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Snow Removal: How Did Islip Do?

West Islip schools and businesses were open Monday. But are you satisfied?

The first Nor’easter of 2013 delivered as expected, dumping almost two feet of snow throughout West Islip.

But based on residents’ feedback, it appears that Islip Town isn’t delivering when it comes to clearing streets, despite calling in extra workers and equipment to help with the clean up.

Though schools and most businesses were able to open Monday, readers expressed frustration that some streets remained a mess, despite being plowed over the weekend. Many complained that main roadways near schools made for a difficult morning commute for kids and parents.

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"I can't understand how Hunter. Main artery to a school, is as poorly plowed as it is!!," wrote Palma LaForgia Ponte.

Dawn Mathys Scheid agreed, saying: "Driving to school was a mess. Slushy, icy and bumpy. All roads around schools are a mess."

It wasn't just roads around the schools that remained in poor condition. Residents also complained of main streets like Udall Road.

"Terrible on Udall Rd north of Sunrise. South of Sunrise it doesn't even look like it snowed but the north side is a death trap," said JoAnn Rinchiuso Mallimo. "Not just this storm but EVERY snow storm. It's as if we are the stepchildren of the community."

Tell us: How were the roads today? Are you satisfied with how Islip officials cleared the streets this weekend? Let us know in comments.

Chris February 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I guess guys plowing 12 hrs or more deserve no break no lunch no calls home to see how their familes are doing? Get real people its not the plow drivers that are doing a bad job(and thats not to say that one or two will not exceed expectations) its not really a perfect science and each move they make is sure to leave someone else mad at what they are doing. I think all things considered anyone that plowed did as good a job as they could. If you budget for the best day every day this is what happens. Hire more plows, ill tell you from experience the main problem is simply not enough manpower. Maybe we should make 5 guys work 72 hrs shifts with no breaks cause they are laborers??? No thats just a plain stupid idead but i bet there are more than a few thinking it.
Chris February 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I also heard town officials say they would wait and plow every few inches? Why wait when you are expecting over 15 inches of snow with limited resources?? Bad decision making not poor plow drivers!!
ELLA February 15, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Presidental Section: Last year my street was plowed by the town. They did a terrific job. This year it was a private contractor, pick-up with plow. He went down the street in one direction, no more than 4 times, and in the same spot! Try standing in a one lane road with children, waiting for the school bus and hoping it doesn't slid and hit you. A couple of days after the storm a town truck cleaned the road the way it should have been done in the first place. Maybe the town should check the streets that non-town contractors plow.
Jim February 15, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I saw any number of state, town and independant plows on the roads. And in 90% of the sightings, I do believe the plows would work better if they were actually down and touching snow. Driving around with them raised accomplishes nothing. (And no they were't sanding.)
Leslie A. Zimmerly February 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM
West Islip resident I was appalled at the lack of plowing for our street, Davison Lane West, and others in West Islip, considering the ridiculous amount of taxes we pay. Give me a break. We weren't plowed out until Monday night. I don't know which town is worse, Islip or Brookhaven. Disgusting.

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