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Bloomberg Admininstration Faces City Council Hearing About Christmas Blizzard


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's admininstration has told lawmakers it might have been a better decision to call a snow emergency during the post-Christmas blizzard.

The administration is being questioned in detail for the first time about its cleanup efforts in the wake of the blizzard, which dumped more than two feet of snow in some parts of the city.

Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith testified at a City Council hearing. He said calling a snow emergency might have triggered a more urgent reaction among all agencies, and let the city get a head start in the cleanup.

Roads went unplowed for days, ambulances got stuck and trash has piled up ever since.

Goldsmith also said the city lacks decent ways to communicate with plow workers in the field.