04/13/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mayors Learn The Politics Of Snow Removal

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, whose city has been overwhelmed by record snowfall, knows the clock is ticking. While residents have been relatively understanding -- so far -- about delays in plowing roads and clearing sidewalks, he recognizes the perils for politicians who do not get their cities cleaned up quickly.

"Snow will test people's patience," the mayor, who faces a tough re-election fight in November, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "A government official who's in tune with his residents knows that you've got to move fast."

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