Brooklyn, NY – To help avoid a repeat of last year’s frustrating blizzard response that left many Brooklyn residents stranded for nearly a week, Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) has allocated $1 million in capital funds to purchase snow removal equipment, including plows and trucks, to be used by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).
This equipment will help ensure that the local Sanitation depots in Councilman Greenfield’s district have the necessary tools to properly respond to future storms. Specifically, the neighborhoods of Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst will be receiving this brand new equipment courtesy of Councilman Greenfield. Thanks to this new equipment, and a package of laws that the Council passed since the December 2010 blizzard, Greenfield is optimistic that Southern Brooklyn residents will not find themselves stranded for days while other parts of the city are cleaned up first, as was the case in last year’s blizzard.
“When I learned that Sanitation crews didn’t have the equipment needed to make sure our streets were passable immediately after the storm, I vowed that this wouldn’t happen again in my district. We have a saying in this business – put your money where your mouth is. That’s why I set aside one million dollars in capital funds to make sure that my constituents are never again left to fend for themselves during snow storms. These funds will have a long-term impact on the ensuring cleanliness of my communities,” explained Councilman Greenfield.
Following the December 2010 blizzard, many streets in South Brooklyn were left impassible, despite claims by city officials that all neighborhoods had been cleared. The delay in getting plows onto local streets created dangerous conditions for residents, especially the thousands of children forced to trek through snow and ice to get to school.
The $1 million in capital funds will be used to purchase equipment for the three Brooklyn Sanitation garages that handle sanitation issues for the 44th Council District and the overlapping neighborhoods. So far, two haulster trucks with plow attachments have been purchased for use in Community Board 12 at a cost of $154,000 each. The Sanitation department will use the rest of the funds over the upcoming year to purchase other necessary equipment including special “V” plows that are used to break through frozen snow and ice.
(YWN Desk – NYC)