Why are the schools open?
Many streets still look close to this
Good mornin', backache
Shovelers and plowers tackle huge cleanup for today's rush
BY JIMMY VIELKIND, JESS WISLOSKI and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
City subways ran with scattered delays, as did city buses, which navigated snowy streets.
Mayor Bloomberg said city sanitation workers were working 12-hour shifts to try to clear the streets by this morning.
About 2,200 snowplows were working the streets last night, and the city hired an army of temporary shovelers at $10 an hour.
"Already, they have plowed each of the primary roadways, most of the secondary roadways and over half of the tertiary roadways at least once," Bloomberg said yesterday afternoon. "Their goal is to have plowed each street by \[this morning's\] rush." But the mayor warned commuters that today won't be business as usual.
"Since the going on our streets and highways will be slow at best, we encourage you to take mass transit if at all possible," said Bloomberg, adding that alternate-side street parking will be suspended today.
Why did the city keep the schools open today? Clearly, getting around the streets was not easy, especially outside of midtown. The main thouroughfares still have snow on them, corners are piled with feet of snow and while there are some streets down to bare pavement, in much of the city, the snow is still there.
The one major consideration for the city is state financing and the mayor is loathe to lose it. The problem is that there is no need to have kids trying to negotiate snow clogged streets when there is a need to clear those streets.
One day, this refusal to keep kids home will result in tragedy, as a bus skids on an icy road or a child hit by a plow.
posted by Steve @ 12:05:00 PM