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NY Mayor Giuliani Addresses Press on Battling StormAired March 5, 2001 - 7:34 a.m. ET
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CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: We want to go live to New York City, where Mayor Rudy Giuliani is giving a news conference.
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MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI, NEW YORK CITY: About 80 percent of the -- 80 percent of the streets have been spread with salt and sand to try to help the de-icing operation, both by the sanitation department and the transportation department. And the ESD was activated at three o'clock yesterday afternoon. There are 40 agencies that are represented here to deal with whatever conditions occur today.
Particularly now, I guess, the thing to worry about the most -- it would be the rush hour. And we'll keep monitoring that to see whether it's necessary for people to do staggered release time. Probably not a bad idea to prepare for that, so that -- so that people can kind of stagger between it between 04:00 and 06:00, possibly even earlier than that, if you can with your business. But we'll probably know that better around noontime today.
The airports are open, but are experiencing delays, and in some cases, cancellations, so the best thing to do would be to check.
New York City transit is operating as normal, for the subways in particular, but the buses also.
Be careful driving. There are areas of iciness, and it can be somewhat surprising. We had problems on Casino Boulevard in Queens. So there are some isolated problems with roads being icy.
Now, the kids are going to be home today. So a lot of movies, I guess. We suggest you go into the library. We hope the libraries are overwhelmed with youngsters reading and working on their reading. Someone suggested doing the crossword puzzle.
But the reality is that all the kids are home today. The schools are closed, and the Board of Education did that largely because of the fear of this afternoon, of the difficulty of their being able to get home. So even though, when you see the conditions this morning, you might say, well, why are all the kids home? The reason is because the predictions are that it's going to very difficult this afternoon to get children home. And when you put together our public and parochial school and private school system, we're talking about 1.3 million, 1.4 million children having to get home this afternoon. So it's probably going to make things a lot easier that the children are home.
Other than that, I think we experienced a fairly normal -- a fairly normal morning. The hotline phone number -- if you can, stay off 911. Obviously, for the most serious emergencies, there's always 911. But if you have questions about the sanitation department, call 212-219-8090. If you have issues about heat, it's 212-824-HEAT. If you have questions about transportation, 212-CALLDA (ph). And if you can stay off 911, it would really help. And the Web site is www.nyc.gov.
QUESTION: Any idea when you guys will make the call on...
LIN: All right, you're watching Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City offer some advice to the public and updating us on the situation there.
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