Union blames private contractors for Queens clean-up problems

- Mayor Bill de Blasio called out the New York Sanitation Department for not doing a good enough job cleaning up Queens but the head of the union says "don't blame us."

Folks are still trying to dig out of the second largest snowstorm in New York City history. Many streets had not been plowed more than 24 hours after the snow stopped falling. Many streets were impassible.

People were saying that Queens was the forgotten borough. The Twitter hashtag #plowqueens was trending in New York on Monday.

Mayor de Blasio mentioned in a news conference on Sunday that unplowed streets in the Glendale neighborhood, among others, were a point of concern.

"I'm certainly not satisfied with the condition of some of the roads and some of our neighborhoods in Queens. I went around, as I said, in Woodside and Sunnyside... there is definitely more work to be done," de Blasio said.

In a phone interview on Fox 5 News on Monday morning, Harry Nespoli, the president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association, said the side streets are under contracts by the city to private plow companies who are not doing the job. He says the public workers are not supposed to touch those streets.

Nespoli said he has stated numerous times that those contracts are a waste of money and he's fighting to get that program ended when the contracts expire at the end of 2016.

De Blasio disputed that private contractors were being used widespread and were delaying the work.

"We have a difference of the facts we are working with," de Blasio said at a news conference Monday afternoon. 

Business owners complained that they couldn't get their trucks out to make deliveries, costing them thousands of dollars in business.

Many people who shoveled out their driveways put the snow in the streets, which complicated the clean up efforts.

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