At the direction of the Mayor, the public is hereby advised that significant snowfall has been forecast for tonight. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving during the duration of the storm and until further directed, and to use public transportation wherever possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution. Information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website at http://www.mta.info/.
Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets shall be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Effective immediately, alternate side parking, payment at parking meters and garbage collections are suspended citywide until further notice.
The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners will be taking all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.
Starting at 7pm this evening, New York City will be facing a significant amount of snowfall – currents estimates range anywhere from 8 to 14 inches with higher amounts possible in some areas. The heaviest period of snowfall will likely impact the city near midnight, with the heaviest snow band passing by 7am tomorrow morning.
City agencies are closely tracking the storm, and will be working throughout the night to ensure that roads are clear and safe. While priority will be given to emergency vehicles and primary streets, we hope to work with our partners to make transit as safe as possible. Residents with snow removal concerns, questions about school closures, heat complaints or other non-emergency inquiries should be encouraged to reach out to 311, local elected officials and community boards or to file complaints online at www.nyc.gov/311.
On July 20, 2010, COMET went around West Maspeth taking photos of graffiti and other quality of life problems. These were reported to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley's office, which called in 311 complaints. For problems with weeds, overgrown areas, dumping and graffiti, the Department of Sanitation is notified. Home and business owners may be fined for garbage or weeds in front of or on their property.The City cleans graffiti free of charge so long as the building owner does not object. The City promises to have these issues resolved within 35 days of the complaints. We will follow up in coming days to make sure that the City has kept its word.