DSNY prepares equipment, crews for blizzard

The city Sanitation Department spent Monday preparing for a blizzard expected to dump more than a foot of snow on New York Tuesday.



According to DSNY, 2,400 workers would be on duty manning 12-hour shifts.



The city will deploy 689 salt spreaders and has 283,000 tons of rock salt on hand. Officials say about 360 snowplows deploy to the Bronx alone.



Officials urged residents to stay off the streets during the storm to give DSNY crews room to work.



"It'll definitely impede us if they block us from getting through that street. When the traffic builds up, we can't get through, and it causes a major issue," said Bronx DSNY Borough Chief Steven Bucolo.



Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier canceled classes at all city public schools and suspended alternate-side parking rules for Tuesday and Wednesday.



Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York as of midnight, and above-ground New York City subway service is suspended as of 4 a.m. Tuesday.


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