Mayor de Blasio Hosts Media Availability on Severe Weather


>>> UNFORTUNATELY, WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF SNOW. WE ARE SEEING THE BEGINNING OF SERIOUS ACCUMULATION IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CITY. WE EXPECT A LOT MORE AS THE DAY PROGRESSES, PARTICULARLY DURING THE EVENING RUSH HOURS. I WILL SAY IT NOW AND AT DIFFERENT POINTS IN THIS SESSION. THE NUMBER ONE MESSAGE IS THAT EVENING RUSH HOUR IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. AT TIMES IT IS GOING TO BE VERY HARD TO SEE IF YOU’RE OUT THERE ON THE ROADS. WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL NEW YORKERS RIGHT NOW, IF YOU DON’T NEED TO BE OUT THIS EVENING DON’T GO OUT. IF YOU ARE AT WORK RIGHT NOW, TRY AND LEAVE EARLY IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN. EMPLOYERS, TRY AND LET YOUR STAFF OUT EARLY BECAUSE WE EXPECT FROM ABOUT 4:00 ON THE SNOW TO START TO ACCUMULATE VERY, VERY QUICKLY. THAT’S GOING TO CREATE TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY ON THE ROADS. IT IS ALSO GOING TO CREATE CAN CHALLENGES FOR MASS TRANSIT. CLEARLY AS IN ALL WEATHER SITUATIONS, YOU ARE BETTER OFF ON MASS TRANSIT THAN YOU ARE IN A CAR, BUT EVEN MASS TRANSIT COULD BE AFFECTED BY IN KIND OF INTENSE SNOW IF WHAT WE’RE HEARING RIGHT NOW COMES TO PASS. SO I WANT TO URGE EVERYONE, TRY AND GET HOME EARLY, TRY TO STAY OFF THE ROADS. LET ME GIVE YOU THE PROJECTIONS AT THIS MOMENT. RIGHT NOW FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, A RANGE OF 12 INCHES TO 18 INCHES FOR NEW YORK CITY. REMIND EVERYONE, THAT CAN CHANGE AT ANY GIVEN POINT UP OR DOWN. BUT WE JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH THE WEATHER SERVICE AND THAT’S THE CURRENT PROJECTION, 12 INCHES TO 18 INCHES. IT WILL VARY, OF COURSE, ACROSS DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY. THE TIME FRAME TO WORRY ABOUT, AGAIN, 4:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M. DURING THAT TIME FRAME THE PROJECTION IS THE PER HOUR PRECIPITATION WILL BE ONE INCHES PROSECUTOR PROSECUTOR — PER HOUR. I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE ONCE YOU GET ABOVE ONE INCH PER HOUR, IT FEELS BLIZZARD-LIKE. TALKING TWO TO THREE INCHES PER HOUR, THAT’S VERY LIMITED VISIBILITY. TOUGH FOR THE SNOWPLOWS TO KEEP UP WITH. THE SANITATION DEPARTMENT DOES AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB, BUT THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE HOW QUICKLY THE SNOW IS COMING DOWN. IT TAKES TIME TO CATCH UP WITH THE ACCUMULATION. ANOTHER GREAT REASON TO BE OFF THE ROADS IN THAT TIME FRAME, 4:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M. IS TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF THE PLOWS SO THEY CAN DO THEIR WORK. I WANT TO GIVE YOU UPDATES ON WIND AND TEMPERATURE. WINDS, WE’RE HEARING FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GUSTS OF UP TO 40 MILES PURCHASE HOUR. SO IT WILL BE A PRETTY WINDY SITUATION TO ADD TO THE VISIBILITY CHALLENGES AND THE SNOW ACCUMULATION. YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL THE WIND OUT THERE. IT IS GOING TO MAKE DRIVING TOUGHER, WALKING