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Jon Belmont

City looks into snowstorm response after chaos on streets

November 17, 2018 - 11:45 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Does the Sanitation Department’s commissioner have too much to do?

That’s reportedly one of the big questions at City Hall as leaders look into the problems from Thursday’s snowstorm.

Several City Council members have called for a five-agency oversight hearing to look into the city’s preparedness and response.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says they need to see if Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia should really be in charge of the citywide toxic lead initiative in addition to her usual duties with trash and snow removal.

Garcia, meanwhile, has defended the city’s storm response.

And Mayor Bill de Blasio is feeling the heat.

“I’m sure there’s some things we could do better,” he said Friday.

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The mayor says the timing of the snowfall and late forecasts updating snow totals compounded problems.

“Some of this was beyond the control of any city agency,” he said.

But the mayor says there will be a full audit of everything that happened with the city agencies.

Thursday’s storm led to chaos on roads across the five boroughs as the inches piled up. Some people reported being stuck in traffic for nine hours or more as they headed home.