Mayor Bloomberg voices displeasure with snow removal efforts

THE BRONX - Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference today he was disappointed with the city's snow removal efforts.

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Bloomberg and other officials spoke in front of a small crowd at F & F Hardware & Paint in Hunts Point. He said he realizes people are struggling to get to work and that he sympathizes with those who can't dig their cars out or use public transportation.

He added that only 50 MTA buses are currently stuck, opposed to 600 when the storm first hit and that 90 percent of all primary roads have been plowed. The biggest trouble spots remain in southern Brooklyn, western Queens and Staten Island.

Meanwhile, the Department of Sanitation hired nearly 700 workers yesterday to shovel snow and another 1,200 today, but many residents say it's not enough.

In Pelham Bay, Bronx residents said they had to wait for working buses in the middle of the street and drivers in Olinville said they had to make their own pathways while waiting for snowplows.

The Department of Sanitation said it hopes to clear most of the city's side streets by the end of the week.

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