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Some Staten Islanders Say Mayor Still Hasn't Figured Out Snow Removal

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After what some called a subpar cleanup last time the snow fell, Mayor Bill de Blasio is under pressure to do it right in this storm. How's he doing? Well, one part of Staten Island says the mayor still hasn't figured it out. NY1's Josh Robin and Aaron Dickens filed reports.

Staten Island's Bard Avenue is once again a mess, a dangerous mess.

"It's a hospital street, and nobody has come to plow and you would think that ambulances have to go up the block here,” said one nearby resident.

Big problems along a critical thoroughfare is apparently news to Mayor Bill de Blasio. This even though he visited the Sanitation Department command center earlier in the day and over the weekend, heard complaints from Staten Islanders that their streets got the short end of the snowplow last storm.

On Monday, de blasio and his Sanitation commissioner apparently found out at a news conference that Bard Avenue was once again a problem.

"I would assume Bard Avenue is done. I don’t know exactly what’s going on over there,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

"We will definitely look immediately at the concerns you’re raising about Staten Island," the mayor said.

And they did.

Intent on avoiding a repeat of last month's slow snow cleanup, the Sanitation Commissioner talked on the phone asking about Bard Avenue while de Blasio spoke to reporters at the podium.

Results? Not so fast.

Thirteen miles away, the plows rumbled past vehicles whipped by the white stuff and then back down again. The steep hill complicated the cleanup.

A school bus was one casualty.

"This is a mess out here, it really is,” said the bus driver.

Some locals say the plows should have been out earlier. De Blasio says after last month's snafu, the city shook up snow removal plans, under direction from a top deputy. MTA buses now have chains and tow trucks are scattered in strategic spots.

The mayor says that New Yorkers can quicken the pace of snow cleanup by not driving.

No doubt after the wreck on Bard Avenue this week, there will be more lessons to learn and still plenty of time for everyone to perfect their snow removal game.

Snow fall is forecast two more times before next week.

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