New York City Sanitation Department Cleanup – Additional Comments

I wanted to post this last week, but was sick with the flu and cold and therefore was in no condition to blog. I needed to rest in order to get better.

Now that I’m in better shape to type, I have some additional comments with regards to the recent issue regarding the sanitation workers’ decision to respond very slowly to the snowstorm. Their decision ultimately cost lives, as people DIED from the slow response to the storm. Someone needs to be held accountable for those deaths.

This has been a mess that I feel everyone, including the Mayor, should be held accountable for. No one’s an angel here, but how many people see it from the point of view of the Sanitation workers? They’re taken for granted and rarely thanked for the jobs they do.

I also doubt that the workers thought this thing completely through. Do you think that had they known that this action would cost people lives, that they would have done such a thing? Again, the entire affair demonstrates a) how communication between all channels is key, and b) how far New York has to go to get back to where it was in terms of response time for emergencies like this one. In the end, we have to realize that everyone here is a killer, from the sanitation worker to the Mayor.

And in light of my recent comments, I admittedly realize now that living in Toronto the past 3.5 years has made me out of touch with the situation. My stance may undoubtedly have been different should I have experienced the delayed response in New York with everyone else. Looking at it from an outsider’s perspective allows me to be objective, but also doesn’t allow me to see the full scope of the disaster.

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