Dirtbags! Slow Snow Clean Up Sanitation Department Conspiracy “Snitches” Say

The NY Post reports today that the lack of swift snow clean up in Brooklyn Heights and the rest of NYC’s “outer boroughs” was due to a work slow down staged by “Sanitation Department bosses” to protest budget cuts in the division.

The “plot” was uncovered by NYC Council member Dan Halloran of Queens:

NY Post: The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”

New York’s Strongest used a variety of tactics to drag out the plowing process — and pad overtime checks — which included keeping plows slightly higher than the roadways and skipping over streets along their routes, the sources said.

The snow-removal snitches said they were told to keep their plows off most streets and to wait for orders before attacking the accumulating piles of snow.

They said crews normally would have been more aggressive in com bating a fierce, fast-moving bliz zard like the one that barreled in on Sunday and blew out the next morning.

In a time of 10 percent unemployment with many willing and able people ready to step up and take these sanitation jobs from the goons who left the city in shambles for days, this “maneuver”  is nothing short of an outrage.   Their actions have already had  fatal consequences.

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  • DrewB

    I heard a similar story from someone in the know. Unbeliveable.

    Those scumbags have at least one death on their heads. Their little political stunt left a mother stranded for 9 hours during and after her birth. She was forced to give birth at home, without any trained assistance, she had complications and the baby died. They called 911 for help repeatedly over a 9 hour period. When the paramedics finally got there the baby had died.

  • T.K. Small

    If this is true, that is definitely a criminal act and deserves prosecution.

  • Tim N.

    Not buying it. First of all, take the Post with a grain of salt (no pun intended). Second, check out http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/12/30/2010-12-30_city_doomed_by_deputy_mayor__his_flaky_ideas.html

  • PJL

    News isn’t much more reputable… in any event, the News article references a work slow-down too….

    A real disgrace if it’s true….

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, the Post story relies heavily on unnamed sources, which casts some doubt on it. Most news outlets suggest that a slowdown is one of several possible causes. The Times has a good roundup today:


  • nabeguy

    If there is any truth to these rumors, my own experience lends me to believe that it was all at a supervisory level, and not among the rank-and-file. When a plow got stuck in the middle of Middagh Street on Monday night, the driver was livid at his superiors for sending him down a street which, in his opinion, they knew was blocked by a limousine, as Hicks Street had already been plowed and the situation was evident.

  • abe katz

    google”impeach mike”to sign the petition!!!!

    click on ”the petition site ”

  • http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/25268 Parris

    I saw this type of slow down from my window, I saw two
    sanitation trucks come down a UN plowed street with their plows up
    off the ground. I wonder why. These two trucks had a hard time
    getting down the block because of the snow, finally they pass; and
    a few minute later a police care came down the same block and got
    stuck in the snow, the police got out and shelved, and a couple of
    pass byers tried to help them push their car, but it was really
    stuck, the finally a truck came by and pulled the car out. This was
    just ridiculous; it could have been so easily avoided if the
    sanitation people would have done their job.

  • nabeguy

    Impeach Bloomberg? In favor of who? A deputy mayor in charge of snow clean-up who goes to Washington during a blizzard? No thanks, I’ll stick with the devil I know.

  • T.K. Small

    Next in line is Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio.

  • travy

    blame the unions? the post? no, i just can’t believe that!

  • Homer Fink

    Good point TK, DeBlasio is a press release machine EXCEPT during this storm and the aftermath.

  • Jen Conway

    As someone who slipped Tuesday night on an unplowed street (Pierrepont) and blew out her knee, causing me to have to call an ambulance and go to the ER, I am livid. This could’ve possibly been prevented. That being said, anyone know a good personal injury attorney as I’m looking to see if I have a suit against the borough?

  • PJL
  • Ian

    Just slipped and fell on a patch of ice. These things happen, but I fell and landed on my arm which I just broke a week ago. I rebroke the partially healed fracture.

