Outgoing NY Gov. David Paterson called this morning for a criminal investigation into allegations that a slowdown by budget-squeezed plow operators contributed to the city’s blizzard woes.
The NY Post reported today that a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers confessed their protest plot to City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens). The workers were fuming over recent job cuts and cutbacks, the councilman and other sources told The Post.
“This would be a very, very serious breach,” Paterson told WOR 710-AM on his, adding that it “would be better for there to be an investigation about the allegations.”
Two days after a blizzard pounded the city many of the city’s streets remain unclear.
“I just think the whole thing would be outrageous, if it’s actually true.”
Miles of roads remained treacherously unplowed as of last night, days after the blizzard dumped nearly two feet of snow on the city.
Paterson, who lives in Harlem, said the snarl has left New Yorkers “scratching their heads” since the city handled a similar storm so well last year.
“That always gives way to a lot of rumor and innuendo, which I think we should probably table until there are facts to back that up,” Paterson said.
The governor, nonetheless, said any slowdown could be considered criminal.
“I would have to look through the criminal law to find exactly which one to prosecute people under,” Paterson said. “But criminality is a heightened sense of wrongdoing and there are examples of people whose lives were threatened severely.”
Paterson will hand over the Executive Mansion to Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo tomorrow night.