“El condado de Queens debe limpiarse mejor, en especial Astoria, Sunnyside y Woodside a donde se han desplazado 150 carros para retirar la nieve”, dijo el domingo Bill de Blasio, el alcalde de Nueva York, quien recorrió esta zona en las horas de la mañana. La acumulación de nieve llegó a 27 pulgadas en el Aeropuerto LaGuardia, la segunda en la historia de esta ciudad.

La concejal Julissa Ferreras también se quejó de la acumulación de nieve en Corona, especialmente al oeste de ese vecindario.

Varias calles de Jackson Heights fueron limpiadas el domingo en la noche y algunas son aún intransitables. Las montañas de nieve en algunas esquinas impiden la visibilidad. En Northern Boulevard hay carros enterrados bajo la nieve y la ciudad no ha limpiado la nieve que rodea las tomas de agua o hidrantes. “No podemos garantizar que todas las calles de Nueva York estarán limpias para el lunes en la mañana, es una gran labor que debemos hacer, pero si estamos trabajando arduamente”, dijo el alcalde de Blasio.

El domingo hizo sol, pero esta semana baja la temperatura y parte del agua y la nieve se congelarán. “Por eso estamos trabajando para que la hora pico del lunes en la mañana transcurra casi normalmente”, dijo el alcalde de Blasio. “El Departamento de Sanidad y el Centro de Emergencias de la ciudad de Nueva York han hecho un buen trabajo y lo seguirán haciendo”.

“Las reglas de estacionamiento alterno han sido suspendidas hasta el viernes de esta semana”, dijo José Bayona, vocero del Departamento de Transporte de esta ciudad. El propósito es que la gente pueda retirar la nieve que cubre sus autos y los buses y los trenes de la ciudad vuelvan a funcionar como de costumbre. Se recomienda que hoy domingo, sino tiene que manejar, no lo haga.

Los aeropuertos están regresando a la normalidad, recibiendo y despachando vuelos. Los musicales de Broadway volvieron a abrir sus puertas este domingo.

En la calle 78 de Jackson Heights no han limpiado la calle hoy lunes y este camión está allí desde el sábado. Foto Luisa Castaño

En la calle 78 de Jackson Heights no han limpiado la calle hoy lunes y este camión está allí desde el sábado. Foto Ana Luisa Castaño

Tres personas han muerto en esta ciudad por palear la nieve y 18 fallecieron durante la tormenta del sábado en varios estados de la unión. Si sufre del corazón o no se encuentra en excelente condición física, evite palear para retirar la nieve porque requiere de buen estado físico. Ayude a sus vecinos a retirar la nieve que obstruye el paso de la gente y el desplazamiento de los vehículos. Trate de no arrojar la nieve a la calle. Hay que limpiar la nieve alrededor de los hidrantes para que los bomberos puedan hacer su trabajo en caso de emergencia.

El gobernador de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, dijo que las autoridades del estado están trabajando arduamente para que el transporte como el Metro North, funcione bien esta semana. Dijo que las 5 personas que perdieron la vida durante la tormenta en este estado no fue por accidentes, sino por palear nieve.

La noche del sábado, 131 desamparados fueron llevados a los refugios de la ciudad. Si tiene problemas para alojarse o con el agua caliente, llame al 311.

Las escuelas abrirán este lunes para dar inicio al año escolar.

Retirar la nieve que cubre los carros no es una tarea fácil y tampoco ayuda que la ciudad no limpie bien las calles después de la tormenta, especialmente en Queens. Fotos Javier Castaño

Retirar la nieve que cubre los carros no es una tarea fácil y tampoco ayuda que la ciudad no limpie bien las calles después de la tormenta, especialmente en Queens. Foto Javier Castaño

Las personas que quieran trabajar removiendo nieve, pueden acudir a estos centros de Sanidad de la ciudad de Nueva York. Tienen que presentar 2 fotos pequeñas de 1 y 1/2 pulgada, 2 documentos de identificación y tarjeta de Seguro Social o número para pagar impuestos (Tax ID).

