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The Call Blog: Mayor De Blasio Completes First Month, Faces Another Storm

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New mayor, same Sanitation Commissioner. New year, same Fire Commissioner. New storm, same OEM Commissioner. Mayor de Blasio's claim is that his agencies are just now finding better ways to communicate. With the same leadership in place, what does that say about the Bloomberg years?



Mayor de Blasio's second month in office is beginning the way his first did: with a winter storm. Today, the new mayor said a review of the plowing and salting efforts from the last major storm led to a new strategy, and "agencies are starting to find better ways to work together, better ways to communicate."

At today's news conference, the Mayor was joined by three commissioners from the Bloomberg administration. One month into office, de Blasio has yet to replace the Fire, Sanitation, and Office of Emergency Management commissioners. In addition, he's still looking for a leader for NYCHA and several other agencies.

One month into office, how is Mayor de Blasio doing? Do you question the length of time it's taking to name new commissioners? Are you seeing plows and salters in your neighborhood? How does this storm response compare to the first two significant storms of the year?

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Hi John

Mayor Diblasio is doing a great job, he wants to find the best comissoners for the job when he find the best one then he will appoint him or her to the post the Sanitation guys are doing a good job salting and plowing the streets Central park went at 97 street is plowed and salted and Columbus avenue is too. The landlords aren't plowing their walkways because when i came out my building this morning my home attendant had a hard time pushing me down the walkway to the ambulette that was waiting for me to take me to Mount Sinai Hospital we got there late, there should be more Sanitation police giving tickets to landlords that dont shovel their sidewalks they dont think about the elderly and people in wheelchairs. the air felt warm during this storm i'll be glad when summer comes

Herman
upper west side


My Mother often says “be careful what you say, an Angel might be overhead and say “Amen.” It was humorous watching Mayor Wilhelm deBlasio throw Commissioner Doherty under the plow after well deserved criticism of deBlasio's snowstorm preparation and response. Bill’s other choices in his first few weeks? He coerced City Council to choose Mellissa Mark-Veverito Council President who obviously doesn’t feel the need to declare all her income, feeling she is now part of the 1%. He sides with Elizabeth Forel, president of Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages citing congestion with car traffic, yet they are mainly in Central Park and part of our history. Does Mayor Bill go after Aqueduct or Belmont? He dares not, too much city revenue. And of course thanks to his efforts in getting Veverito selected President, we now have Finance Chairwoman Julissa Ferraras who last occupation was bag lady for corrupt Hiram Monserrate. That’s quite a start in defending the 99%. After 12 years of railing against Mayor Bloomberg’s dictatorial style, I have learned the adage “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.”

David
Brooklyn NY 11220



As the winter of 2013-14 continues, why are so many people complaing about the snow and cold? The reality is is that 1) We live in the Northeast, 2) In the Northeast, it gets cold and snows during winter, and 3) If people do not like the snow and the cold, then pack your bags and move to Arizona, California, Texas or Florida, where the weather is warmer with virtually no snow. Please stop the incessant complaining- winter is a beautiful season, as are spring, summer, and autumn.

John
Fresh Meadows, NY



John,

De Blasio did worse with the latest storm than the previous one on Staten Island. A plow came to Heberton Avenue at about 5PM yet plowed nothing. The plow was barely touching the ground. No sand was spread.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



Hi John,

I’m curious to know as to why these same commissioners in charge of the same agencies are still on the job in this new administration? We are being told that they are just learning to work well together at this stage of the game. I wish I knew just how may years these commissioners are working in the system in general. Why is it that the naming of new people to management in several other agencies are still not named? He had ample time to decided all of these appointments but he still has not moved into Gracie Mansion and also he seemed to have found time to appoint his wife to a position along with a staff to assist her. Is this legal to appoint people of his choosing including his wife and staff and also I have to mention at what price do these appointments cost us tax payers.

As far as the job this Mayor is doing so far he has made a few moves but none that effect me at the moment other than to take back money from the charter schools and insist on some of us tax payers to pay for pre-k. MY POINT IS THAT WHEN WE THE TAX PAYERS/AMERICAN CITIZENS COMPLAIN ABOUT ALL THE AMENITIES GIVEN OUT WHICH MANY OF US SEEM TO APPOSE VEHEMENTLY WE SEEM TO HAVE NO SAY = IF PEOPLE ARE IN NEED I AS EVERYONE ELSE WILL GO ALONG WITH IT BUT TO CONTINUE ON THIS ROAD WE GOING DOWN IT’S JUST LEADING TO NOWHERE = ONE MORE TIME=JUST WHERE ARE OUR JOBS THAT WERE PROMISED TO US?

