It was announced yesterday that "Federal prosecutors [have] opened a criminal probe into allegations sanitation workers conspired to paralyze [New York City] in last week's blizzard, sources said." The investigation falls on the heels of a disastrous cleanup effort from public servants in New York City. "Complaints were flooding in from all over the city about snow-clogged roads and AWOL plows."
Of course, Mayor Bloomberg, who is in the midst of the traditional terrible New York City mayor third term curse, has been glossing over accusations that workers purposely did a poor job of cleanup. "We will go back and look over all the details of that," he said, but added "we did what we could do." Bloomberg said all the Broadway shows are going on and suggested that New Yorkers should venture out to see one. That drew some pointed criticism. "Did he really say that, go see a show? I wonder what city the mayor is reporting from?" asked City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who said he spent between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. shoveling snow in Astoria outside his home, and his dad's and neighbors'. "In that entire time, I haven't seen a single plow - except the one that crashed into a car and has been stuck, since before 6 a.m., at 21st Street and 21st Drive," Vallone said. "In past snow storms, other plows would have come through by now." And the frustration of New Yorkers has only been augmented by the absence of explanation for these disasters.