TOUGHER. TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT. AGAIN, IT WILL BE PARTICULARLY TOUGH DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON, EARLY EVENING HOURS. TEMPERATURE, THIS IS MAYBE THE ONE SILVER LINING IN THE EQUATION. RIGHT NOW TEMPERATURE IS HOVERING AROUND FREEZING, MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT BELOW, BUT WE’RE NOT GETTING THE BITTER, BITTER COLD TEMPERATURE ALSO WE’VE HAD IN SOME OF THE PAST STORMS, AND THE PROJECTION FOR TOMORROW IS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD. WE MIGHT HAVE TEMPERATURES INTO THE LOW 40s. THAT WILL CERTAINLY HELP A LOT IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH. I TALKED TO OUR SANITATION COMMISSIONER, YOU’LL HEAR FROM HER IN A MINUTE. HER ASSESSMENT, WHICH HAS PROVEN TO BE VERY ACCURATE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, IS THAT IF THE STORM STAYS ON THIS CURRENT TRAJECTORY, THIS CURRENT TIME FRAME, WE WILL BE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE FOR THE MORNING RUSH HOUR TOMORROW. BUT THAT’S SOMETHING WE WILL KEEP UPDATING YOU ON AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION. AGAIN, TO NOTE THAT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT 4:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M. RANGE, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS. SO EXPECT THE WORST DURING THAT TIME FRAME. AND AS I ALWAYS REMIND PEOPLE, THAT COULD CHANGE. IT COULD GO LATER, IT COULD GO EARLIER, IT COULD GO LONGER. WE WILL KEEP UP DATING YOU. THE SANITATION DEPARTMENT OUT IN FORCE. THE COMMISSIONER WILL GO OVER IT BUT THEY HAVE ALL OF THEIR EQUIPMENT OUT, THEIR PERSONNEL OUT, AND THEY CERTAINLY KNOW HOW TO HANDLE A SITUATION LIKE THIS. ALTERNATE SIDE OF THE STREET PARKING SUSPENDED TODAY AND TOMORROW. PLEASE, IF YOU DON’T NEED TO MOVE YOUR CAR, LEAVE IT WHERE IT IS. THAT’S GOOD FOR EVERYONE. CODE BLUE IN EFFECT CITY WIDE. ON SOME OTHER TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION POINTS, STATEN ISLAND FERRY NORMAL SCHEDULE BUT KEEP AN EYE ON THE INFORMATION WE’RE PUTTING OUT BECAUSE THAT COULD CHANGE OBVIOUSLY. NYC FERRY RIGHT NOW MOST LINES NORMAL, BUT THE ROCKAWAY LINE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED BASED ON THE CONDITIONS THERE. AIRPORTS, FLIGHTS ARE LIMITED RIGHT NOW. I AM CERTAIN THAT IS GOING TO GET WORSE AS THE DAY GOES BY. I WOULD SUSPECT VERY FEW FLIGHTS WILL BE HAPPENING LATER IN THE DAY. CHECK YOUR AIRLINES BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING. CITY BIKE WILL BE SUSPENDED AT 1:00 TODAY. I WANT TO SAY, NEW YORKERS ARE ALWAYS EXTRAORDINARY WHNCW ADVERSITY AND EXTRAORDINARY WITH COMPASSION FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS. IF THERE’S ANYONE IN YOUR BUILDING, ON YOUR BLOCK YOU KNOW THAT MIGHT BE VULNERABLE, A SENIOR, SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY HEALTH NEED, CHECK ON THEM, SEE IF THEY NEED ANYTHING. THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE. FINALLY, IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY PROBLEM WITH HEAT OR HOT WATER CALL 311 RIGHT AWAY AND REPORT IT SO WE CAN GET TO WORK MAKING SURE IT IS RESTORED. AND THEN IF THERE’S ANY LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY CALL 911 AS ALWAYS. QUICKLY IN SPANISH. [ SPEAKING IN SPANISH ] [ SPEAKING IN SPANISH ]. >>WITH THAT I WANT TO TURN FIRST TO OUR COMMISSIONER FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, JOE ESPOSITO, FOR AN UPDATE.