De Blasio Vows Better Handling of Next Snowstorm

NEW YORK -

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday promised to learn from mistakes made in response to last week’s snowstorm, the second of his three-week-old administration.

“We’re going to work each and every time to get better,” the mayor said. “I want each response to be better than the last one. That’s our goal.”

Several neighborhoods, including Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side, were not plowed effectively, snarling traffic and prompting complaints from residents. Some areas of Staten Island still had snow-covered streets Friday, three days after the storm that left up to 11 inches of snow on the city.

De Blasio rejected allegations made by some residents that it was political retribution, saying it was a coincidence that some of the unplowed neighborhoods did not vote for him in November’s election. He personally inspected the Upper East Side in the wake of the storm, and said has plans to do the same on Staten Island.

De Blasio denied that Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty’s job was in jeopardy. Doherty, who also worked for ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg, is serving in an interim capacity.