Blizzards Hit Campus and Challenge Clean-up

Just two weeks after a huge snowstorm blanketed New York City under 10 inches of snow, the University's snow-blowers were hard at work again, clearing up 18-plus inches of snow and ice as it accumulated on campus over the blizzard of Feb. 25 to 26. At the height of the storm, some 40 Facilities employees were outside working in blizzard conditions, using 400 50-pound bags of salt, 75 shovels, 25 ice choppers and 30 different vehicles to clear the campus of 2,000 tons of ice and snow. At Baker Field, its crew of nine worked in 16-hour shifts to manage the 20 inches of snow that covered the site.

"The snow removal is a team effort," said Richard Bussert, manager of landscaping and grounds for the Morningside Heights campus and Baker Field. "This has been an unusually snowy winter, and we thank the entire team for their contributions."

In photo at top: Richard Bussert (farthest left) proudly stands with some of Facilities' Ground and Waste staff members responsible for a job well done. From left to right, sitting: Edwin Justiniado, Jerry Rivera and Freddy Estrella. From left to right, standing: Frederick Perez, Christopher Bavosa (in the snow blower), Rosario Muffoletto and Edwin Ortiz.

In photo at bottom: Community members trudge through another blizzard, as our team clears the area near Uris Hall.