NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's jails commissioner says it's "disappointing" hundreds of guards called in sick during a snowstorm last month.
But Joseph Ponte (pahnt) said following a public meeting Tuesday historically it's not unusual for large numbers of correction officers to miss work during storms.
Chief of Department Martin Murphy told an oversight board 419 officers called in sick Jan. 26 and another 780 called in sick the next day. About 5,600 were scheduled each day.
Union boss Norman Seabrook denies any labor action. He says many female officers had to stay home with their children when the city cancelled school. He says others couldn't commute when the subway system was closed and road travel was banned.
Meteorologists and city officials had warned of a historic storm, but only about 8 inches of snow fell in the city.