Spin Cycle

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The last from Newsday's Matthew Chayes:

Hours after brushing off complaints that snow-removal crews bungled the cleanup on Manhattan's Upper East Side from Tuesday's storm, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio did an about-face Wednesday and conceded, "more could have been done."

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His admission, which followed complaints that snow-clogged major thoroughfares in the area resulted in traffic paralysis, stood in contrast to his comments in the morning dismissing the criticism as "mistaken" and congratulating crews for a "helluva job."

As reporters relayed anecdotes from interviews and tweets of New Yorkers' snow woes, de Blasio responded that he had seen the bigger picture.

"The difference is, I get to hear the reports from all over the city . . . and I'm telling you based on everything I've heard, there was a very strong and consistent effort," he said.

But afterward, de Blasio visited the neighborhood -- a trip he didn't announce to the media -- to gather anecdotes and see the mess firsthand. At 5:22 p.m., he issued a statement: "While the overall storm response across the city was well-executed, after inspecting the area and listening to concerns from residents earlier today, I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side."

He said he ordered the Sanitation Department to "double-down," deploying 30 vehicles and 40 sanitation laborers "to finish the cleanup."

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Following the mea culpa, neither de Blasio's press aides nor the Sanitation Department would answer questions such as what exactly went wrong on the Upper East Side.

Also: A sharp analysis by Mr. Hardt at NY1 News.