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Caught on Tape: Proof the NYC Blizzard Response Was Sabotaged?; Did NYC Unions Order Worker Slow-Down?

January 7, 2011

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Caught on Tape: Proof the NYC Blizzard Response Was Sabotaged?
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Caught on Tape: Proof the NYC Blizzard Response Was Sabotaged?

Criminal investigations have been launched to find out why workers from the New York City Sanitation Department were reportedly hanging out at Dunkin Donuts for 11 straight hours and some drinking beer for six or seven hours instead of working to clear the city‘s streets of snow that had fallen in last week’s massive snowstorm.

Though the Department of Sanitation has denied any organized effort to slow down the city’s snow clean-up efforts, new video that‘s surfaced seems to prove there were dirty tricks involved in workers’ efforts to clean the streets last week. The video obtained by a local CBS affiliate are now being closely examined by prosecutors as they seem to show two sanitation trucks driving down snow-covered streets in Queens with their plows raised:

In addition, CBS2 reports that a number of Department of Transportation workers were told to wait six to eight hours for orders from the Sanitation Department before deploying to plow secondary roads. This action left streets in the city’s outer boroughs impassable for days.

“After looking at what happened there’s going to be hell to pay for the people who caused this and everyone’s going to be held accountable,” says NYC Councilman Daniel Halloran.

Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hern says the city is working to get to the bottom of what happened and is urging city residents to contact the agency if they have any evidence of deliberate wrongdoing. All information will be kept strictly confidential, she says.

Did NYC Unions Order Worker Slow-Down During Winter Storm Emergency?

Frustrated New Yorkers have vented their complaints over the city’s response to the “Blizzard of 2010,” including a slow response time from snow plows and sanitation workers. Fingers are being pointed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg, including from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowtiz who complained that two days after the storm, a number of streets in Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs had not been plowed yet.

So who is to blame for the seemingly slow response to the “snowpocalypse”?

After the storm clouds parted, a rumor reportedly floated around the city that a number of sanitation workers were purposefully working slowly as a protest to city budget and staff cuts. Borough President Markowitz told Good Day New York that he had not heard the rumor, but noted that the department of sanitation had handled bigger snow storms in the past “with flying colors.”

“The truth of the matter here is that there is no question that something happened. Something happened between 1 and 6 am within the department of sanitation. They did not send out enough trucks. We have one of the finest commissioners, but I believe something happened. Put hundreds of tow trucks, thousands of able bodied men and women, get these people out and get these streets open. These streets have not been touched,” Markowitz said.

In addition, New York City Councilwoman and sanitation chairwoman Letitia James also told Good Day New York on Tuesday that the “deployment of snow plows was orchestrated in City Hall as opposed to the respective sanitation garages in each of the community boards… there was a change in the response,” she said.

January 03, 2011

NYC sanitation workers being investigated for boozing during blizzard

Rick Moran

While investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of the incendiary story that New York city sanitation workers deliberately dogged it during the blizzard in order to protest budget cuts, another story has emerged that puts those workers in an unflattering light.

A group of on-duty Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away.The city Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and idle plows on 18th Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

The four remained in the idling sedan until morning — then told their bosses they could do nothing about the blizzard because they had run out of gas, one witness said.

“They just sat in their car all night with the heat running,” the witness said.

“They were saying, ‘How can you do this? You should be outside!’ ” a witness told The Post.

But the Sanitation team was unmoved.

Union workers imbibed. People died. (and in case you haven’t seen the story yet regarding the death of an infant, we mean this literally)  

 

Apparently, some supervisors tried to keep warm during the blizzard by drinking some adult refreshments.

The New York Post:

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