The new phenomenon of shutting down all roads, not just major highways, in anticipation of a snowstorm needs to be seriously reexamined.
I am the President of Glen Oaks Village, a co-op of 10,000 residents. The overreaction to the “blizzard” this past week by the governor and mayor in shutting down all local roads to non-emergency vehicles at 11 p.m. created enormous problems for us and other large co-ops.
We have maintenance employees working the 4 p.m. to midnight shift who have been plowing our sidewalks and driveways to keep ahead of the heavy snowfall. These individuals need to drive home after their shift has ended and return in the morning to continue plowing and shoveling the front stoops of our 3,000 families.
Closing all roads and issuing $300 fines created enormous problems for our co-op. Our residents expect driveways to be plowed and walkways to be cleared, a responsibility that the Board of Directors of the co-op takes very seriously.
More thought should have been given to this. Because a few people don't act responsibly in a snowstorm is not a reason to shut down the entire transportation grid of the city, especially when individuals are employed in jobs that require them to be at work.
Asking people to exercise caution and common sense during severe weather instead of infantilizing them is a better solution than a one-size-fits-all approach.
I urge our elected representative to raise this issue with the mayor and governor so that we may see a more reasoned approach with the next severe storm.
Glen Oaks Village