September 1, 2021
WHEREAS, the public safety is imperiled by the remnants of Hurricane Ida that is expected to interrupt the flow of traffic, restrict the operation of emergency vehicles and impede the delivery of essential goods and services;
WHEREAS, the public safety is imperiled by a flash flood emergency that has flooded roads, impacted mass transit, and stranded motorists;
WHEREAS, heavy rain, thunderstorms, and flash flooding is expected to continue throughout tonight and until early Thursday morning; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to restrict vehicular traffic as provided herein in order to protect life and property;
NOW THEREFORE, by the power vested in me as Mayor of the City of New York pursuant to law, including Executive Law § 24 and Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1602, I hereby proclaim a state of local emergency in the City of New York and order:
Section 1. Except as otherwise provided in section 2 of this order, for the duration of the current state of local emergency, the streets and highways of the City are closed for vehicular traffic, effective 11:45 PM on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to 5:00 AM on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
§ 2. The following vehicles may operate on City streets and highways while the state of emergency remains in effect:
§ 3. Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways shall be subject to towing.
§ 4. The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners shall take all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.
§ 5. In accordance with Executive Law §24, any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this order shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
§ 6. This order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for three days unless extended or sooner revoked.
Bill de Blasio