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



I did not see any plows or salt spreaders in my neighborhood until 5:00 pm this evening. After the upper East side incident and now my neighborhood, I think he failed his first month with regard to the snow.

Norman
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn



I thought Josh Robin raised a good question at today's mayoral press conference -- i.e., are peoples' snow removal expectations sometimes unrealistic? The Mayor may not think so, but I do. You can't have a plow on every street at the same time -- well, actually you can, but you have to be willing to pay higher taxes to buy all those extra plows and hire extra employees.

Likewise, you can't plow a street that's clogged with cars. And if people don't want to get stuck at home because their streets aren't plowed, then maybe they need to consider moving to a place within walking distance of work, schools and shopping.

Ellie - Turtle Bay



Mayor DeBlasio has handled the cleaning up the snow way better than Bloomberg ever did. Did we forget that fiasco from a couple of years ago so quickly?

The difference in the removal of the snow on the Upper East Side under this administration is that they are NOT receiving preferential treatment as they has under the Bloomberg administration. I hope they are starting to understand "equality".

Richard
Upper West Side



Hi John;

The mayor is too busy getting a waiver for his wife What is her salary? I am not impressed with any of his appts. He is using the current commissioner's until he has to fufill a political favor. Maybe he has to wait for Charlene to make the picks, I forsee the city going down the tubes..

kate
midtown east



Hey John get home safe

The Mayor needs to get rid of the holdovers because they don't care, and are making him look bad. I wouldn't be surprised if they are still on bloomberg's payroll and putting a hex
on DeBlasio to fail!

Tony, Albany



I am a little suspicious of all the disappointed Staten Island callers. I'm a teacher at a school in Brooklyn, we have 10 teachers that drove in from Staten Island and had no problem getting in.

Chris from Brooklyn



At least this mayor of nyc was in nyc....instead of Bermuda. at a predicted snowstorm.

DMD in Wash Hgts



I don't think The sanitation department was ready for this storm I saw the first plow @5pm on my street I live in Great kills

Thank you
John



I live on 165 street, Jamaica, NY 11432. Blazio doing a bad job, I have never see this street getting plaued since mr. Blazio is mayor.

Thx
Kabir



You would think that the Sanitation Commissioner would have gotten the snow cleanup operation down pat by now after being on the job for over 12 years. Why is this a perennial issue? Where is his checklist?

Steve
Forest Hills



In my Rossville, SI home for 8 yrs NEVER had a private plow! NYC Strongest consistently plowed our area without issue! Today 3 different private plows were on our streets. Do they not have to meet criteria to rep. DSNY? These 3 trucks were nothing more then beat up old vehicles w/an attached plow. All 3 got stuck numerous times, spun out & came VERY close to smashing private autos. One even came down the block w/the plow raised. Guess he did not read the Plowing 101 book. Several of us notified 311 to no avail. Our streets still are not cleared. Does the Mayor realize the forgotten borough pays taxes & are entitled to the DSNY professionals? NYC deserves & requires additional sanitation workers 365 days a year!!!! Not some over paid private contractors w loud "muscle" trucks.

Dona



B3 buses!

I'm getting absolutely tired of waiting for these buses for over half an hour in the blustering cold in the evening time, especially when it rains or it snows in the Bensonhurst area, I'v worked in that area for over 4years I stand at the corner of 25th avenue and Benson avenue every day so I know exactly what I'm talking about the travelers and commuters suffer for transport in that area and the bus depot is just 2blocks away on believable.

Please someone do something.
K.



My question is, why does he have to replace them? Just because is a new administration? New mayor? That doesn't make sense. If the agencies have been doing good in the past years under the previous administration, so why not keep the people that really work?

Eg* So if that is the case, when replacing the commissioner of the department of education , he would be replacing also the bad teachers that doesn't want to work? That would be a good technique. But doesn't make sense either. I would suggest to replace the people in positions that have not succeed in their jobs. But not the ones that have been working and doing a great job, just because a new administration.

