State Sends Extra Snow Removal Help

More than 500 pieces of equipment sent by Albany to Suffolk County to assist with snow clearing operations.

As central and eastern parts of Suffolk County continue to dig out from this weekend’s historic blizzard, help from New York State is on the way.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said 529 pieces of equipment are being sent to the region that in some parts has nearly three feet of snow on the ground.

According to Cuomo, 412 plow trucks and 731 operators have arrived over the past 24 hours. As a result, nearly one-third of New York’s snow removal assets have been sent to Suffolk.

“Suffolk County has not seen a winter storm like Nemo in years, and the massive amount of snow left behind effectively shut down the entire region,” Cuomo said. “The State will continue to do everything possible to augment existing recovery work and will ensure that residents of Suffolk can go back to life as normal as quickly as possible.”

The storm, which dumped record amounts of snow across Suffolk Friday into Saturday, left more than 100 cars stranded on the Long Island Expressway, forcing officials to close the LIE Sunday from Exit 57 to Exit 73 to complete snow removal operations. 

ARCH STANTON February 10, 2013 at 07:23 PM
K February 10, 2013 at 07:39 PM
No sand no salt and no plow on LIE during the Storm and not much elsewhere either - Looks and sounds like Labor issues to me. They put peoples lives at risk. I'm 61 - lived here all my life - never seen anything like this before. Long Island has plenty of trucks etc they are not being used. Union claims they all broke down and I guess no one to fix them. Yeah - Bringing more union drivers and trucks to town won't help much unless they are threatened with the Labor Axe. Suffolk county is broke anyway so why not shift the cost to workers retailers and busines in general - lost time etc So politicians ignoring the real problem- Maybe the boses using this to get snow emergency money from the Fed. Remember Coumo said help is on the way - Sorry too late - not going to work tommorrow my snow holiday Thank You CSEA and Coumo, There must be over 10,000 trucks by now not getting into suffolk county. - sure you want to fight them tomorrow to get to work
Jim February 10, 2013 at 07:47 PM
There were enough warnings to get off the road. Many employers dont care about their employees and refused to let them leave early and they were stuck on the roads. Some people just dont listen and are still driving around when its not important enough to risk your life.
NK February 10, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Based on the fact that the TOH contracts out a lot of the work, you would think that in an "epic storm" they would be out in front of it to combat the accumulation. I can totally understand undersized trucks having difficulty in these conditions. My problem is that the first plows didn't start coming around my house in Greenlawn until 9 or 10 pm hours into the storm. At that point it was too late. No salt or sand was put down. And as time went on it got worse. Then yesterday morning I see the plow around 7:30am. A 3 car wide street was only plowed right down the middle leaving all of us 6-8 feet to get to that strip. Then a neighbor complained and a truck came around 3:30 to dig him out because the first job they piled the snow in front of his driveway at the end of the street when they could have gone a few feet further. I used to live in Halesite on a 40 degree hill and they constantly were dropping sand. Why when the forecasters said it would rain then snow and freeze didn't the town take care of this. And not for nothing, Clay Pitts Road which is a major road has more snow on it then some side streets. Now that I have spent 3 hours digging out I DO NOT want a major truck coming down my street because they will dump all of that snow back into my driveway. Just let the warm weather and rain take care of it.
carolyn davies February 10, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I am in East Yaphank out in Brookhaven . and I have not heard a snow truck or any other kind of truck for that matter .. on the upside I live on a huge hill and the children are having the time of their lives on their sleds :)
Sharon February 10, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Ok they are not doing the side road, because, they do not want us out using the highways, that is ok but just tell us!!!!!! I am stuck in one town and can not get to my family in another only 20 mim. away. Just tell us do not keep us in the dark any more!!
Sharon February 10, 2013 at 08:37 PM
PS to my last report, My kids school is closed on Monday, if it was not for the internet I would have never known. Thanks internet. Sorry govt .
Rose February 10, 2013 at 09:01 PM
We live opposite Islip's Holbrook Country Club in a 128-home community. The country club is completely plowed yet nothing has come through our impassable roads! This is in excusable. Lives are at risk but Islip prioritzed the large parking lot for golfers ahead of itsIslip maintained public roads that are across the street.
forward thinking February 10, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Dad of Three February 10, 2013 at 09:33 PM
What do you call the websites hosted by most school districts on LI??? Last time I checked, school districts are part of "government", and the "Internet" doesn't create it's content out of thin air. Someone creates it, and in the case of school district websites, it's those silly school districts, isn't it?
scsddad February 10, 2013 at 09:38 PM
What school district
anthony dones February 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Help we need these streets , by Beatrice ave plowed , its terrible over hear , how are we gonna get to work tomorrow please we need these streets to get plowed .
