One week after a blizzard paralyzed the city, the snowdrifts were melting Sunday but the mountains of trash were growing.
The Department of Sanitation announced it would resume garbage pickups on Monday for the first time since the Christmas weekend storm dumped 20 inches of snow on city streets. Trash collection was suspended while crews struggled to plow streets, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said.
"We are able to resume garbage pickups now that significant progress has been made in clearing away the aftermath of last Sunday's massive blizzard," Doherty said Saturday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials endured days of withering criticism for the city's slow response to the storm. Bloomberg visited some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the snow and confessed the city's handling of it was "inadequate and unacceptable."
New York City's mayor was so busy lobbying for the Ground Zero mosque, and laying the groundwork for a presidential run, that he was too busy to plow the streets or pick up the garbage.
Maybe now he'll shut up about "The Third Way" and "No Labels" and do his job.