Alberto from Hamilton Heights.



I have seen the trucks "cleaning" the clean in Fresh Meadows. They plow the already cleaned streets, that is why the dont have time to clean side streets. They ALWAYS do that.

Teresa



Love bdb--he cancels alternate side ots parking when it makes sense and doesn't wait until you are ready moving your car to tell you! Don't like the pissing contest with Cuomo. As far as snow, even if HE is inexperienced, his (Bloomberg's) staff is NOT, so WHAT IS GOING ON???!!!!!

Shelzip



I have a bent fender on my car because of a plow and the genius didn't even stop to pay for the damage and now I have to pay 400 dollars to fix it. Thank you New York City!

George from Brooklyn



I know that I am repeating what others are saying but I will also say that, I am not a fan of Bloomberg but when he was in office my streets, one that leads to the entrance to the BQE and the other which crosses 48th Ave in Woodside/Sunnyside, was sloshy with wet snow as never in a long time. I saw some trucks finally around 12 PM.

Gloria



My name is Margie and I am from Great Kills in Staten Island. I can't believe how the South Shore of SI looks like a mess, but yet I work on Forest Ave. and a plow and salt truck passed at least every 10 minutes. I've noticed this in the past too. Last storm I had to call 311 the next day to have my street plowed. This mayor is a mess!!!



This is Georgette from Ridgewood Queens. I live on a main avenue where mta buses are routed and we still have no seen any plows down the block as of yet. There is now layers of snow atop ice. The roads are treacherous.



The problem is the people throwing the snow back in the street. As a Dsny employee I see it all the time. I plow a street and in 20 minutes I come back around and the street is covered again. The public needs to do their part too.

Paul



The failure of the Mayor to appoint a new Commissioner of Corrections sends the message correction officers , incarcerated people is not a priority nor the high recidivism rate.

allan
midwood



Hi John,

It always feels like it snows disproportionately in the "hood." I didn't think the snow storm was so bad until I got home to Washington Heights from work in the Village. Not blaming it on the Mayor...just saying!

-Yodalis
Washington Heights



I'm so happy it snowed. It made the opportunity to show the nice side of nature and just appreciating anything that comes. Thanks NY1 for being a platform. And I agree with Ahmed It's not that bad. Enjoy the winter cause when summer comes we will be crying for a break from the heat. Man up New York.

Joy



Are you kidding me? Mayor de Blasio must have the day off!

I followed plowing trucks in Midtown West Manhattan go at least two miles WITHOUT plowing--their plows were up in the air! The very streets they were going down needed it heavily.

~Evan, A Disgusted Taxpayer in Midtown West Manhattan



I live in Rego Park Queens

Comment: Mayor DeBlasio's inexperience is showing through the poor job he is doing with the snow storms. Not a fan of Mayor Bloomberg but he did handle the snow storms very well. If the schools and other needed to be closed they were closed, the streets were plowed without delays and excuses of weather forecast. Are you kidding me with some of these callers? There's no way Mayor DeBlasio is doing a great job. What the hell is going on here! Please tell him to wake up!!!

Nancy



I am looking out my window and watching a young lady dig her car out. She has thrown all the snow back into the street that the sanitation has plowed. Maybe people should be a little more considerate instead of blaming the sanitation dept. Those guys are out there doing the best they can to try to make it safe for the rest of us.

Ellen



Plow just drove by with the PLOW UP!!! What's the point?!?

Nicole
Grymes Hill



PEOPLE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES UNDER BLOOMBERG PEOPLE DIE DURING HIS HANDLING OF HIS BLIZZARD

PEDRO
BRONX



It doesn't matter if the mayor is doing a good job or not. This is nature. I've stopped whining about the weather years ago. When it's cold and messy like today is, you wish for spring or summer. The opposite when it is warm. Just take it day by day.

Mike from Morningside



Hi I'm a bus driver frank in Staten Island I think we have very dumb people in this city is everyone out of their mind. The last 2 storms happened during rush hour you couldn't drive you car never mind our plows. Plus your talking about Mother Nature so what did Bloomberg do to stop the water from wiping out all the house near the coast. He's doing a good job it's just people forgot our past where we has so much snow we use to dump it in the rivers

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