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. WELCOME TO SPRING, EVERYBODY. THE CITY’S EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER HAS BEEN ACTIVATED SINCE EARLY THIS MORNING WITH DOZENS OF OUR CITY AND STATE AGENCY PARTNERS WORKING TO HANDLE THE RESPONSE TO THE STORM. ACTUALLY, WE HAVE A 12:00 CALL WITH FEMA TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN SUPPLY IF NECESSARY. WE ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AS THE MAY SAID. WE JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH THEM. THE FORECAST IS AS THE MAYOR SAID. WE HAVE PLACED SOME OF OUR TASK FORCES ON ALERT, OUR DOWNED TREE TASK FORCE AND TOW TRUCK TASK FORCE. MATTER OF FACT, THE TOW TRUCK TASK FORCE WILL BE ACTIVATED AS OF NOON TODAY, WHICH IS A LITTLE WHILE FROM NOW. AGAIN, TRY TO STAY OFF THE ROAD. WE ALSO HAVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL DEPLOYED ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. IN ADDITION, THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER IS OPERATION AND WE HAVE PERSONNEL THERE IN CASE ANY KIND OF POWER OUTAGES COME BY. WE WOULD EXPECT SOME. THIS IS GOING TO BE SOME HEAVY, WET SNOW. A LOT OF WIND. SO AREAS THAT HAVE OVERHEAD WIRES MIGHT HAVE SOME TEMPORARY POWER OUTAGES AND WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH ConED AND PSE&G TO DEAL WITH IT AS FAST AS WE CAN. IF YOU ARE GOING OUT TO SHOVEL, YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY CAUTIOUS TODAY. IT WILL BE HEAVY, WET SNOW. TAKE IT VERY SLOW. DRESS WARM. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE BREAKS. AS THE MAYOR SAID, CHECK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBORS, YOUR RELATIVES. YOU HAVE SOME FOLKS THAT ARE ELDERLY OR HAVE MEDICAL CONDITIONS, DON’T LET THEM GO OUT AND SHOVEL. HELP THEM OR HAVE SOMEONE DO IT FOR THEM. CHECK IN ON THEM IF THEY NEED MEDICAL SUPPLIES. UPDATES, SIGN UP FOR NOTE FIVE NYC, THE CITY’S FREE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SITUATION. YOU CAN GO TO NYC.gov OR CALL 3411. WE HAVE INFORMATION FROM NEW JERSEY TRAN I THINK — NEW JERSEY TRANSIT WILL BE SUSPENDING BUS SERVICE AT 3:00.>>FINALLY, OUR SANITATION COMMISSIONER CATHERINE GARCIA.>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR. AS THE MAYOR SAID, WE ARE FULLY DEPLOYED AT THIS POINT IN TIME. WE WERE SPREADING SALT ON THE OVERNIGHT AHEAD OF THE STORM. THE PLOWS STARTED TO ROLL AROUND 10:00 A.M. AS WE GOT TO THAT TWO-INCH MARK VARIED ACROSS THE CITY. IN ADDITION, WE ARE JOINED BY OUR SISTER AGENCIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT. THEY HAVE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL 131 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT. WE ARE IN 12-HOUR SHIFTS AND WE WILL STAY IN 12-HOUR SHIFTS UNTIL WE ARE THROUGH WITH THIS EVENT. WE HAVE PLENTY OF SALT ON HAND. WE HAVE 227,000 TONS OF SALT — OR WE DID WHEN WE STARTED YESTERDAY. WE DO ANTICIPATE WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND I URGE PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADS IF THEY CAN, BECAUSE WITH THE PLOWS OUT THERE IT WILL BE SAFER FOR EVERYONE. I KNOW THAT THE COMMUTE IN THIS MORNING WAS VERY, VERY LIGHT, SO I THANK NEW YORKERS FOR TAKING THE STORM VERY SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU.