BROOKLYN - A federal investigation has been opened into allegations that the Department of Sanitation knowingly slowed its snow cleanup efforts in protest of the city's budget cuts.

Investigators will review evidence including alleged videos of sanitation workers driving down unplowed streets with their plows up and reports of workers sitting in coffee shops all night instead of doing their job.

In a statement to News 12, the president of the sanitation union said that he doesn't know anything about a slowdown and welcomes the investigation.

Residents are hoping that answers come soon and that the Sanitation Department picks up the trash that's piled up over the past week.

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