Volume 20, Number 35 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | January 12 - 18, 2010
Letters to the Editor
Who’s to blame?
To the Editor:
I cannot believe what I heard and saw on the television about Commissioner Doherty of the Sanitation Department. This man gave up years of his retirement to come back and help his department and us New Yorkers. In other snowstorms he and his sanitation workers were lauded for their good work.
Now that we’ve had a blizzard (not a snowstorm), he and his workers were blamed for a poor job. I guess they needed a scapegoat, and Doherty and his department were picked. If the average New Yorker couldn’t make it to work, how could a Department of Sanitation worker make it? I saw TV footage of a worker asleep in his truck. If you put in 12 to 14 hours of plowing, and are not able to go to home to sleep, you would be doing the same thing.
I suggest that for the next snowstorm, Mr. Doherty should ask the Mayor, Mr. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, and Daniel Halloran, a City Council Member representing parts of Queens, which streets in their boroughs they would like plowed first. Then we’ll see whom they put the blame on for not having certain streets plowed.
Mr. Doherty, us true blue New Yorkers would like to thank you and your department for the great hard work that you have done for New York for many years.