>>COMMISSIONER. WE WILL TAKE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STORM. YES, SIR. >>HI, MAYOR. GREG MARKHAM. THIS IS, WHAT, THE FOURTH ONE OF THESE IN THREE WEEKS. WHAT’S BEING DONE DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME? IS IT STAFFING? MAKING SURE THAT THE ROADS ARE GETTING PLOWED?>>IF ANYONE DOESN’T THINK THERE’S CLIMATE CHANGE, THERE’S FURTHER EVIDENCE. BUT, LOOK, WE HAVE LEARNED FROM EACH STORM, YOU KNOW, WHAT TO DO. I THINK EVERY AGENCY IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND THEY’RE COORDINATING WELL. SANITATION HAS REALLY PERFECTED HOW TO GET A LOT OF EQUIPMENT OUT, HOW TO DEAL WITH EVERY KIND OF NEIGHBORHOOD INCLUDING THE SMALL STREETS. IT’S BEEN A BIG INNOVATION. THAT HAS REALLY BEEN IN EFFECT FOR THE LAST FEW STORMS FOR THE FIRST TIME TO HAVE ALL OF THE NEW EQUIPMENT OUT AND THE ABILITY TO GET TO THE SMALLER STREETS MORE EFFECTIVELY. BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO — AND WE LEARN EACH TIME — IS THE MINUTE WE KNOW THAT WE CAN GIVE PEOPLE CLEAR INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY ON THE SCHOOLS, WHEN WE FEEL WE HAVE A CLEAR PATH FORWARD, WE WANT TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT. WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT OUT BEFORE 6:00 YESTERDAY. OBVIOUSLY I CAN SAY FROM DRIVING AROUND TODAY IN MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN, YOU KNOW, IT IS QUITE CLEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AS YOU HEARD, HEEDED THE WARNING AND STAYED BACK AND NOT HAVING THE SCHOOL BUSSES OUT THERE AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES MOVING AROUND HELPED A LOT. SO I DO THINK THE EARLY WARNING ARE HELPING. PEOPLE ARE REALLY LISTENING. I THANK NEW YORKERS FOR THAT. AND THAT’S ALLOWING SANITATION TO DO THEIR JOB. YES?>>YOU SAID TOMORROW MORNING THINGS SHOULD BE FINE. WHY DO WE BELIEVE THAT? I MEAN OBVIOUSLY THE STORM — WHY DO WE BELIEVE THAT?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THE IMPORTANT THING TO SAY IS WE BELIEVE THAT AT THIS HOUR. IF SOMETHING CHANGES, WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD ABOUT THAT. WHY WE BELIEVE IT RIGHT NOW? BECAUSE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS SAYING THE WORST WILL BE OVER BY 10:00 P.M., AND ALL SNOWFALL WILL BE OVER BY MIDNIGHT. WE HAVE HAD A GOOD START TO THE DAY IN TERMS OF SANITATION BEING ABLE TO MOVE AROUND AND DO THEIR JOB. AS YOU HEARD, THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, THEY HAVE THE SALT AND EVERYTHING THEY NEED. IF THAT TIMELINE HOLDS — AND COMMISSIONER CAN TALK ABOUT IT IN MORE DETAIL — SHE IS CONFIDENT SHE CAN PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER TO HAVE THE ROADS SUFFICIENTLY CLEAR FOR A NORMAL RUSH HOUR. WHY DON’T YOU SPEAK TO THE DETAILS A LITTLE MORE.