Mayor Bill de Blasio made an unannounced stop this afternoon on the Upper East Side, where residents had assailed his snow-clearing efforts–some even accusing him of skipping their neighborhood in an act of political revenge.
“The Mayor made an unscheduled stop to the Upper East Side today to talk to residents, hear their views on the storm cleanup, and survey the area for himself,” his spokeswoman, Marti Adams, told Politicker.
The office later posted a photo of Mr. de Blasio greeting a woman on the corner of Lexington and East 86th Street.
The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to additional questions about what he learned or the reason for the visit, which came after he faced endless questions from the press about his administration’s allegedly lackluster plow deployments in the neighborhood.
Update (5:23 p.m.): Mr. de Blasio released this statement on his trip:
“After hearing concerns about street conditions on the Upper East Side, I headed to the area to survey the streets for myself, and to hear from residents directly. While the overall storm response across the city was well-executed, after inspecting the area and listening to concerns from residents earlier today, I determined more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side. I have instructed the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation to double-down on cleanup efforts on the Upper East Side, and as a result, 30 vehicles and nearly 40 sanitation workers have been deployed to the area to finish the cleanup. Our crews will remain on the streets around the clock until the roadways are clear in every neighborhood, in every borough, across New York City.”