    Thanks sanitation. I really appreciate it.

  • mis-post

    where to begin…lets see,30inches of snow falls in a 16 hour span..highways and main roads took all of sunday and monday to clear due to high winds re piling the snow on those main roads,people out driving around (don’t know why)getting stuck and abandoning their cars on every block and exit and entrance ramp which really hampered progress,third day got to secondary streets where regular snowplows (equipped with cheaper chains than past years)were getting stuck also,so most blocks untouched needed to be dug out with a front end loader or v-plow to allow the regular plows to do the proper job,the whole dsny working split 12 hour shifts for 8 days now and counting..slowdown?not a chance..do you think the dsny would leave their own families stranded on snowed in blocks with no ambulance accessible deliberately?..not a chance!..end of story!,the ny post should be sued for slander and irresponsible journalism!

  • PJL

    Let’s see… NYC for some unknown reason did not declare a snow emergency… also, I didn’t see one snowplow on Sunday… where were they?

    NY Post, Daily News, Times,CNN and others (as well as NYC DOI) are investigating inadequate response, work slow-down and sick-out (10%!)….

  • mis-post

    all snowplows were on highways and primary roads on sunday..but if your looking out the window of your home on a seconday street you wouldn’t have seen them now would you?…..once they finish any investigation into the matter the public(and especially the post) will owe the dsny a great big apology..if there were indeed a small pocket of workers in another borough operating in the accused manner then shame on them and let the punishment fit the offense..but it is in no way a reflection on the rest of the department who are working their tails off on 12 hour shifts both day and night since the storm

  • PJL

    Something clearly went wrong… hopefully the truth will come out so this can be avoided in the future (as the City/DSNY has performed better with past similar storms). I was looking at Cadman Plaza West and Henry Street near the Brooklyn Bridge… pretty major streets, or so I had thought….

    Similar story throughout Brooklyn: My elderly Dad’s block (and nearby major avenues) wasn’t plowed for the first time until Thursday (Day 5–no cars were blocking his street). I’m grateful he didn’t have to get to the doctor or need an ambulance, but I know others weren’t so lucky.


  • Jimmy Kardong

    I don’t believe there was a snitch or anything similar.
    All that is a rumor manipulated by the worst administration this city ever had. YES BLOOMBERG AND GOLDSMITH (rich selfish MOFOS) Of course they had to invent something to wash their rich innocent hands.
    I mean it is a come in sense thing, If “supposedly” Sanitation was doing a “slowdown” to fight for their own good, why would some guys go an snitch about it if they are trying to help their own @ss?? That does not make any sense at all.
    Besides I personally know a few sanitation workers and they were called on Christmas on their days off to go to work because it was mandatory and part of their contract.
    There was no slow down, all of them tried to do their job the best they could.
    The real problem here was the city administration cutting their personal, demoting supervisors who were in charge of making sure streets were properly cleaned, taking the tow trucks away from sanitation garages, and reassigning the sanitation police into doing other tasks that they were not supposed to do.
    All that was Goldsmith’s idea of a new government and obviously it failed, but him and his contractor Bloomberg decided to wash their hands by elaborating stories and perhaps paying the media so that the bottom workers, in this case the sanitation department could end up with all the fault.
    People is so retarded and fall for it and affirm it is the way the media says, they forget that we never had this problem before until they put this Billionaire in command of the city and then he brings his “J” friend to make him become richer and apply selfish tactics to privatize everything so that they can buy them and/or put stocks on them and become even richer leaven the poor poorer and the medium class poor.
    They don’t give a Chittttt about anything or anybody else but themselves and their money and those who support them are just rich people like Bloomberg.

  • Soulman

    “J” friend? I hope I misunderstood that one

  • the Where

    Soulman – Kardong is a fool as evidenced by his horrible grammar and twisted logic. He probably failed the dead simple civil service exam too and didn’t even qualify to pick up your garbage.