Brooklyn — Councilman David Greenfield has just received assurances from top City officials that more resources are being sent immediately to Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst to try to ensure that every side street is plowed at least once by noon tomorrow. Greenfield, who has pressured the Mayor’s office, the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Sanitation since Monday, is making progress in his battle to clear the streets of Southern Brooklyn. Those officials, however, did ask Greenfield to relay that only streets that are not blocked by vehicles can be accessed by plows. As a result, Greenfield is asking those who were forced to park their cars illegally to be sure that they are not blocking the entrances or exits to streets.
“It is reprehensible that it has taken almost 72 hours since the snowstorm ended to get our streets cleared,” said Greenfield. “I have worked tirelessly since Sunday night to bring some normalcy back to our community and I take these top officials at their word that by tomorrow afternoon the situation in our community will be vastly improved. Once that is accomplished and every single street in our community is cleared, I will then do everything in my power to get to the bottom of what exactly went wrong. We rely on the Mayor, as the person who runs this city, to ensure our safety and provide basic services. Clearly, there was a catastrophic breakdown that led to what can only be described as a serious betrayal of the public trust.”
Greenfield has taken to criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as other top members of the administration and agency commissioners, for what he has called the “wholesale failure of government to provide basic services to its taxpayers.” Greenfield’s office, which remained fully staffed throughout the snow crisis and open regular hours, took thousands of phone calls from angry constituents who were exasperated by the Mayor’s failure to ensure that the streets of Southern Brooklyn were plowed.
“I criticized the Mayor because I could not simply stand idly by while Manhattan was plowed and we in Brooklyn were left to fend for ourselves,” Greenfield explained. “I can assure you, the consequences of the city’s inaction have been dire: homebound seniors were unable to get the meals they rely on, first responders were unable to reach critical patients in a timely manner and many residents have lost several days of earnings. It is simply unacceptable that in the year 2010 we are seeing the same failures that befell Mayor Lindsay’s administration in 1969. We will continue to do whatever is necessary to hold the Mayor and his administration accountable,” Greenfield concluded.
(YWN Storm Center – 2010)