Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended city efforts to clear snow amid a
swell of frustration by some snowbound residents, wondering why their
streets are still clogged days after a massive holiday blizzard. “We
did not do as good a job as we wanted to do or the city has come to
expect,” Bloomberg said Wednesday. “I can not tell you for sure why it
was a lot worse this time than other times.” “People are mad and they have every right to be mad,” said Quinn.
“Almost every storm in memory the city has been much better” in its
cleanup efforts. Head of New York’s sanitation workers’ union blamed both harsh winds and city-wide budget cuts as reasons for the slow response. Nespoli said “it was one of the biggest blizzards I’ve ever seen,” with
wind conditions that severely reduced drivers’ visibility and hampered
cleanup efforts.

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