Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday reversed course and admitted that the Upper East Side was not plowed properly during the storm. Residents aired suspicions of payback for not supporting him. But the mayor says a traffic jam kept snow plows from clearing the streets. "The snow hit right before rush hour; in some parts of the city where there's a high concentration of vehicles, it created a real jam-up," de Blasio said. He ordered the Department of Sanitation to "double-down" on cleanup efforts in the area after visiting in the evening. He also defended his decision to keep schools open despite conditions. Attendance dropped to only 47.1 percent yesterday.
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