>>CERTAINLY. FOR US IT IS REALLY GOING TO BE ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO STAY AHEAD OF THIS STORM. WHILE WE DO THINK IT IS VERY INTENSE, WE HAVE THE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT TO STAY AHEAD OF THE STORM. BUT IT IS ABOUT ONCE WE GET TO THE CESSATION OF SNOWFALL AND HAVING THOSE HOURS ON THE OVERNIGHT TO BE ABLE TO REALLY GO OUT AND CLEAR THE STREETS. IF THE STORM STALLS AND THAT SNOW DOESN’T STOP UNTIL MUCH, MUCH LATER, THEN WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU AND TELL YOU THAT WE DON’T ANTICIPATE IT TO BE QUITE AS NORMAL A MORNING COMMUTE.>>AND I’LL ADD, YOU KNOW, WE WILL KEEP INSTRUCTING PEOPLE ACCORDINGLY. SO WE CONSTANTLY HAVE TO WATCH THE EVOLUTION OF EACH STORM, AND THEN ADJUST THE PUBLIC MESSAGES. SO I WOULD SAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ON THEIR 11:00 NEWS AND ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS AROUND THAT TIME BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN WE WILL KNOW IF THE CURRENT PROJECTIONS ACTUALLY HELD OR IF WE GOT AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE. YES. >>MAYOR, I KNOW NYCHA WAS ROLLING OUT THE SITUATION ROOM SET UP TO RESPOND TO THE STORM. DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE HOT WATER OUTAGES?>>THINK WE HAVE FIVE DEVELOPMENTS WITH AN ISSUE. OUR GENERAL MANAGER FOR NYCHA, VETO MOCHACHELLA IS HERE. I’LL LET HIM GO OVER IT. >>THANK YOU. WE ACTIVATED OUR SITUATION ROOM ALWAYS OF 6:00 THIS MORNING. WE PLAN TO KEEP IT ACTIVE UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT WE CAN STANDDOWN. WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE HERE AT THE EOC. AS OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO WE HAD REPORTED OUTAGES AT FIVE OF OUR DEVELOPMENTS, AFFECTING 1,810 UNITS. WE DO HAVE REPAIR CREWS AT ALL FIVE LOCATIONS, AND WE FULLY EXPECT TO HAVE THE SERVICES RESTORED BY THE END OF DAY. >>HOW MANY PEOPLE THAT MIGHT AFFECT?>>IT IS ROUGHLY 4,000 RESIDENTS.>>– THAT FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD GO TO WORK, THAT DON’T WANT TO BE PUNISHED IF THEY DON’T SHOW UP. WHAT WILL BE YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THEM?>>WELL, LOOK, THIS MORNING PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO GET TO WORK GENERALLY SPEAKING. THE ROADS WERE PRETTY CLEAR DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOUR. I THINK THE ISSUE NOW IS FOR EMPLOYERS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE EVENING RUSH HOUR IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY TOUGH, AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE LET PEOPLE GO HOME EARLY. SO 4:00 IS A GOOD TIME TO PEG IT TO. FROM 4:00 ON — RIGHT THIS MINUTE WE EXPECT VERY INTENSE PRECIPITATION. AGAIN, ANYTHING CAN CHANGE. I CAN TELL YOU FROM THE PREVIOUS STORMS, ONCE YOU GET PAST ONE-INCH PER HOUR, ESPECIALLY THREE INCHES AN HOUR, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS AND VERY DIFFICULT FOR SANITATION. SO I WOULD ARGUE THE ONUS IS NOT ON THE EMPLOYEES, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHOM WENT TO WORK THIS MORNING AS NORMAL, THE ONUS IS ON EMPLOYERS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE LET EMPLOYEES GO HOME EARLY. SOME CAN’T DO THAT, I UNDERSTAND. BUT IF YOU CAN, IT IS A GOOD TIME TO DO IT. YES?