Earl February 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM
i think they are hoping the rain and warm temps are going to take care of snow removal. our tax money at its best. i got stuck right in my neighborhood today. what a drag.
EG February 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Cuomo is a (fill in expletive), sending equipment and manpower to other states. His first obligation is to NY . He should be removed from office. There are NY citizens that are snowed in. Any family that suffers a fatality because their house was not accessible to emergency services should sue this jerk. I'm all for helping neighbors, I dug one out today. But you don't do that until you take care of your own
PattyAnn February 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM
We havent been p,owed yet !!!
PattyAnn February 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
They lied about the the plows huh ?
JTB February 11, 2013 at 04:56 AM
My husband,child and I ventured out today and I'm disgusted and mad at Suffolk county as a whole and in particular my town. My street is messy and the surrounding streets haven't been touched much at all and are actual worse than my block-totally unexpected. Some main roads near me are a disaster. Tax dollars paying for what exactly? I feel for the stores in town bec there's no place to put the snow so there essentially is no parking to go these places to eat and shop. Snow is being piled up in handicapped spots repeatedly! Are you kidding me? I realize going further west is fine but getting there is a bitch. I've read so much angry local news today about the lack of attention to these issues and how the plows just "didn't come thru" literally and figuratively. Our personal plow person never came or even called. Disgraceful. I'm tired of hearing the phrase "we had no idea the impact the storm would have" from the local officials. Aren't they the ones who need and should be prepared? We had a major snow storm in 2010? Guess they forgot. This great town I live in with wonderful restaurants, nightlife, community activities and scenic water views is disappointing me terribly right now....
Earl February 11, 2013 at 05:37 AM
It is well after midnight now, still not a plow in sight. We need to dump all of NY Govt and reform it ourselves!
vera charles February 11, 2013 at 06:42 AM
To scsddad, I don't undersand your question. Who are you addressing?
john smith February 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Maybe they should hook up plows to the garbage trucks and stop hiring all these Mickey Mouse landscapers to plow. Who is monitoring these substandard ,temporary employees?
Preliator February 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Substandard government employees...from Governor on down. One exception, East Hampton/Springs seems to be in good shape.
danielle February 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Still no plows here
Rich February 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Well, the plows finally came thru last night on my street in S. Huntington. Trouble was after spending three hours digging myself out yesterday they plowed me back in so at midnight I was back out digging so I could get out this morning. Doesn't seem like there was any logical plan, coordination or leadership.
Donna February 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Donna, Our street in Manorville is still not plowed. This is an unacceptable safety hazard. My opinion, the County/Town took a back seat as the storm approached on Friday. They used the "weekend" as an excuse to delay the snow removal. The heavy snow began to fall after 2PM on Friday. Had they plowed, sanded, salted etc after the initial accumulations on Friday, perhaps some of the stranded motorists would have made it to their destinations. Subsequently, "manpower" would not have been bogged down with evacuating stranded motorists. Additionally, by choosing to "wait," more snow accumulated on top of icy snow making it more difficult and time consuming to remove. We are suffering the consequence of those actions. I agree with the authors of other comments, we pay enough in taxes to keep our roads clear and I question the decisions made by our leadership.
Pam DeFord February 11, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Well said Frank!! I wonder who he will blame this time. Finally people may begin to realize his true colors!!! Wow too late!!!!!
Pam DeFord February 11, 2013 at 01:11 PM
If the officials had planned ahead.......that's what it comes down to!!! It was very easy for the governor to point the finger at LIPA during the last storm, well now the finger is pointing at him!!! Why would he send plows away when we still need help???????
Samuel February 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Once again the Great Gov. Chris Christie outperforms Andrew- Here is some advice Andrew- "just do everything Christie does"
Preliator February 11, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Maybe if Herr Cuomo was more concerned about NY rather than his political aspirations in 2016 he would have a better handle on things. if you think our roads and infrastructure were in bad shape now wait until this spring.
Paul Kersey February 11, 2013 at 05:49 PM
You are kidding, right? We have the absolute worst government ever, but at least it is the most expensive! Cuomo is more interested in harassing law-abiding citizens than dealing with anything else. After all, law-abiding citizens are easy to push around -- we obey the laws! Worst. Government. Ever. (Every branch, too.)
Emilia February 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I live in Manorville and stranded! Roads still not plowed! How am I gonna get to work so I can pay my taxes?? BULL


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