Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to invest $1.4 billion in Central Brooklyn neighborhoods like East New York, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, and Crown Heights to provide affordable housing, enhanced community space, and resiliency projects for the areas.
Tractor trailers were banned Tuesday morning on the state Thruway and some other major highways as a major snow storm severely limited travel. The state is now stockpiling sandbags and generators to be deployed across the state.
"We are closely monitoring this storm as it develops and I am directing all state agencies to be on alert and ready to respond as the weather develops", Gov. Cuomo said on Sunday.
"The storm is to bring heavy snow, along with strong and potentially damaging winds that will create hazardous travel conditions on Tuesday".
Getting around the Hudson Valley was almost impossible Tuesday. "Mother nature has been acting up recently", Cuomo said. "She was unpredictable once again today", Cuomo said. It now runs from the Philadelphia suburbs through New York City and Boston to Maine.
The decision to stop Metro North trains didn't come until 8 a.m. MTA head Veronique Hakim said transit officials were wrestling with the changing storm patterns.
"I've been going by my boss I'm Toronto and I should be going by 6 p.m.", truck driver Rob Mills said.
"During any emergency situation, protecting the safety of New Yorkers is our number one priority", Governor Cuomo said.
As for the Southern Tier, the state planned to move resources from the city and Long Island to the region.
The proposal, said to be the first in the nation, would require online marketplace providers like Amazon, Etsy and eBay that process a minimum of $100 million in sales a year from NY buyers to collect sales taxes on behalf of third parties who use their platforms and are located outside of NY, but sell goods to state residents.
Blizzard warnings remain in effect for a region stretching from northern Westchester County through the Hudson Valley to the Canadian border in northern NY.
New York City could get up to 18 inches of snow, with Boston seeing a similar amount and Philadelphia slated to get up to a foot.
The airline-tracking site FlightAware says more than 3,000 Tuesday flights are already canceled.