NEWS: North Providence Mayor takes “full responsibility” for city’s poor snow removal efforts

By John DePetro and Kim Kalunian, WPRO News

Residents in North Providence have been crying out about the city's poor snow-removal efforts following Friday night's blizzard. Now the Mayor is saying he agrees with their assessment.

"I am not happy," Mayor Charles Lombardi told WPRO's John DePetro Sunday. "I agree with the taxpayers that this is not acceptable."

Lombardi admits that the city's equipment was unable to handle the snowfall, and plow drivers were pulled from the snow-covered roads Friday night. He said the city's priority should have been cleaning streets on Friday night and Saturday morning, instead of worrying about clearing school properties.

"We should have done a better job," he said, adding he would "take full responsibility" for the poor decisions made at the height of the storm. 

"I didn't make [the decisions], but I'll answer for them," he said.

Lombardi said the city is making it's best effort to clear roadways now.

"We're catching up on it now, and I know that's not acceptable, and it's not acceptable to me, by the way," Lombardi told DePetro.

"I'm not happy with the snow removal on this storm, and we'll address it," he said.