[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
First, let’s start with some video of the great job they are doing, plowing the streets (if it doesn’t play here, go here).
Yes, clearly the problem they had was not enough workers. /sarcasm
Anyway, the latest from the New York Post, which is doing heroic work, here is twofold.
First, we find out that there already is an investigation into the cause of the slow snow removal:
The city’s Department of Investigation admitted it began a probe earlier this week after hearing rumblings of a coordinated job action.
Which really adds a lot of credibility to the allegations, given that this constitutes collaboration.
The second revelation is that it was apparently targeted at the neighborhoods of the wealthy and powerful, on the theory that then they would scream to city hall and get the budget for the Sanitation Department increased.
There was a method to their madness.
The selfish Sanitation bosses who sabotaged the blizzard cleanup to fire a salvo at City Hall targeted politically connected and well-heeled neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn to get their twisted message across loud and clear, The Post has learned…
Sources told The Post several neighborhoods were on the workers’ hit list — including Borough Park and Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and Middle Village in Queens — because residents there have more money and their politicians carry big sticks.
As they say, read the whole thing.
So that gets at a question asked in one of the comments for the last post on this by “great unknown:”
on the potential criminal violation: exactly who would be put on trial? I agree with the concept, but the diffusion of responsibility [finger-pointing] seems to make the application problematic
Well, this revelation raises the possibility that we might be able to pinpoint exactly who was neglecting the relevant streets. But even if we can’t, we might not have to. First this would also constitute criminal conspiracy. Now, New York State doesn’t appear to follow the ordinary rule that members of a conspiracy are jointly responsible for every act in furtherance of a conspiracy. But conspiracy is an independent offense. And if one person engages in criminal conduct, a second person can also be guilty of that exact same act if that person “solicits, requests, commands, importunes, or intentionally aids such person to engage in such conduct.” And it is not clear under the statute whether one even has to identify that other person or not. That could reach a large part of the union.
Meanwhile the casualty count is increasing. This time a child isn’t dead, but left brain dead:
A 3-month-old Queens boy was left brain dead last night after snow-clogged routes prevented medics from reaching him quickly — and unplowed streets later forced the EMS workers to ditch their ambulance and sprint with the ailing baby to the hospital.
As little Addison Reynoso hovered at death’s door, a priest performed last rites, and his family considered pulling him off life support.
The baby’s heartbroken father fumed at the city’s lax clean-up response to last weekend’s monster blizzard.
“Clean the streets,” Luis Reynoso said, “because that’s why the ambulance came too late.”
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]