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Investigation: There Was No DSNY Slowdown

A report by the Department of Investigation found no evidence that DSNY workers purposely tarried during their cleanup of Boxing Day Blizzard snowfall.

A report by the Department of Investigation found no evidence of a slowdown during the December blizzard that brought life in the outer-boroughs .

An unusually  after the initial 30-inch snowfall left some streets in the outer-boroughs impassible for days.

After a rumor had circulated among some city workers that the cleanup had been prolonged by Department of Sanitation workers on purpose, Council Member Dan Halloran, R-Bayside, went public with allegations that  workers came to him, professing that they were told to be  in their efforts.

The motivation, Halloran alleged, was the slated demotion of 100 DSNY supervisors—of which only 50 were ultimately demoted.

"Obviously, some of the information the sources told Halloran wasn’t what they told the DOI," said Halloran spokesman Steven Stites.

A DOI review of video footage from around the city found that approximately 30 of the city’s 265 plows were observed with blades in upright position, eight of them found to be because of “minimal” snowfall.

In Northeast Queens, many people reported seeing snowplows travel with their blades upwards, while roads remained covered and impassible to emergency vehicles. Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece was one of them.

"While we are happy that there was no wrong doing, it still doesn't take away from the fact that the Department of Sanitation did a terrible job,” said Iannece, who does believe the DOIs findings. 

“The report highlights some serious deficiencies, mismanagement, and employee misconduct, such as drinking on the job," said Halloran, referring to an incident in Brooklyn. "The fact that it doesn’t come to any definite conclusion that rises to the level of a concerted action is a reflection of the DOI’s imperfect data."

"As the report states, the DOI was unable to track employees and get the quality of testimony it would like to have," Halloran added.  

He also said that his constituents look to him to shed light on problems and he is "going to do that even when it makes the powers that be uncomfortable." 

Editor's Note: This report was updated with comments from Halloran and his spokesman at 4:40p.m., on June 3. Check back with Patch for further updates.

Mitch Schwadron June 04, 2011 at 05:12 PM
While DOI came to one conclusion, based on incomplete information, the residents came to another, as they sat forlornly in their homes unable to leave because a weather condition was not met with a concerted effort by the agency responsible for it's returning the city to it's people. If the powers that be had gotten their act together in a timely manner, impressed the importance of their responses, cleared the way for emergency vehicles, several people including my friend Mike, would still be alive. Even if DOI said it didn't happen, in my opinion I feel that their response and answers were more to avoid expensive lawsuits than to seek out the truth, they had to stand up and say "yes, we were at fault", but that wasn't going to happen.
Arthur J caputo June 05, 2011 at 10:29 AM
AS usual, trying to blame the workers for the poor judgement and incompetence of the republican Bloomberg administration . Always CUTTING. This time they cut the san itation workers, causing the winter clean up problems . Yea, incomplete information ,like voting for republicans that cause all the probl;ems of this country.Now they want to CUT firehouses . These people believe in cutting everything that concerns the very people that are ignorant enough to vote and support these people, that could care less about our country. But they wouldn't cut the subsidies to the fat cat oil companies with record ripoff profits.You can't do a proper job without the manpower,period.Now ,people will burn to death to prove it .
Mitch Schwadron June 06, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Arty, None of those oil companies are drilling in New York City, and they employ hundreds of thousands of people in NYS and around the world. The city workers and their supervisor's are at fault, because the administration was not driving the trucks, drinking on the job, sleeping in the trucks, riding around with the snow blades up, and running back and forth with salt spreaders not spreading salt. Just because DOI said it didn't happen, doesn't mean it was as they say. Just ask my friend Mike, no wait you can't, he died because the Ambulance and fire trucks couldn't get through his unplowed street. And my friend Mike was a staunch democrat to the end, and by then party affiliation didn't matter. They have always used outside contractors to do most of the snow removal, city agencies for the most part just plow and salt.
none July 09, 2011 at 08:05 AM
I'm wondering if this 'investigation' satisfied the families of those who died during that terrible time.
Bill Sweeney July 10, 2011 at 08:26 PM
I wonder if the investigation was funded by the Garbage Men Union Local 9998192? That seems reliable.
Bill Sweeney July 10, 2011 at 08:27 PM
If you think Bloomie or anyone in NYC is Republican, you're a joke. You, and people like you, are the cause of the downfall of America.

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