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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Generally cloudy. High 24. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low near 10. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Social Media Workshop for Social Media Pros

Lyons Mortgage Services is hosting a social media workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Lyons Astoria, 48-02 25th Ave., #303, Astoria. Please email mbialokur@elyons.com to RSVP. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Transit advocates, pols to Cuomo: Don’t steal from MTA

A group of mass transit advocates and elected officials held a rally Sunday calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to drop his bid to force the MTA to pay an additional $40 million in bond costs. Read more: CBS New York

Not much snow for NYC, but stinging cold sticks around

A winter storm that had been expected to make a direct hit on the tri-state is passing farther to the south and is only expected to leave up to an inch of snow on New York City Monday, but the relentless cold continues to be a bigger threat for much of the area. Read more: NBC New York

New tracking devices for city vehicles to save money, boost safety: backers

The city is about to start tracking all of its workers’ on-the-clock driving habits and fuel usage with the help of technology more advanced than that of of current “black boxes.” Read more: New York Post

Pre-kindergarten plan could be boom for landlords

Mayor de Blasio’s pre-kindergarten push has set off a land grab among private-school operators who are scrambling for suitable space to house new programs, according to a report. Read more: New York Post

Diversity wins big at 86th Oscars

Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Plentiful sunshine. High 24. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low near 15. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: International Painting NYC III 

The Jeffrey Leder Gallery presents an expansive exhibit that will occupy two floors of the gallery. International Painting NYC III features work from over 20 painters from 10 countries. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is located at 21-37 45th Road, LIC. Through March 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD unveils 7-step new training protocols

The New York Police Department unveiled new, “common-sense” training protocols aimed at improving relations with communities that feel alienated by the police stop-and-frisk practice. Read more: ABC New York

Parents outraged by de Blasio barring 3 charter schools from public space

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has blocked three charter schools from using space inside public school buildings, reversing a decision from his predecessor and making good on a campaign promise to rein in the influence of private education providers. Read more: AP

Bratton bucking St. Patrick’s Day parade boycott

Police Commissioner William Bratton says he will march in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Read more: New York Post

New nutrition labels would highlight calories and sugar

Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Arctic front brings record-breaking cold, howling winds

Record-breaking cold and howling winds froze the tri-state overnight as temperatures dropped to 10 degrees in New York City and and below zero in at least one suburb, with wind gusts making it feel even worse. Read more: NBC New York

NYC recovers from another storm; more snow in forecast


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Photo by Victor G. Mimoni

Updated 6:50 p.m.

The borough was once again buried in almost a foot of snow after the sixth storm of the season struck the city Thursday, and even more flakes could fall this weekend.

Snowfall totals around Queens varied, but Bayside reported as much as 11.8 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

For the second day in a row, residents faced a less-than-perfect morning commute with a hazardous travel advisory still in effect through Friday morning.

The MTA said service should be close to normal on subways, buses and Long Island Rail Road for the evening commute.

The situation for commuters Friday was much better than yesterday morning when heavy snow coated the roads.

Despite those dangerous conditions the city’s public schools were open Thursday.

Parents, students, teachers and even famed weatherman Al Roker blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep the schools open.

De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, however, defended the move.

“Based on our knowledge, we were convinced kids could get to schools this morning,” de Blasio said Thursday. “So many families depend on their schools as a place for their kids to be during the day.”

The total attendance at city schools was only 44.65 percent yesterday, according to a preliminary report from the Department of Education (DOE) released Thursday afternoon.

Public schools were again open Friday and all field trips, after-school programs and PSAL activities are operating normally, the DOE said.

“We understand that weather conditions may be challenging for families. As always, parents should exercise their own judgment with regard to their children. Safety is a top priority for the Department, and we make these decisions only after careful consideration. We want to thank parents, students, and educators for your cooperation during this very difficult winter,” Fariña said.

Alternate side parking regulations, and garbage and recycling pick-up are suspended through Saturday.

The Department of Sanitation will likely be spending the weekend clearing snow off the streets.