Este trabajo ofrece $13.50 por hora de trabajo las primeras 40 horas de la semana y $20.25 después de estas primeras 40 horas.

Queens West

Queens 1
34-28 21st St.
34th & 35th Ave.
Queens 2
52-35 58th St.
53rd Ave. East of 58th St.
Queens 3
52-35 58th St.
53rd Ave. East of 58th St.
Queens 4
52-35 58th St.
53rd Ave. East of 58th St.
Queens 5
48-01 58th Rd.
Maspeth Ave. & 47th St.
Queens 6
58-73 53rd Ave.
53rd Ave. East of 58th St.
Queens 9
132-05 Atlantic Ave.
Van Wyck Expy. & 132nd St.

Queens East

Queens 7
120-15 31st Ave.
College Point Blvd. & 122nd St.
Queens 8
130-23 150th Ave.
130th & 131st St.
Queens 10
130-23 150th Ave.
130th & 131st St.
Queens 11
75-5 Winchester Blvd.
Grand Central Pkwy. & Union Turnpike
Queens 12
130-23 150th Ave.
130th & 131st St.
Queens 13
153-67 146th Ave.
153rd La. & 153rd Ct.
Queens 14
51-10 Almeda Avenue
Almeda & Barbadoes Dr.

Bronx

Bronx 1
680 East 132nd St.
Willow Ave. & Bruckner Expressway
Bronx 2
650 Casanova St.
Randall & Spofford Ave.
Bronx 3
680 East 132nd St.
Willow Ave. & Bruckner Expressway
Bronx 4
720 East 132nd St.
Willow Ave. & Bruckner Expressway
Bronx 5
1331 Cromwell Ave.
West 168th & West 169th St.
Bronx 6
800 East 176th St.
Prospect & Marmion Ave.
Bronx 7
423 West 215th St.
9th & 10th Ave.
Bronx 8
423 West 215th St.
9th & 10th Ave.
Bronx 9
850 Zerega Ave.
Hermany & Lafayette Ave.
Bronx 10
850 Zerega Ave.
Hermany & Lafayette Ave.
Bronx 11
800 Zerega Ave.
Hermany & Lafayette Ave.

Bronx 12
1635 East 233rd St.
Provost Ave. & East 233rd St.

Brooklyn North

Brooklyn 1
161 Varick Ave.
Scholes and Stagg St.
Brooklyn 2
465 Hamilton Ave.
2nd Ave. & 14th St.
Brooklyn 3
525 Johnson Ave.
Varick Ave. & Stewart Ave.
Brooklyn 4
161 Varick Ave.
Scholes and Stagg St.
Brooklyn 5
606 Milford St.
Cozine & Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn 8
1755 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic & Schenectady Ave.
Brooklyn 9
690 New York Ave.
Winthrop St. & Parkside Ave.
Brooklyn 16
922 Georgia Ave.
Wortman & Cozine Ave.
Brooklyn 17
105-02 Ave. D
105th & Bank St.

Brooklyn South

Brooklyn 6
127 2nd Ave.
11th & 12th St.

Brooklyn 7
5100 1st Ave.
51st & 52nd St.
Brooklyn 10
5100 1st Ave.
51st & 52nd St.
Brooklyn 11
1824 Shore Pkwy.
Bay 41st St. & 26th Ave.
Brooklyn 12
5602 19th Ave.
55th & 58th St.
Brooklyn 13
2012 Neptune Ave.
West 20th & 21st St.
Brooklyn 14
1397 Ralph Ave.
Chase Ct. & Ditmas Ave.
Brooklyn 15
2501 Knapp Street
Ave. Z & Voorhies Ave
Brooklyn 15—49th Street
1750 East 49th Street
Ave. N & East 49th Street
Brooklyn 18
105-01 Foster Ave.
Ave. D & Foster Ave.

Manhattan

Manhattan 1
South St. Pier 36
Montgomery & Jefferson St.

