|All roads in NYC close to non-emergency personnel at 11 p.m. Monday. Shown: Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge at the start of the Blizzard of 2015. Photo by MK Metz|
Because of the Great Blizzard of 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are shutting the city and downstate NY down tonight at 11 p.m.
“Make preparations to get home ... before the worst of the storm hits,” de Blasio said. “We need cars off the road so that our equipment can do its work and keep streets passable for emergency vehicles.”
Here's where the seriousness of the situation becomes apparent: The Brooklyn Eagle reports that in response to persistent questioning by reporters, de Blasio said that food delivery drivers were “not essential emergency personnel.”
Holy sweet mother!
De Blasio issued a Winter Weather Emergency Declaration restricting travel by all except emergency personnel beginning at 11 p.m. New York City subways and buses will operate only local service beginning at 8 p.m.
Mass transit, trains and buses will be suspended and a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m on all local and state roads in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.
Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, Staten Island Railroad service will be suspended beginning at approximately 11 p.m. until further notice. PATH service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning at 9 p.m. and be suspended at 11 p.m. until further notice.
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