New York is cutting no corners after Superstorm Sandy: from the governor to the MTA, myriad government agencies are pulling out all the stops to prepare for any potential emergencies as a result of this winter storm.
The storm is anticipated to last anywhere from 24 to 36 hours, through Thursday afternoon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier today that he would activate State Emergency Operations Center, calling together representatives various agencies, from the State Police to the Department of Transportation.
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Many measures being taken appear motivated by some of the damages incurred by Superstorm Sandy, as well as the controversial aftermath of the 2010 blizzard.
The MTA has staged three pump trains and one work train with portable pumps at locations most vulnerable to flooding at high tide. Service for the 3 train will stop at 137th and Broadway due to water walls being erected to prevent flooding.
The New York State Department of Transportation reportedly has "full salt barns" — a dispatch from the governor's office claims 433,886 tons of salt statewide.
The governor also reports 1,346 plows and 35 snowblowers from the NYS DOT. There are 114,592 miles of roadway in New York state, according to a 2011 NYS DOT Highway Mileage Report. Around 6,000 of those miles are in New York City.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has installed sandbags and additional pumps at PATH entrances in Hoboken, throughout the World Trade Center site and at airports to protect against storm surges like the one that battered the transit system during Sandy.
Pumps and generators are also in place at the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, and floodgates are at the ready at the Hoboken and Exchange Place PATH stations. Port Authority personnel are reportedly prepared to move rail cars to higher ground if needed.
Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz sent a letter to the state's utilities CEOs, including National Grid, Long Island Power Authority, and Con Ed, among others, demanding an e-mail response by close of business today outlining plans to prepare for the storm and the contact information for "lead operations personnel for this event."
"Utilities that are licensed to operate in New York have a responsibility to ratepayers and to the public to be prepared for predictable weather events," Schwartz wrote. "The State of New York will hold your company accountable for its performance."
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the governor has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the measures taken by many of the state's utilities in preparing for the storm and restoring power after it, even putting together a commission to investigate their post-storm response.