The city agency has issued a “snow alert” starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

About 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall during the day tomorrow, starting in the early morning, according to NWS.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High around 40. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Twelfth Night

Aquila Theatre’s superb cast presents Shakespeare’s timeless comedy with never-before-seen innovation, theatricality and modernity. Feb. 14- Feb 16 at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winter storm wallops tri-state with double punch of snow

A nor’easter swirled over the tri-state and delivered a double punch of snow over a 30-hour period that topped 14 inches in parts of the area by the time it moved out Friday morning. Read more: NBC New York

Mayor de Blasio defends calling police following political supporter’s arrest

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the defense following a call he placed to the New York Police Department to inquire about the arrest of one of his political supporters. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Comcast buys Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States. Read more: CNN

American Dental Association: Brush with fluoride toothpaste before age 2

New guidelines from the American Dental Association say children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth. Read more: CBS New York

Student’s Facebook page mocks NYC schools chief, goes viral

A Facebook page blasting schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s call to send kids to class in a raging Nor’easter went viral Thursday – and made the 15-year-old Staten Island student who launched it an instant hero with peers, teachers and parents. Read more: New York Post

PHOTOS: Feb. 13 winter storm


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Photo by Victor G. Mimoni

A snowstorm that first hit overnight created a messy commute Thursday morning as New Yorkers dealt with more ugly winter weather.

Here’s a look, through photos, of conditions in Queens.

If you want The Queens Courier to include your snow photos in our gallery, let us know by tweeting them to@queenscourier or by posting them on our Facebook page.

 

Snow again: Winter storm to strike city Thursday


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Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Updated 6:10 p.m.

Get ready for some more snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted 8 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow through Friday morning. A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Friday.

Wednesday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed state agencies to prepare for the impending Nor’easter winter storm.

This one will bring a mix of snow, sleet and rain as well as windy conditions, according to the NWS.

““I have again directed state agencies to prepare and coordinate resources for the Nor’easter that is forecasted for late tonight and into Thursday,” Cuomo said. “As we have done in previous storms this season, the State is directing necessary resources to the areas in greatest need, and we will be flexible in our ability to redirect equipment and personnel as the storm reaches the state.”

Snow will develop around 3 a.m., and continue throughout the day before tapering off about 24 hours later. During the day, with temperatures hovering around the mid-30s, there will be a mixture of snow, sleet and rain, according to the NWS. Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph during the storm.

Subways plan to operate on normal weekday schedule during the morning rush hour. The LIRR is developing service plans for the coming storm, and may offer extra afternoon service. To track developments, click here.

Buses may reduce service by up to 20 percent if conditions warrant. Alternate side parking regulations are suspended through Saturday, but meters remain in effect.

In preparation of the inclement weather, the city’s Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert,” starting at 1 a.m. Thursday. It said its plows and spreader will be ready, but trash and recycling pickups will need to be delayed during its snow operations.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: A wintry mix this morning will become lighter in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Snow and ice accumulating 1 to 3 inches. Wednesday night: Cloudy early, becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low near 20. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Do the Math

The North Presbyterian Church of Flushing and Resilience NYC Meetup will host a free screening of climate change documentary “Do the Math” from 7-9 p.m. Following the screening, there will be a facilitated discussion about how to make our neighborhoods more sustainable and resilient. A resource guide with links to existing NYC programs will be provided. The Church is located at 25-33 154th St. in Flushing. For more information call 212- 319-3750. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Another round of snow, plus sleet, freezing rain target city

For the second time this week, the city is experiencing a bout of nasty winter weather. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cops looking into death of Jamaica 2-year-old

Police are investigating the death of a toddler after he was discovered unconscious at his Jamaica home Tuesday, the NYPD said. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio won’t march in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city’s signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs. Read more: NBC New York

NY Assembly Speaker Silver wants to delay Common Core tests

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has called for at least a two-year delay in the use of Common Core-aligned tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals or students.Read more: Fox New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman autopsy results expected Wednesday

The investigation into actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death continues as detectives await preliminary results of an autopsy, which are expected to be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday. Read more: ABC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of snow. Snow will be heavy at times especially this morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Monday night: Scattered snow flurries and snow showers possible this evening. Becoming mostly clear later. Low 24. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing. Submit an event of your own

Winter storm warning issued; 5 to 8 inches expected

More snow is on its way for New York City, just as Staten Island Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter. Read more: The Queens Courier 