Manhattan 2
353 Spring Street
at West Street
Manhattan 3
South St. Pier 36
Montgomery & Jefferson St.
Manhattan 4
650 West 57th St.
11th & 12th Ave.
Manhattan 5
2 Bloomfield St.
West St. & Hudson River
Manhattan 6
606 West 30th St.
11th & 12th Ave.
Manhattan 7
650 West 57th Street
11th & 12th Ave.
Manhattan 8
4036 9th Ave.
9th Ave & 216th St.
Manhattan 9
125 East 149th St.
Bronx Gerard Ave. & Walton Ave.
Manhattan 10
110 East 131st St.
Lexington & Park Ave.
Manhattan 11
343 East 99th St.
1st & 2nd Ave.
Manhattan 12
301 West 215th St.
9th Ave. & Harlem River

Staten Island

Staten Island 1
539 Jersey St.
Victory Blvd. & Brook St.
Staten Island 2
2500 Richmond Ave.
Opposite from SI Mall
Staten Island 3
1000 West Service Rd.
Arthur Kill Rd. / West Shore Expy. (Route 440)

Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, and community leaders react to City’s response to record-breaking snowstorm   

In light of the insufficient response by the City to plow streets in Queens after the weekend’s massive snowstorm, State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Assemblymembers Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and Michael DenDekker (East Elmhurst), and several community leaders issued the following statements.

Streets in the Jackson Heights neighborhood were blanketed with a record-breaking 34 inches of snow, while East Elmhurst, Corona and other parts of Western Queens, were impassable Monday morning even with assurances from City Hall that streets would be cleared by now.

“First, I want to thank all Sanitation, Fire, Police and all other workers who did a great job by trying to keep the streets clean and safe under these difficult conditions. However, we were clearly left behind by the Administration, and this is very frustrating. The City’s street plowing response to the record-breaking blizzard was poor in Queens, and this is unacceptable. Unfortunately, our borough, which is the City’s biggest, again got the short end of the stick. This situation comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration assured us that they were prepared to respond adequately to the storm,” said Senator Peralta. “This Administration promised that the streets were going to be cleaned and plowed by this morning, but this is not the case. We must learn from this experience and build upon the mistakes that were made in order to be better prepared for future storms.”

“The city’s storm response has been unacceptable,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya. “We were given assurances that the streets of Queens would be plowed by Monday morning and yet many streets remain covered in snow. Our borough deserves better. It is simply unacceptable for Queens to be left behind yet again. Year after year, the storm response in Queens has been inadequate. Although we commend the Mayor’s office for remaining in continued contact with Queens elected officials this year, the plows have simply not come fast enough. While the rest of the city is getting back on its feet after the storm, parts of Queens are still snowed in. It has created a potentially dangerous situation for our residents.”

Assemblymember DenDekker said, “Even though Jackson Heights had the largest snow fall totals during this storm, the street plowing in our community was less than adequate. Parts of our community endured tens of hours without ever seeing a snow plow on their street. While I praise the Sanitation Workers who work tirelessly during these storms I question the necessary staffing and equipment assigned to our area. I look forward to working with Senator Peralta and Assemblyman Moya to work with the City to better prepare and plan for future snow responses to our community.”

Reverend Patrick Young, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, noted, “It is unfortunate and unfathomable that the Mayor of New York City as well as the Commissioner of Sanitation would allow a major blunder of not planning adequate clean up and snow removal in the Borough of Queens, particularly in the neighborhoods of Woodside, Ridgewood, Corona, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst. Furthermore, the Mayor of New York City has decided to open schools Monday with the acknowledge that many communities in Queens have not had snow removed which will prohibit school buses to pass through safely. This act can endanger the safety of our children who ride the buses from these various neighborhoods. It is always appropriate to era on the side of caution and it seems our Mayor has not yet learn such important lesson.”

Corona community activist Jim Lisa said, “As a community activist, I feel disheartened that Queens is the forgotten borough and it’s not fair for the taxpayer in Corona Heights.”

