NY suspends 2 officials amid blizzard fallout

Vehicles try to maneuver across snow and ice-covered state Route 112 in Medford, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. While major highways on eastern Long Island were beginning to recover from a weekend blizzard, many local roads remained covered in snow and ice two days after the storm. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

February 14, 2013 7:44:02 AM PST
New York state has suspended two Transportation Department officials amid criticism of the snow-removal effort on eastern Long Island.

An attorney for one of the officials confirmed Thursday the suspensions are for 30 days without pay.

He says the Suffolk regional director for the Transportation Department was told about the suspension in an email Saturday night. The attorney says a transportation maintenance engineer also was suspended.

At least 30 inches of snow fell across eastern Long Island. Hundreds became stranded on roadways for hours.

Meanwhile, a town highway official in Brookhaven resigned Wednesday after reports some residents had to wait days to have their neighborhoods get plowed.

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