NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference Sunday afternoon updating New Yorkers on the city’s plan of action for the blizzard and advising them to stay off the roads.

“If you have to go out today, please leave the cars at home,” Bloomberg appealed, “take mass transit and be careful.”

WCBS 880’s John Metaxas reports

Bloomberg said it might be advisable to wait a few extra hours before venturing out on the roads.

“I know it’s inconvenient, sometimes it can be expensive. But nothing is worth losing your life over this.”

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

The mayor outlined that the Department of Sanitation had 365 salt spreaders, 1,700 snow plows and over 180,000 tons of salt at their disposal in their battle against the winter mess.

City officials will also be on the lookout for dangerous conditions, including “stranded motorists and downed trees and power lines,” Bloomberg said.

Shelters in the city were also open for those needing a place to stay.

With New York City schools already closed for winter break, Bloomberg joked that he did not expect any complaints about students not having a snow day.

“A day off is a day off,” Bloomberg said.

Those students should be able to take advantage of a city Snow Day.

At a site in each of the boroughs, the Department of Parks & Recreation will host supervised recreation, including sledding and a snow angel contest from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate will also be provided.

Here is the full list of venues:

Bronx: Crotona Park (Fulton Avenue and East 172nd Street)
Brooklyn: Prospect Park (near the Tennis House)
Manhattan: Riverside Park (Riverside Drive at 103rd Street)
Queens: Juniper Valley Park (78th Street & Juniper Valley North)
Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park (Martling and Slosson Avenues)

Comments (12)
  1. Tota says:

    It is 9:00 pm Dec. 27 and not a single plow cleaned our street in Fresh Meadows. What happened Mr. Mayor again? You know that we will be screaming and complaining for a couple of days but we will get over it, and you get to save money by not cleaning our streets and letting the old and the sick to suffer the consequences!!! We are so tiered of your sleek games. Enough!!

    1. Kristin says:

      It’s now 11:57 on Dec 29 & still no snow plow on the block in front of my house.

  2. BOB C says:

    Bloomberg is an IDIOT

  3. chula says:

    Shame on you Mr. Bloomberg! 311 phone assistant didnt work this morning No show from you. Main roads weren’t cleaned as of yet. people forced to take mass transit thats out of service people freezing in these trains – How will you save state and city money if we are force to go to work with no customers showing up . People calling 911 last night were told we can’t get to you ,! wait till we find out how many people died in this storm and you mayor will be held responsible, I didn’t see a single snow removal operation in my area as of now,! City paralyzed? This is called a mayor?? What’s going with our government?? Not one truck is cleaning the streets!! Its a shame that we have such a bad discission by our mayor.

  4. Paulie P says:

    Holiday Blizard Meters Nothing!?

    I’m a little disappointed at the City of NY for not suspending parking meters. Alternate side is canceled, 13 train lines are suspended, there’s a severe weather alert, Mayor and news keeps saying to stay off the road, and my car is buried in a meter spot. I’d be happy to move it, if there was anywhere to go. I live on manhattan ave in Greenpoint Brooklyn and all the side streets are just walls of snow. Some with trucks stuck and abandoned for the night. I’m hoping the few cars that are at meters will be overlooked for this morning, because it’s only going to cause more trouble for everyone trying to move it.

  5. Matt Robinson says:

    Are city offices open today ?

  6. melody says:

    we love you michael – thank you for caring about us!!!!

  7. Charlie says:

    Mike is such a realist.
    LIRR has suspended service and will only run holiday service tomorrow.
    NJ Transit has suspended bus service.
    MetroNorth will operate on a Sunday schedule tomorrow.
    But we are supposed to take public transit.

  8. Owen says:

    So the supervised recreation is on Monday or on Sunday afternoon when the mayor was speaking? Hopefully Monday as the date line of the story is after 3pm Sunday.

  9. JasonS says:

    New Yorkers to Bloomberg: Eat my shorts.

  10. Captain Obvious says:

    Thank you Michael. As one of the feeble-minded public, I would never have figured that out on my own.

  11. Ellen says:

    I wonder how many people are at the shopping malls right now?

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