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Report: Staten Island Has Least Amount of Snow Removal Equipment of Any Borough

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Staten Islanders have longed complained that the borough's streets don't get the attention they need during winter storms, and several City Council members say they now know what may be causing the problem. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

As the reminders of our harsh winter melt away, some who live on Bard Avenue say they hope for better days ahead, days when their street isn't unplowed and dangerous, as it was far too often earlier in the season.

"The last couple of snowstorms, I guess the mayor kind of forgot us, and I watched people slipping and sliding and trucks all over the place, and I've totaled my car on a hill," said one resident.

Following one of the storms, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted the city could've done a better job, and now, a report shows what may be at issue.

The report shows that Staten Island has the least amount of snow removal equipment of any borough, even though it ranks third when it comes to land area to cover.

"People in my borough have always said, 'How come when I leave here for a commute from Staten Island, there's tons of snow, and I get to Manhattan and it's all clear and black top?' Well, this is why," said City Councilman Vincent Ignizio of Staten Island.

Ignizio was one of the borough's three City Council members who commissioned the report, which also showed that the borough has the least amount of plow blades and storage space for salt.

"I think it needs to be re-evaluated, definitely has to be re-evaluated," said another resident.

The Department of Sanitation is responsible for snow removal in the city, which means the number of trucks in each borough is based on the amount of trash there is to clean up. Since Staten Island has the least, it gets the least number of trucks, but some say when snow is in the forecast, that needs to change.

"We need to have a rotational situation whereby we move snow-fighting apparatus from South Brooklyn into Staten Island, and you fill in along the way from the other boroughs," Ignizio said.

A spokeswoman for de Blasio said, "Members of the administration met with the Staten Island City Council delegation regarding their report on snow removal and are evaluating their findings."

Meanwhile, residents have some advice for the mayor.

"Come here, look, see the cars piled up in areas where they should be clear," one resident said.

While you can't control the weather, residents say the city can better manage the cleanup.

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