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Newburgh bracing for more snow, while still dealing with Wednesday's storm

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Albany/HV: Newburgh bracing for more snow, while still dealing with Wednesday's storm
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Newburgh officials are bracing for more headaches with more snow expected to hit the area Saturday. As YNN's Elaina Athans tells us, the city is still dealing with the aftermath of this week's storm.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Newburgh right now is a mess of a winter wonderland and with more snow in the forecast, more resident complaints keep filtering into the city's Department of Public Works.

Drivers are rolling through slush and ice, driveways are blocked by piles of snow and sidewalks in some spots have gone untouched. DPW says one of the main issues is residents not adhering to the snow emergency and alternate street parking.

"We're frustrated and we're tired," said Newburgh Public of Public Works Superintendant George Garrison. "There's people that 'thank you, thank you, thank you,' but on the other hand, we're getting called every name in the book because we plowed somebody's driveway in and listen, I live here too and it happened to me."

The police department has been towing cars and issued piles of tickets. Chief Michael Ferrara, however, explains he just doesn't have the manpower or money for officer overtime to remove every illegally parked car on city streets.

"Towing is very time consuming," said Ferrara. "You can tow a few cars in the same time you can write several parking tickets."

DPW says another reason why snow still coats many of these streets is after Wednesday's storm, three out of their six trucks are out of commission.

"We had quite a few trucks break down. Some of them have to wait for parts. So you have nothing to replace it with," said Garrison.

Crews have been working to fix a damaged fleet ahead of Saturday's second round of snow.

"If it gets to the point where we need to start removing snow, then we will do that," said Garrison.

The snow emergency will remain in place until further notice.

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