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Goldfeder: Track private plows

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:04 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is calling on the Department of Sanitation to issue portable GPS tracking devices to privately contracted snow vehicles so they can be tracked during storms.

Since many of the large snow removing trucks used by the Sanitation Department have difficulty navigating some of the smaller streets in neighborhoods like Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel, the city employs private contractors to supplement the service. Goldfeder said that during the Jan. 3 snowstorm, some of those neighborhoods were neglected by contractors using private vehicles that could not be located or held accountable. They are not equipped with tracking devices as Sanitation’s vehicles are and do not appear on the PlowNYC map that allows residents to find where plows were most recently.

“Every snow plow contracted by Sanitation should be treated the same as any other city-owned vehicle and held accountable until the job is complete,” Goldfeder said.

The Sanitation Department did not respond to request for comment.

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