Jan 6, 2011

Sanitation Bosses Charged for Slayings?

Usually I wouldn't comment but since I have been following this story, I felt that i needed to say something.   The Sanitation Dept. should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible because of the intentional slowdown that happened.   Even if it was not something the heads asked the workers to do, they were responsible- especially after the first day when it was supremely obvious that they were jerking everyone around.   There are enough videos, testimonies and eyewitnesses who SAW these plows driving down streets with their plows up!   Usually I think the DA's office can be a little too hasty and harsh- but in this case I hope they act like the pitbulls they are reputed to be and bite down hard on this.

New York - NY Post: Snow Probes Eye Slay Raps For Sanitation Bosses

Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the city's response to the weekend blizzard at Office of Emergency Management Headquarters in Brooklyn. December 28, 2010 (Photo Credit: Samantha Modell)Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the city's response to the weekend blizzard at Office of Emergency Management Headquarters in Brooklyn. December 28, 2010 (Photo Credit: Samantha Modell)

New York - There may be blood on their hands.
Federal and state investigators are probing whether the fleet of selfish Sanitation bosses who allegedly intentionally left city streets clogged with snow are responsible for the deaths of New Yorkers who couldn’t get swift medical aid, The Post has learned.
The US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office have each launched criminal probes focused in part on where people died in the massive blizzard—and if they were along the routes of plowmen who allegedly were told to slow down the cleanup, several sources said.

The feds “will examine the failure of the public safety and uniform [workers]. If any of the deaths are attributable to willful failure to perform their jobs, charges can be brought,” said one source.
They also will examine whether the workers’ conspiracy was aimed at defrauding the city so they could rake in extra overtime pay.
Sanitation Department bosses, protesting budget and staffing cuts by Mayor Bloomberg, have been accused of ordering a snow-removal slowdown that left parts of Brooklyn and Queens crippled long after the 20-inch storm let up.
The two Brooklyn probes are being carried out alongside investigations by the Queens DA and the city’s Department of Investigation.
Investigators will comb through time logs, overtime records and phone and e-mail traffic among Sanitation bosses. The authorities also want to interview city workers and members of the public with information about a slowdown.
So far, the city Medical Examiner’s Office has only labeled one death—an unidentified 66-year-old man who died of hypothermia Dec. 27 on an undisclosed subway platform—as being weather-related. Other cases are under investigation.
Officials expect to announce today their findings in the death of 3-month-old Addison Reynoso, who was taken off life support Tuesday after being declared brain-dead Dec. 29.
An FDNY source has blamed impassable roads for delaying the ambulance from picking up the child and getting him to Elmhurst Hospital after he was stricken with an aggressive viral illness.
Meanwhile, new details emerged yesterday about the Sanitation Department’s botched response to one of the biggest snowstorms ever to hit the city.
Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has sent the Department of Investigation multiple internal Sanitation memos that he believes will prove mismanagement, including instructions from top brass to hold back on salt use.
One memo shown to The Post shows that the Sanitation Department’s No. 2 official, Bernard Sullivan, ordered crews at 4:28 a.m. on Dec. 27—just as the snow was letting up—to “resume salt operations.”
“During the storm is the optimal time to spread the salt,” said Vallone.
Sanitation Department spokesman Vito Turso insisted Sullivan’s order reflected standard procedures of not spreading salt at the height of a storm.
Vallone said the council is being inundated with information about Sanitation Department missteps as he and his colleagues prepare to grill Bloomberg administration officials during a special hearing Monday.
“It’s hard to believe anything they [Sanitation officials] have to say,” Vallone said.

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