New York mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged on Wednesday evening that there were flaws in his administrations response to the snowstorm which descended on the city on Tuesday causing transport chaos on the city’s roads.
Facing one of the first flashpoints of his weeks-old tenure, de Blasio initially defended what he called a ‘coordinated, intense, citywide response’ to a storm he said caused a worse-than-expected headache when it ramped up at rush hour.
De Blasio, who campaigned on closing the gaps between rich and poor city residents, at first rebuffed complaints that the effort had lagged on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, saying ‘no one was treated differently.’
But he backtracked on Wednesday evening, saying he’d determined ‘more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side.’
Thirty more vehicles and nearly 40 more sanitation workers were sent to the area to finish the cleanup, de Blasio said in a statement that noted he still felt the citywide response, overall, ‘was well-executed.’
In a city where snow removal has proven a political hot potato, the flap was almost a mirror image of complaints about how de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, handled a 2010 blizzard.