Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday urged New Yorkers to avoid the icy roads that are expected to continue to thaw through the New Year.
“I don’t think we should ever allow the roads to be closed again, especially in the winter,” Cuomo told reporters.
“I think that if people do the right thing and avoid driving during the winter, then you’re better off in the summer months.”
Cuomo said that people need to stay on the road and keep a clear distance of 30 feet.
“The only way to stay safe in wintertime is to stay out of the icy roadways,” Cuomo said.
The governor said people should also “take the time to have their hands and feet warm up” by taking the stairs, going outside or using an umbrella or blanket.
Cuomo added that people should “avoid driving while wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and long pants.”
“I know this winter is a tough one for all of us, but remember that this winter means more than just the holidays,” Cuomo added.
“This winter is for the kids, for the teachers, for all the workers who are working hard to make our roads and our lives better.”
Cuomos comments come just a day after New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a nationwide travel warning and warned drivers to “avoid” the icy winter roads that will continue through the holiday season.
The governors decision comes just days after the governor announced that highways across the state will be closed in the event of extreme snowfall and freezing rain, which would bring down power, water and cellphone service to millions of New Yorkers.
Cuomo said Friday that the state has already begun working to repair the roads, but that it is too early to predict when the closures will be lifted.
New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo says that drivers need to “take all necessary precautions” to stay off the roads.
pic.twitter.com/8e0H2Vb1cG — New York State Police (@NYStatePolice) December 30, 2017The governor made his remarks in response to a question about how long the state would be open for travel in the future.
Cuomo, who will be sworn in as the state’s next governor on January 2, has said that he will immediately work to lift the closures, though he has not specified a timeline for doing so.
“We are not going to take any time to figure out what will happen after January 2nd, when we have all of our work done,” Cuomo, a Democrat, told ABC News on Friday.
“And we are going to do everything that we can to get it done before January 2,” he added.
New Yorkers in the state have been forced to stay indoors in the wake of the storm.
The governor said Friday the state expects the number of people without power to increase to about 7.8 million in the coming days, but he did not provide a specific number.
Cuomus administration said that in the days following the storm, the state had been able to restore power to about 2 million people, and about 4 million people had been connected to the power grid.
Cuomi also said that New Yorkers should take care to take care of their homes and to protect their property from flooding and mudslides.
“If you are out in New York City or you’re out in a storm-affected area, you need to protect yourself, you must be able to get water in your house,” Cuomo warned.
“You have to have a system in place, and you need a system that will protect the structure,” Cuomo continued.
Cuoma added that in areas that are still under water, people need help.
“These are not safe, unsafe conditions.
This is not a situation where you should just be left to fend for yourself,” he said.
Cuomas comments come a day before Cuomo announced that New York would be closing the roads in the New York Harbor in the absence of a major hurricane.
CuOMos statement comes just hours after New Yorkers in New England were told to prepare to stay home during the frigid temperatures.
The Governor announced Friday that he would be issuing an emergency declaration for the state, which was already under a major snowstorm warning.