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    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 8:53 AM EST2014-01-29 13:53:38 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
  • When snow is annoying

    When snow is annoying

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 10:47 PM EST2014-01-22 03:47:36 GMT
    As an adult, you may remember a time when snow was fun, like making snow angels. Now that you're grown up with a job to get to and a home to tend to, snow usually means shoveling out streets, driveways, and your own car. It is annoying. And there are some challenges that city dwellers find extra annoying when there is heavy snowfall, such as carrying a big bag of groceries or a big bag of laundry in all this mess.
    As an adult, you may remember a time when snow was fun, like making snow angels. Now that you're grown up with a job to get to and a home to tend to, snow usually means shoveling out streets, driveways, and your own car. It is annoying. And there are some challenges that city dwellers find extra annoying when there is heavy snowfall, such as carrying a big bag of groceries or a big bag of laundry in all this mess.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A major snow storm made its way out of the Tristate region Wednesday and left behind bitterly cold temperatures.

"Real-feel" temperatures were below zero prompting a Wind Chill Advisory for a large portion of the area.

The storm which targeted the area on Tuesday into Wednesday caused serious traffic and transit problems all over.

Nearly one foot of snow fell in New York City. By Wednesday, 100 percent of the city's primary streets had been plowed, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The National Weather Service said 16 inches of snow fell in Manalapan, N.J. Parts of Maryland had 11. At Philadelphia's airport there was 13.5 inches of snow.

New York City's Office of Emergency Management issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory.

The NYC Sanitation Department was in full alert with workers on 12-hour shifts and 450 salt spreaders and more than 1,700 snow plows on the roads, according to Commissioner John Doherty. New Yorkers can track the progress of clearing operations by using the PLOWNYC feature at NYC.gov.

By late Wednesday, 90 percent of the secondary streets had been plowed, added de Blasio.

New York City has 6,300 miles of city roads.

The plowing of snow on many roads was slower than normal because of the high number of cars on the road and the traffic that caused, according to city officials, including Mayor de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

Traffic on the Upper East Side and well as in Midtown was especially brutal, with cars barely moving.

The mayor urged motorists to stay off roads so that snow plows could "do their job."

He also asked New Yorkers to avoid driving at night and on Wednesday morning to allow the Sanitation Department to get as much accomplished overnight when the snowfall was expected to die down.

Schools across the Tristate were closed on Wednesday while others had delayed openings.  NYC public schools were open on Wednesday, the school chancellor said late Tuesday night.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon.

A few hours later, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed suit and declared a state of emergency for New York City, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.

A charter bus went off the road and slid down an embankment on I-80 in Roxbury Township, N.J., Tuesday evening, according to State Police. At least three people suffered minor injuries. The bus was heading east when the accident occurred neat Exit 28. Police shut down the right and center lanes while the recovery and investigation is underway.

NJ Transit was cross-honoring tickets system wide on Tuesday and Wednesday to give customers additional travel options. That enables customers to use their ticket on an alternate travel mode.  It was operating trains on an enhanced weekend schedule on Wednesday.

Metro-North and Long Island commuter railroads were reduced service after 8 p.m. Tuesday because of snow accumulation. The MTA said the measure is designed to lower the risk of trains becoming stranded.  Train and bus service was being reduced on Wednesday, as well.

"If you have a mass transit option, use mass transit tonight," said de Blasio, who also urged New Yorkers to "stay in this evening."

Alternate side of the street parking rules in NYC were again canceled for Thursday. Parking meters remained in effect.

Trash and recycling pick-ups in NYC were canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Port Authority placed crews on 12-hour shifts to deal with snow removal at the airports and bridges and tunnels.

By Tuesday afternoon, more than 2,200 flights were canceled and thousands more delayed at airports from Washington to Boston.

The snow also forced the cancellation of Christie's party for his second inauguration that was scheduled for Tuesday night on Ellis Island.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  • Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:33:11 GMT
    New Haven police say they have charged a Westbrook with making a hoax call in November to say an armed man was heading to shoot up Yale University.
    Police say they have charged a Connecticut man with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University. New Haven police said Wednesday that 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.
  • Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:10:58 GMT
    The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday.
    The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday.
  • Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Port Authority could rescind $1 NJ Transit lease

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:57:07 GMT
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    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is holding its monthly board meeting, two days after it heard from a panel on what it needs to do to improve its accountability and efficiency and restore public trust.
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could rescind a $1-a-year lease for a park-and-ride lot near the Lincoln Tunnel. The agency's chief of real estate and development told a committee Wednesday that it should change a deal made in 2012. Published reports have alleged that former Port Authority chairman David Samson voted to approve the lease even though his law firm did business with New Jersey Transit, which operates the park-and-ride lot.
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