Rose Marie Poveromo, President of the United Community Civic Association, noted, “We were the forgotten borough once again. It is very sad that the  residential areas surrounding LaGuardia airport were buried under, well over 2 feet of snow. We had visions of the  old Lindsay administration under the de Blasio Administration. Yet on TV we saw Manhattan totally cleaned.”

MAYOR DE BLASIO DELIVERS WINTER STORM RESPONSE UPDATE

Mayor de Blasio today delivered an update on the city’s response to Saturday’s storm, and thanked New York City’s workers for keeping residents safe throughout the weekend. The Mayor also urged New Yorkers to sign up with the Sanitation Department as day laborers, and reminded residents that alternate side parking is suspended through Monday, February 1.

“This weekend, Mother Nature sent us the second largest snowfall since 1869 – and hundreds of our city’s tireless workers rose to the challenge to keep our city safe. Under the toughest of circumstances, our sanitation workers and first responders braved the elements to protect the people of this city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New Yorkers should continue to use extreme caution when walking and driving. When shoveling, remember to stay safe, and do not overexert yourself.”

DSNY

  • Since the end of the storm, DSNY has plowed up to 97 percent of streets (all primary and secondary streets) at least once. Only some tertiary streets remain impassable, and DSNY has been focusing plows to those streets in Queens. DSNY is also revisiting some secondary areas where snow has been dumped back into the streets.
  • DSNY has plowed 96 percent of routes in Queens since the end of the storm, a 26 percent increase since 8:30 PM last night. In Staten Island, DSNY has plowed 94 percent of routes since the end of the storm, a 16 percent increase since 8:30 PM last night.
  • There has been a significant increase on tertiary and smaller routes since last night, 34 percent on all citywide routes, including a 43 percent increase in Queens, 65 percent increase in Staten Island, and a 42 percent increase in the Bronx.
  • DSNY has more than 2,000 pieces of snow clearing equipment out. Of those 2,000 pieces of equipment, more than 900 are being used for snow removal in Queens, where areas recorded 30+ inches of snow.
  • DSNY has diverted front-end loaders from other boroughs and hired private contractors to assist in digging, piling, and hauling snow away to melters.
  • DSNY workers remain on two 12-hour shifts, with 2,300 workers per shift.
  • DSNY is hiring snow laborers to assist with continued cleanup. 920 snow laborers have been hired. For more information on how to become a snow laborer, visit nyc.gov/snowlabor.

DOT

  • As of this morning, DOT has a total of 305 pieces of equipment, including 90 plows, on the ground and 450 staffers dedicated to snow removal.
  • As of this morning, DOT has worked with its contractor to clear 1600 of 3400 bus shelters across the City.
  • DOT has cleared 354 overpasses and 39 step streets.
  • Alternate Side Parking rules suspended through Monday, February 1. Payment at meters remains in effect.
  • SI Ferry continues to operate on a normal schedule.

DPR

  • Deployed more than 50 plows and more than 60 salt operation vehicles to assist with snow removal in Queens. 285 snow operation staff in Queens today.

DOE

  • All schools opened this morning and regular programming, including after-school activities, is going on as scheduled. All field trips using school buses have been cancelled.
  • The facilities team is continuing to work closely with bus companies and DSNY to ensure students are safely transported to and from school.
  • Students, parents and staff should continue to plan extra travel time to and from school this week, and are encouraged to use mass transit.

DOB

  • DOB has issued a snow and ice melt advisory to builders, contractors, and property owners urging them to take precautions during snow and ice melt conditions, and to secure their properties from hazardous conditions.

NYCHA

  • NYCHA locations are in the salting or final stage of their snow removal operations.
  • Actively treating icing conditions at NYCHA properties.

NYC SERVICE

  • 200 NYC Service volunteers signed up to assist in shoveling operations.

NYCEM

  • NYC Emergency Management deployed 50 CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) volunteers to assist with snow measuring and digging out hydrants.