Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Inferior equipment cause of snow snafu?
From the Daily News:
They are sanitationmen and - as a whole - they've been portrayed as abominable snowmen responsible for the lousy cleanup after the Blizzard of 2010.
But five of them who work out of the Brooklyn District 11 garage - known as BK 11 - want the world to hear the "real" story.
"We were short 400 men and we had crappy equipment," said a guy we'll call Strongest No. 1, because the sanitmen don't want their names in the paper.
"Forty fewer guys in BK 11 alone than in 2006," he said, noting there are 125 workers left in BK 11, which is based on Bay 41st St.
"And Bloomberg didn't declare an emergency right away," Strongest No. 2 piped up.
Strongest No. 3 stirred his coffee and said, "Listen, most of us live right here in Bensonhurst. We couldn't get our own cars out. We walked hip-deep in snow to work that Sunday."
"My block couldn't get plowed," Strongest No. 4 said. "You think I want my family snowed in? There were abandoned cars all over the gutter. How could you plow?"
"BK 11 has about 50 trucks," Strongest No. 5 said. "About 25 got stuck. Know why? Inferior snow chains. They'd snap as soon as you tried to get traction."
"The chains kept pulling the tires off my rims," Strongest No. 1 said, displaying a phone photo of his crippled truck, a rear tire missing from the rim. "This is 2011, and the city can't buy chains as good as they got 20 years ago?"
"Are you kiddin' me," Strongest No. 4 roared, slapping the table. "We don't care about management on a good day, never mind during a blizzard. We know how to do this better than anybody in the world. We just didn't have enough men, the right equipment and the political leadership we needed."
Video courtesy of Sunnyside Post.