32-year-old man arrested in Sunnyside hit-and-run of four pedestrians

A 32-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested Sunday in connection to a hit-and-run in Sunnyside Saturday night that left five people in the hospital. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cuomo may have Senate votes to block de Blasio’s pre-K tax hike

Gov. Cuomo, aided by a coalition of Senate Republicans and upstate Democrats, will defeat Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K this year, a leading legislative Democrat has told The Post. Read more: New York Post 

Transit woes, mild temperatures mark Super Bowl XLVIII

The first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in the nation’s most congested region confounded skeptics on the first count, as unseasonably warm temperatures served as a pleasant backdrop for Sunday’s NFL title game. Read more: NBC New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in Manhattan apartment

He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world’s greatest actors. Read more: AP

Major snowfall, freezing temps target NYC


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THE COURIER/File photo

Updated 11:40 p.m.

New York City was set for its second significant storm of the month Tuesday, with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures predicted.

This storm is on pace to be larger than the previous storm, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning from 12 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The snow, however, was already falling by the morning commute.

By the evening, the storm had intensified and 10 to 14 inches of flakes are now expected in the city, the mayor said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday afternoon declared a State of Emergency for New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties.

De Blasio said he wanted  “New Yorkers to stay in to the maximum amount possible this evening” so the sanitation department can do its work.

“The safest thing to do tonight is stay home,” he said.

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issued a snow alert, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

More than 2,000 sanitation are out now, working 12-hour shifts, and 450 salt spreaders have already been deployed, the mayor said. There are also more than 1,700 vehicles with snow plows that are being deployed as the snow accumulates.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Alternate side parking is suspended Wednesday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect

Trash and recycling pickups are also suspended for Wednesday.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is warning motorists to drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and have the name and number of at least one local towing service. A hazardous travel advisory is in effect for Wednesday.

For anyone traveling on public transportation, the MTA has plans in place to deal with any adverse weather conditions.

After express subway service was “curtailed” after the evening rush hour Tuesday, the MTA said service should be near normal Wednesday, with express service restored during the morning rush hour. Buses will operate at 80 to 90 percent of normal levels depending on customer demand, and service will be subject to delays based on local road conditions.

Fastrack work on the E,F,M,R Queens Blvd. Line has been canceled for the remainder of the week to free up personnel for snow fighting and cleanup after the storm.

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) reduced service after 8 p.m. Tuesday on a branch-by-branch basis. After 8 p.m., service was also reduced on the Metro-North.

On Wednesday, Metro-North will operate 80 to 85 percent of its normal weekday service, with some trains combined and some delays possible based on the condition of track and power systems. The LIRR will operate on a weekend schedule.

For more information, or to see any additional MTA service changes, click here.

The snow is not expected to taper off until 3 or 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The city’s public schools, however, will be open tomorrow, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced late Tuesday night.

The mayor cautioned New Yorkers about the bitter cold that is accompanying the snow. Temperatures will be very low and wind chills will make it worse, he said.

The low Tuesday night will be around 19,  but with gusts as high as 33 mph, wind chill values will be low as -11, according to NWS.

Though the snow will end by Wednesday, highs will remain in the high teens and lows in the single digits and teens for the next few days, with wind chill factors below zero.

 

Op-ed: Stay safe – and warm – this winter


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 SALVATORE J. CASSANO

More than a third of all serious fires in New York City happen during the winter months, when people often resort to unsafe measures, as they attempt to heat their homes and stay warm. As a result, there are many preventable fires resulting in unnecessary loss of life and property.

Some fires are caused by unattended open flames, such as decorative or commemorative candles, fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. They should never be left unattended and you should always extinguish them completely before going to bed at night.

Other fires are caused by electric heating equipment and the devices used in conjunction with them, like extension cords and power strips. Portable space heaters and electric blankets can be extremely dangerous if they are poorly maintained, inappropriately powered, or – in the case of space heaters – placed too close to combustible objects. You should not purchase these products, or any power strips or extension cords unless they are Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) approved and have the UL mark. You should also periodically check the integrity of these products to ensure that they don’t become too worn or damaged for use.