>>YOUR AGENCY — SECOND ONE IN A ROW, CHAIR WOMAN — IS NOT HERE FOR ONE OF THESE AND — HEATING ISSUE CAME UP. WHY IS SHE NOT HERE? WHAT IS SHE DOING TODAY?>>I DON’T KNOW THE HISTORY OF WHO HAS COME FROM EACH AGENCY TO EACH PRESS CONFERENCE WITH EACH STORM. I THINK IT HAS BEEN DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT AGENCIES. I NOTE CHIEF LEONARD IS HERE FROM FIRE AND OTHER TIMES IT MIGHT BE COMMISSIONER NYROBE FOR EXAMPLE. THE FACT IS WHEN IT COMES TO THE OPERATIONAL ISSUES NYCHA IS FACING AT THIS MOMENT, IT IS THE PURVIEW OF THE GENERAL MANAGER. YOU CAN CERTAINLY TALK TO THE CHAIR’S OFFICE ABOUT THE OTHER THINGS SHE IS DOING TODAY. ANYTHING ELSE? [INAUDIBLE]. >>I HAVE SAID IT MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT. I HAVE TREMENDOUS FAITH IN HER. SHE IS THE LEADER OF THAT AGENCY. SHE IS THE STRATEGIC LEADER. THERE ARE OPERATIONAL LEADERS ALSO. YOU HAVE BEHIND ME AS I’M GOING TO USE CHIEF LEONARD AS MY POSTER CHILD, RUNS DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.>>[INAUDIBLE] ].>>LET’S STAY ON THE STORM. GO AHEAD. >>POWER OUTAGES AT NYCHA AND THOSE PEOPLE MAY WANT TO BE WARMING THEIR HOMES. WHAT SHOULD THEY NOT DO AND WHAT SHOULD THEY DO IF THEY WANT TO KEEP WARM IN THEIR HOMES?>>I’M GOING TO START AND THEN VITO, JOE ESPOSITO, WHOEVER WANTS TO CHIME IN. IT IS AN ISSUE. POWER OUTAGES ARE A PART OF LIFE IN STORMS. SOMETIMES HEAT IS OUT. THIS IS TRUE IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS, PUBLIC BUILDING. I GET PEOPLE WANT TO FIND ANY SOURCE OF HEAT, BUT THE DANGER CAN BE EVEN GREATER IF IT IS DONE THE WRONG WAY. PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER USE THEIR OVEN TO HEAT THEIR HOME FOR EXAMPLE. THAT’S A DANGEROUS DYNAMIC. SO I REALLY WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE, IF THERE’S A HEAT PROBLEM, AS YOU HEARD, THERE ARE CREWS ON THE SCENE IN TERMS OF THE NYCHA DEVELOPMENT. IF IT IS A PRIVATE BUILDING, CALL 311 RIGHT AWAY SO WE CAN GET TO WORK GETTING THE LANDLORD TO FIX THE PROBLEM AND THE BUILDING MANAGERS TO FIX THE PROBLEM, OR WE WILL SEND CITY CREWS IF WE’RE NOT GETTING THE RESPONSE WE NEED. BUT IF PEOPLE SOMETIMES TRY AND FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF HEAT IT CAN CREATE SOME REAL DANGER. OBVIOUSLY CHIEF LEONARD CAN SPEAK TO THAT AS WELL. WHOEVER, IN ORDER, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO. >>FIRST, I WOULD PLEAD WITH PEOPLE TO HAVE A WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR, MAKE SURE IT IS WORKING WITH A WORKING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR. SECONDLY, WITH ANY PORTABLE HEATING DEVICE, IT MUST BE APPROVED SAFETY. DO NOT USE EXTENSION CORDS TO ACTIVATE IT. PLUG THAT INTO A WALL OUTLET. THE THIRD WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT HOW CLOSE YOU PUT THAT PORTABLE HEATING DEVICE TO ANY COMBUSTIBLES. FIRST THING IS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR IN THAT ROOM. THE OTHER THING THE MAYOR SAID, USING THE OVEN IS NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR HEATING. THERE’S PROBLEMS WITH CARBON MONOXIDE WITH THAT. WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH HEATING DEVICES. >>ANY OTHERS YOU WANT TO NAME. >>WITH SPACE HEATERS, IF WE’RE USING SPACE HEATERS THEY SHOULD BE UL APPROVED AND MUST BE PLUGGED INTO A WALL OUTLET. DO NOT USE EXTENSION CORDS WHEN USING ANY PORTABLE SPACE HEATERS.