It was a union protest job.
That's what a New York City Councilman says some sanitation workers confessed to him regarding the slow snow removal that plagued New York City this week and may have led to numerous deaths. Now, New York's governor is calling for an investigation.
"They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important," Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) told the New York Post after he said a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers confessed that the union instructed them to sabotage the snow removal. The union was upset over recent budget and worker cuts.
Halloran told the Post he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department and two Department of Transportation supervisors. They say there were told to not plow most streets and work slower than normal.
That news enraged outgoing New York Gov. David Patterson. In an interview with WOR radio this morning he called for a criminal investigation.
“This would be a very, very serious breach,” the Post reported him saying. And while he cautioned jumping to conclusions until an investigation does take place, that didn't stop him from wondering what could happen if the accusations are true.
“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.”