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De Blasio on city's response to snow storm: 'We've got to do better'

November 16, 2018 - 5:07 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded at a press conference Friday that the city's response to Thursday's snow storm was less than stellar.

"It was a horrible experience for New Yorkers, the Democratic lawmaker said. "I’m upset that New Yorkers went through it." 

He added that the city "will do a full review of what happened here."

De Blasio said he, like many New Yorkers, experienced the woes of the storm.

"I was caught in it too," he said. "We all go through the same exact experience. I was in paralyzed traffic. I think this is not as simple as dropping the ball. I look at the track record of the sanitation department, they have done an amazing job ...We've got to do better. We've got to learn lessons."

He said had the city known about the snow accumulating earlier on, he would have told drivers, to "Stay off the roads, don't go to work, don't use your cars, leave room for the plows."

Having the storm slam the city at rush hour only exacerbated the storm's wrath, he said. 

"(Just after noon) yesterday was the first indication of 3 to 5 inches of snow," de Blasio said a Friday afternoon news conference. "Normally, 3 to 5 inches of snow would not have posed this kind of problem. It ended up coming at exactly the wrong time, basically concentrated as the rush hour was beginning. Heavy wet snow, heavier, faster than anyone expected, so there are a lot of reasons why things ended up the way they did."