Most importantly, every home should have working smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors. These devices save lives. We know this because in nearly 80 percent of the fire deaths in recent years, the Fire Department found no working smoke alarm present.

We have made education about the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms a cornerstone of our Fire Safety Education (FSE) effort. Teams of Fire Safety Educators conduct hundreds of information sessions each year throughout the city, reaching about 600,000 New Yorkers every year, and at the same time they distribute hundreds of thousands of free smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries and tens of thousands of detectors.

During the last year we’ve focused our fire safety efforts on communities impacted by Sandy, because of the many problems associated with the storm in these areas. Dozens of serious fires occurred both during and in the aftermath of the storm, as salt water impacted home electrical systems, and residents in these areas resorted to unconventional and even dangerous ways of heating and powering their homes. This winter, through the Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe Program, Fire Safety Educators have been reaching out to older New Yorkers in areas of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island that were hit hardest by the storm, hosting educational events, visiting homes to conduct fire safety reviews and discuss fire safety exit plans, and installing smoke, carbon monoxide and hard-of-hearing alarms.

The FDNY has done an extraordinary job in reducing the number of fatal fires in New York City in the last decade – which has been overall the safest in nearly a century of recordkeeping. But, even one death by fire is too many – so, our goal and commitment is to do everything possible to protect everyone from the danger of fires and that starts with prevention.

Please do your part in protecting yourself and your family by adhering to these basic winter fire safety tips, which can be viewed in full at: on.nyc.gov/JhUFjt.

Remember – working smoke detectors save lives! Please make sure you have them in your home!

Salvatore J. Cassano is New York City’s 32nd Fire Commissioner

 

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Street Talk: How do you think Mayor de Blasio handled Hercules?


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He did an excellent job; the snow was moved from the streets right away.
Anthony Palermo

The new mayor did a good job with the snow; hopefully we will continue doing well in other areas as well.
Rocco Manzolillo

It seems he did fine. I noticed there were fewer streets that were unplowed.  I’m not sure if that would mean giving the mayor credit or if he just has good people working for him, regardless it got done.
Linda Gold

I was surprised that schools were actually closed, but I love a snow day.  I thought everything was cleaned up well the next day.
Jennifer Fioranelli

It seemed everything was adequately done. There were trucks cleaning up throughout the night and day.
George Nichols

Around here everything was cleared out and I feel de Blasio handled it more effectively than Bloomberg had done in the past.
Ethan Geffen

I think he did a good job cleaning up the snow.
Daphne Dimitriadiou

This was his first real test as mayor and I feel that he succeeded.  I did not notice any major problems in my neighborhood, so I feel he did a good job in cleaning up the snow.
Ayda Zuniga

 

-KATELYN DISALVO

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Sunny. High near 25. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 19. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam

At 5 p.m., individuals can learn more about jazz and play with the Queens Jazz OverGround. At 7 p.m., musicians are invited to jam with QJOG and anybody else who shows up. $10 for spectators, free from performers and students. Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Second day of bitter cold bears down on tri-state, thaw ahead

A second icy morning is chilling the tri-state Wednesday, but commuters should see warmer temperatures as teeth-chattering cold brought on by a frigid, swirling system known as a polar vortex begins to ease out of the area. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo lays out his agenda for NY in election year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to deliver an election-year State of the State address touting tax breaks and economic successes. Read more: AP

More than 100 ex-NYC workers faked disabilities, got federal benefits: officials

More than 100 former police officers, firefighters and other city workers are accused of faking mental disabilities in order to get tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits each year, authorities announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

De Blasio tries tosway City Council speaker vote

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the unusual decision to forcefully interject himself into the race for the powerful post leading the City Council, may have helped engineer a victory for his preferred candidate. Read more: CBS New York/AP

New York scores high for school choice in report

New York is right near the top of a new nationwide scorecard on school choice — a status it could kiss goodbye under the policies of Mayor de Blasio. Read more: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Abundant sunshine. High 13. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Tuesday night: A clear sky. Low 11. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Raze preview screening and discussion 

Come to the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. for a preview screening and discussion of Raze, part of the ongoing martial arts series, Fist and Sword. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell headlines a sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. Zoë Bell will be there in person. Click here for more info

