Some Niagara Falls Residents Don't See Plows All Day

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 12:36 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 12:36 AM EDT


You could not escape the loud hiss of snow blowers up and down driveways in almost every western New York neighborhood Wednesday night. We caught up with Anthony Pugliese at his Niagara Falls home, the snow kept him busy all day.

"My house, my fiance's house, my mother-in-law's house, and checking up on the elderly," said Pugliese.

But just a few blocks away on 88th Street, Allan Stockings and his neighbors were worried about more than just their driveways. They say no one from the city came to plow their street all day, forcing neighbors to complain to city officials.

"I've seen plenty of plows around all the other streets around here but nothing on our street until about 8 o'clock tonight," said Allan Stockings who lives on 88th Street.

City officials are not denying those claims.

"Doesn't do any good to plow side streets if the main arterials of the city and then the secondaries or what you might call thoroughfare streets are not passable because there's no where to go once you get out of your driveway anyway," commented Niagara Falls Mayor, Paul Dyster.

For motorists, the snowy conditions were disastrous. The driver of a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car on the 990 in Amherst, amazingly he was not seriously injured.

"He was going a little bit too fast for conditions and he slid and rolled," said Senior Investigator Carl Fischer with the Amherst Police Department, Traffic Division.

Nonetheless, many residents were bracing for a lot more of the white stuff but this system proving not enough to shake most hearty western New Yorkers.

"We're ready for it. If you're brought up here, you grew up here, you're ready for the snow," said Pugliese.