De Blasio: Big job still ahead after snowstorm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks to reporters while shoveling the sidewalk in front of his house in New York. (Jan. 3, 2014) Photo Credit: AP

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Crews plan to keep working through the night and into this morning to clear as many as 12 inches of snow from New York City's streets and subway stations, officials said Friday.

Although nearly every thoroughfare had been plowed at least once since the storm began Thursday night, wind kept blowing the snow back onto streets, said Kathy Dawkins, a spokeswoman for the city Sanitation Department.

"We've had to go back and just redo street after street after street," Dawkins said.

Snowfall varied at points across the city, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Wichrowski: 11.6 inches in the Bronx; 6.4 inches in Manhattan; 11.5 inches in Queens.

Travel was expected to remain hazardous because of icy sidewalks and roads. Saturday's forecast predicted a high of 27 degrees and a low of 1 degree.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that nearly all weekend subway track work had been canceled. While most subway stations have been cleared of snow, 1,000 employees would still be removing remaining ice and snow from entrances and platforms.

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Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty said many of the remaining unplowed roads were in eastern Queens, near the Nassau border, where snow kept blowing onto primary roads, so crews had to focus on keeping those clear.

About 2,500 city vehicles from Sanitation and other departments were mobilized for the plowing effort with workers on 12-hour shifts, schedules that would continue until the streets are clear, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Garbage collection was canceled until snow removal is completed.

He also said response times to 911 calls were running about one minute late per run. The NYPD reported 10,831 calls to 911 from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, compared to 10,738 in the same period in 2013.

With Anthony M. DeStefano

and Patricia Kitchen

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