New York area warned about severe freezing temperatures

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and other area agencies are warning residents throughout the Tri-State about prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather. Read more: ABC New York

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen Confirmed As Fed Chair

The Senate has easily approved Brooklyn native Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Deal eyed in for suspect in cop beating

Several dozen uniformed cops packed a Queens courtroom on Monday to support one of their own who was brutally beaten almost to death by a muscular stranger while cellphone cameras recorded the bloody incident. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio’s pre-K push still lacks Cuomo support

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio surrounded himself with labor leaders Monday morning, the latest choreographed show of support for his signature campaign promise to fund universal pre-kindergarten programs with a tax increase on the wealthy. Read more: AP

Head of Metro-North stepping down: source

The head of the Metro-North Railroad is stepping down after a year marred by a fatal derailment in the Bronx, a train collision in Connecticut, a worker’s death and a 12-day power loss to one of the authority’s busiest lines, a source familiar with the situation told NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

 

Hercules flexing his muscles in first storm of 2014


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THE COURIER/File photo

Updated Friday, January 3, 7:05 a.m.

The year is starting out with a shot of nasty weather that is predicted to bring near-blizzard conditions to the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday afternoon to prepare officials for winter storm Hercules, which is forecasted to bring five to nine inches of snow to the city.

“To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a statewide state of emergency, so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible,” he said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning until 1 p.m. Friday.

Cuomo also announced the Long Island Expressway will be closed from midnight to 8 a.m. on Friday from the Queens/Nassau County border and east. The Northern State Parkway and all MTA bridges and tunnels will remain open.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors,” he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized the “forecast could change at any moment.”

“That’s why it’s so important for everyone to pay close attention to updates in the coming hours,” he said at his administration’s first press conference Thursday evening.

Alternate side parking has been suspended Friday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

All express subway service will run local for the start of the morning rush hour, until all stored trains are moved from the express tracks. Riders should expect delays on city buses due to the weather. The Long Island Rail Road is operating on a weekend schedule effective 12:01 a.m. Friday. The Metro-North is running on a reduced schedule after 8  p.m. Thursday, and a Saturday schedule on Friday. To see any additional MTA service changes, click here.

The weather is also affecting air travel. All flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) were suspended as of about 6:12 a.m., but the airport will remain open. Flights could resume in a couple of hours, said the FAA. Thousands of flights have reportedly been canceled across the country Friday, and travelers are urged to check with their carriers before heading to the airport.

City officials have no plan to close specific streets yet, but will monitor that need as the storm progresses, de Blasio said.

The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has put 2,300 workers on 12-hour shifts, and 1,700 trucks with snow plows will be deployed once two inches of snow hit the ground. To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park had accumulated more than 5 inches of snow as of 4 a.m., according to NWS.

Senior centers throughout the city will be closed through Friday, and de Blasio urged city residents to keep a close eye on the homeless population.

Joe Bruno, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) commissioner, said the NYPD, FDNY, EMS and other emergency officials will “work around the clock until this is over.”

OEM has issued a hazardous travel advisory for Friday, and is warning motorists to drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and have the name and number of at least one local towing service.

Temperatures will be blustery, with a high Friday of 17 and low around 8. Wind chill, however, could make the weather feel as cold as 10 below zero, de Blasio said.

Borough residents hit grocery stores and gas stations Thursday afternoon to prepare for the impending storm. People were piling into the Waldbaums on Francis Lewis Boulevard just “picking up extras,” but said “the crazies” would be sure to clear the shelves in the hours to come.

“I’m getting extras just in case,” said Anita Oberwiler, who anticipated frantic shoppers to come rushing through as the afternoon pressed on.

 

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City to get another round of snow


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Get ready for some more snow.

For the third time in a week, another round of flakes will hit New York City.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert” starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday and will be deploying its snow fighting equipment as needed. Alternate side parking has been suspended Tuesday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has also  issued a “travel advisory” for tomorrow.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected Tuesday.

The flakes will start falling after 3 a.m., but could mix with rain before tapering off in the afternoon. The high tomorrow will be around 35.

Tuesday night the low will be around 24 with a chance of snow, mainly before 7 p.m.., according to the NWS.

 

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