2014 Snow Cost NYC Extra $35 Million Already, Says de Blasio

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

New York City is set to get 6-10 inches of rain and snow tonight through Thursday in the fifth snowstorm of the year. The city has already had about 33 inches of snow this year according to Accuweather.

“Depending on which groundhog you talk to, we have another five to six weeks of snow,” said mayor Bill de Blasio in his preliminary budget press conference. 

De Blasio said they increased the Department of Sanitation’s 2014 allocation by $35 million due to the snow storms this year.

“We have decided to add substantial fiscal resources to 2014 for the Sanitation Department to handle storms and impact of storms,” de Blasio said. Department of Sanitation handles trash pick-up and snow removal of in the city streets.

The mayor added the snow had exacerbated the pothole problem, and the Department of Transportation has been proactive in fixing the potholes before they become a problem. The DOT has not needed additional funds for pothole repairs.

Trash and recycling pick-up is canceled Thursday for the oncoming snow storm. 

Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended through Saturday, and suspended Monday as well for Presidents Day.

The preliminary budget de Blasio is presenting addresses the fiscal 2015 year, going into effect July.