From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg is - again - throwing snowballs at the outer boroughs, City Council members say.
He's refusing to send Sanitation Department reps to a series of Council hearings that will be the first chance for many New Yorkers to sound off about the disastrous Dec. 26 blizzard.
He'll instead send community affairs representatives with details about the mayor's 15-point plan to improve the city's snow response.
"Unacceptable!" fumed Council Sanitation Committee Chairwoman Letitia James (D, WFP-Brooklyn). "This is an actof disrespect to the outer boroughs, mostof which were ignored during the blizzard."
James had asked for the sanitation superintendents from each borough to explain at six hearings what went wrong in the hardest-hit parts of the city.
"I don't want Community Affairs to tell me about salt, snowplows, chains, deployments and assignments," James said.
That article led to this:
The Sanitation Department got an earful about its lousy blizzard cleanup at a public hearing on Staten Island last night - but wouldn't answer questions about it.
"I would like to extend the department's apology," Sanitation Department official Iggy Terranova told the 50 or so people gathered at the Michael J. Petrides School. "I will take each concern back to Commissioner [John] Doherty."
That wasn't good enough for City Council members who called the hearing and said it added insult to injury for Staten Islanders who waited days for plows to clean their streets.
"The administration can come here to talk to the people but not with the people," said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn). "This should be a dialogue."
Last night was the Brooklyn hearing, and DSNY didn't show up at all this time. Oh and then there's this from Forest Hills Patch:
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz revealed at the Community Board 6 meeting Tuesday night that neither the Mayor's office nor the Department of Sanitation will have an executive presence at the Queens snow removal hearing on Friday.