 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Chill, call the office and say you are not coming in. Take the kids out for a walk in the snow. They will remember the time you spend with the all their lives.

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 Nov 17, 2018 at 11:34 AM HertzlFontaine Says:

Why is it when the weathermen say they know what will happen to our planet 20 years from now we are told we must believe them. End of Debate! Yet these same weather predictors cannot figure out that a major storm is happening a few minutes into the future?

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 Nov 17, 2018 at 06:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
PaulinSaudi Says:

Chill, call the office and say you are not coming in. Take the kids out for a walk in the snow. They will remember the time you spend with the all their lives.

Brilliant, except these people have to get home first.

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