>>ALSO WANT TO ADD, VITO?>>AS I SAID EARLIER, WE ARE AT ConED’S COMMAND CENTER. THESE NUMBERS THAT ARE OUTAGES IN HOUSING RIGHT NOW ARE NOT UNUSUAL. WE GET A NUMBER OF OUTAGES THROUGHOUT THE CITY ON ANY GIVEN DAY, BUT WE’RE COORDINATING WITH NYCHA AND ConED IF — IF NEED BE. IF IT IS A ConED ISSUE, WE WILL GET THEM OUT THERE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. IF IT IS A NYCHA ISSUE, WE WILL GET THEM OUT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE AND WE’LL JUMP IN AS FAST AS WE CAN. WE THINK MOST OF THESE OUTAGES WILL BE DONE SOMETIME TODAY. WE ASK PEOPLE JUST TO HUNKER DOWN AND TRY AND STAY WARM UNTIL THE HEAT COMES BACK ON.>>OKAY. LAST CALL? YES.>>MAYOR, HAVE YOU BEEN IN TOUCH WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO ABOUT THE RESPONSE TODAY AND ARE YOU KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH MTA? OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS A TIME IN THE PAST WHERE IT WAS SHUT DOWN DURING A STORM?>>YEAH, TWO OFFICES ARE IN REGULAR TOUCH IN THESE SITUATIONS FOR SURE. MTA IS REPRESENTED HERE. IN FACT, LET’S LET THEM GIVE AN UPDATE. COME ON OVER.>>OKAY. SO CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IS THAT THE BUS AND SUBWAY NETWORK IS HOLDING ITS OWN, BUT BASED ON THE FORECAST WE WILL EXPECT SPORADIC DELAYS, POTENTIAL CURTAILMENT AND EVEN SUSPENSION. I WOULD SAY LET’S KEEP OUR EYES OPEN, OUR EARS OPEN. LET’S SIGN UP FOR THE MTA.ALERT. LOOK AT THE MTA-DOT INFO SITE AS THE DAY PROGRESSES. THERE’S A HIGH LIKELIHOOD THERE WILL BE ADJUSTMENTS TO DELAYS AND CURTAILMENT. AS RELATES TO THE SUBWAY, THAT COULD>>>I’M GOING TO, TELL ME IF I GET THIS RIGHT FROM THE MTA PERSPECTIVE. WHAT WE DON’T HAVE HERE IS WHAT WE HAD WITH THE BLIZZARD A FEW YEARS AGO, WHICH WAS THE WORST IN OUR HISTORY OF 29 INCHES. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SO, I THINK WE ARE SEEING THE DANGERS OF THE OVERGROUND LINES WITH THE SUBWAYS, NOT THE UNDERGROUND, THIS THIS INSTANCE. WE DON’T SEE A SCENARIO WHERE THE UNDERGROUND SHOULD BE EFFECTED.>>MAYOR, WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN GOVERNOR CUOMO OUT HELPING MOTORISTS ON THE ROAD, WITH THE SNOW, WHICH WOULD BE, WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU HELPING OUT?>>I WILL BE OUT IN NEIGHBORHOODS SHORTLY. IF SOMEBODY NEEDS MY HELP, I’M READY. I’M AN EXPERIENCED SHOVELLER OF SNOW. [ INAUDIBLE ]>>WHAT’S THE HISTORY?>>SO, I DON’T HAVE THE HISTORY OF THAT PARTICULAR DEVELOPMENT WITH ME, I CAN TELL YOU THOUGH, THAT REPERATIONS OF THE SERVICES OCCURRED EARLIER THIS MORNING.>>Reporter: 4,000 PEOPLE ARE — >>SERVICE IS RESTORED AND POWER. >>WE WILL GET YOU THE BLOW BY BLOW. WEBSITES ARE OFTEN — >>THANKS EVERYONE.

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