FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (February 14, 2013)--New York state has suspended two Transportation Department officials in the wake of criticism of the snow-removal effort on eastern Long Island after a massive winter storm.
An attorney for one of the officials confirmed Thursday the suspensions were both for 30 days without pay.
Attorney Howard Rubin says the department's Suffolk regional director, Subimal Chakrobouti, was told about the suspension in an email Saturday night.
Rubin said no specific reason was given, but said his client is being made a scapegoat.
The attorney says a transportation maintenance engineer also was suspended.
At least 30 inches of snow fell across eastern Long Island.
Hundreds were stranded on roadways for hours.
Meanwhile, a town highway official in Brookhaven resigned Wednesday after reports that some residents had to wait days to get their neighborhoods plowed.