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NYC plans to be ready for this snowstorm

Trash remained piled in New York yesterday as the city braced for more snow. Storm cleanup had delayed trash pickup. Trash remained piled in New York yesterday as the city braced for more snow. Storm cleanup had delayed trash pickup. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
Associated Press / January 7, 2011

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NEW YORK — As a snowstorm approaches with the power to pummel parts of New York with several inches, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking no chances of another political beating.

Less than two weeks after a post-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the city and its airports for days, the beleaguered mayor detailed new and experimental plans yesterday for cleanup after the coming storm. Those include GPS devices on 50 sanitation trucks in Brooklyn, which was among the worst-neglected areas.

“I realize there were problems with the city’s snow-cleaning efforts last week,’’ said Bloomberg, whose reputation as a pragmatic manager took a hit from the cleanup failures. “We want to assure all New Yorkers that we are doing everything in our power to make sure we don’t experience those kinds of problems again.’’

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for New York City, plus parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, and suburban Long Island beginning this morning. Two to 5 inches of light snow was forecast overnight with heavier snow possible today into tomorrow.

Bloomberg said the pilot GPS devices in Brooklyn will let officials track plows and let sanitation workers in the field report problems. If successful, the city plans to install the devices on all its 1,700 sanitation trucks.

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