A few inches of snow brought chaos and massive traffic to New York City roads on Thursday — prompting a storm of criticism for the city’s response to the wintry weather.
“Hearing reports from all over the city about slow response to today’s storm and I’ve seen downed trees outside of each event I’ve attended tonight,” New York City council speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat from Manhattan, wrote on Twitter. “I’m working to get in touch with DSNY to get some answers because this is unacceptable. Stay safe out there everyone.”
Traffic backed up for hours across New York as numerous streets went unplowed, but was especially bad in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
A city councilwoman from the Bronx was stuck for hours in the traffic, and vented about the city’s response from her car Thursday evening.
“I’m tired, hungry, running out of gas and patience, I have to use the bathroom, I’m still stuck in traffic BUT I’m safe!” Vanessa Gibson, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter. “Only God to thank for that because of the HORRIBLE response to today’s snowstorm! This is beyond ridiculous and completely UNACCEPTABLE! Just terrible!”
Republican state assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who challenged Bill de Blasio for mayor, said: “It is clear our Mayor and his commissioners were not prepared for today’s snowfall.
Read more at NY POST.