State of emergency declared ahead of Saturday’s nor’easter, resources deployed for New Yorkers
Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as New York braces for the January nor’easter.
The state of emergency goes into effect as of 8 p.m. Friday.
Hochul says this will provide more opportunities to protect New Yorkers.
"What that does is that gives us the extraordinary powers for additional purchasing of equipment or transferring individuals. Just so everyone knows that's how seriously we're taking it,” said Hochul.
Hochul says that on a state level, they have been preparing for the storm since earlier this week. The governor says temperatures will be dangerous and continues to advise drivers to stay off of the roads.
Mayor Eric Adams joined with the Department of Transportation and the city’s Sanitation Department to say they were prepared.
DSNY says it has 280,000 tons of salt on hand and 1,800 plows to handle the roads.
“Well, you know my favorite saying is you have to inspect what you expect or it’s suspect. And so I’m going to be on the ground. I’m going to be going into those areas that traditionally didn’t see the response that I think we could have done a better job in, and I’m going to speak directly with the commissioner. Because the obligation no matter how great the team is ... I'm responsible to make sure this city is up and operating,” said Adams.
The mayor is also asking New Yorkers to use public transportation as the snow can create widespread travel issues.