Weigh in On Snowy Commutes

What's the best way to get commuters home safely in a storm?

Earlier this month, in advance of a major snow storm, Governor Cuomo announced that he was closing the Long Island Expressway.

On Tuesday, the LIE remained open as snow fell.  This week's storm started earlier in the day and heavy snow fell at a time when commuters were going home, rather than the overnight hours when the LIE closing took place.

At the same time, there were heavy delays for many commuters and it took hours for them to get home. 

We want to know what ideas you have to make snowy commutes safer. Should major highways always be shut down until they're passable? Should they always be kept open? What can be done to get more people to take public transportation when snow is in the forecast?  Should employers be more flexible about releasing workers during storms?

Let us know in the comment section below.
Patrick M January 24, 2014 at 05:47 PM
"Imagine" and "may" are the key words in your implicative sentences because they let the reader know that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. And who do you think pays the salaries where there are PAID departments? You were already complaining about the taxes being too high.
Patrick M January 24, 2014 at 05:51 PM
How many hands does it take for you to count the amount of times YOU have pulled strangers out of burning buildings? I was just using it as an example. They also extricate strangers from crushed cars, resuscitate unconscious strangers, educate strangers on fire safety, etc often in the middle of the night, halfway through dinner with their families or after a long day at work.
Patrick M January 24, 2014 at 05:56 PM
But you are right, I do watch too much TV. I can't get enough of those Everybody Loves Raymond reruns. I've seen every episode, but they still make me laugh.
Kevin B January 24, 2014 at 05:58 PM
1000's of jobs, absolutely. And millions in salaries, benefits, etc, like all gov't entities. If you are so worried about what they use tax dollars for, why don't you join them and/or run for Fire Commissioner. My guess is you might not even be registered to vote. They are volunteers and in most cases do a better job than paid departments. I myself sometimes question what they do or don't do with our equipment and then say to myself that I am not a Fire Dept volunteer, and don't dedicate my life to saving lives, so who am I to criticize. And how about the amount of homeowners who fail to fulfill their responsibility to shovel out hydrants forcing the volunteers to go out and do it with our equipment.


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