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"Severe Thunderstorm Watch" Severe Thunderstorm Watch 415 remains in effect until 800 PM EDT NY . New York counties included are Bronx Broome Chemung Columbia Delaware Dutchess Greene Kings Nassau New York Orange Putnam Queens Richmond Rockland Schuyler Steuben Suffolk Sullivan Tioga Tompkins Ulster Westchester , "Heat Advisory" ...Heat advisory remains in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening... * heat index values...around 100 due to temperatures around 90 and dewpoints in the lower 70s. * Timing...highest heat indices late this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of the heat and humidity will increase the risk for heat related health issues...especially for the elderly...those with chronic health problems such as lung and heart disease...those working outdoors...and other heat sensitive groups of people. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours. To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1. , "Special Statement, Air Quality Alert" ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 345 PM EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect Nassau...western Suffolk...Kings...Queens...New York and Bronx counties... At 344 PM EDT...radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Darien to near Rye to near New Rochelle to Co-op City to Harlem. Movement was southeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms. These storms will be near...Glen Cove...Bayville and Sands Point around 355 PM EDT. Port Washington...Bayside and Whitestone around 400 PM EDT. Oyster Bay...Great Neck...Flushing and Manhasset around 405 PM EDT. Huntington...Northport...Brookville...Little Neck...Forest Hills... Centerport and Clearview expressway around 410 PM EDT. Syosset...Huntington Station...Ozone Park and Cold Spring Harbor around 415 PM EDT. Mineola...Westbury...Jamaica...Woodbury...Elmont...Howard Beach and Canarsie around 420 PM EDT. Garden City...Commack...Plainview and Hicksville around 425 PM EDT. Valley Stream...Lynbrook...Kennedy Airport...Smithtown...Hempstead... Melville and Dix Hills around 430 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by these storms include West Hempstead... Thomaston...Jericho Turnpike...West Islip...Washington Heights... Islandia...East Meadow...Herricks...East Northport and Huntington Bay. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 800 PM EDT for southern Connecticut...northeastern New Jersey...and southeastern New York. Lat...Lon 4078 7400 4091 7392 4088 7379 4104 7359 4090 7349 4102 7356 4096 7350 4103 7356 4104 7355 4099 7348 4112 7341 4096 7339 4093 7317 4074 7295 4065 7337 4066 7313 4062 7323 4056 7386 time...Mot...loc 1944z 325deg 18kt 4102 7343 4093 7364 4090 7374 4086 7383 4084 7393 Dw 1053 am EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1053 am EDT Mon Jul 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Monday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following areas... New York City...all of Long Island...and Westchester and Rockland counties. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Monday Jul.25 16,04:00 PM

MTA Announces New Initiatives To Ensure Passenger and Worker Safety

All MTA Agencies Emphasize Importance of Safety Culture.

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New York, NY - February 24th, 2014 -  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today anounced a series of initiatives to improve safety throughout its operations by strengthening reporting responsibilities, emphasizing management oversight and installing.
 
Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast announced he is creating the position of Chief Safety Officer, a new senior management post reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO, to ensure safety is a top priority throughout all MTA operations. The MTA will also create a new Safety Committee on its board to provide focused oversight of safety issues.

In addition, each MTA agency will ensure its top safety official reports directly to the agency’s president, to reinforce that safety is a prime concern for every agency’s management. At Metro-North Railroad, where safety and security now report to the same position, the responsibilities will be separated and a new position of Chief Safety Officer will be created.

“The safety of our customers and employees is unquestionably the top priority for the MTA, and these steps will make sure this emphasis on safety is built into the operations of every MTA agency,” Prendergast said. “The events of the last year have made clear to everyone in the MTA how important it is to create a culture where all employees act to eliminate risks, and changing our executive structure will ensure safety remains a dedicated agency value.”

Agency presidents discussed their safety programs at today’s meetings of MTA Board committees, detailing how they monitor the condition of crews and equipment, search for potential problems and fix those that they discover. Key among the presidents’ efforts is emphasizing and improving the safety culture within their agencies, so all operations have safety as their primary objective.

All MTA agencies have re-examined their safety-related operations over the last year. Prendergast, who has spent 10 years of his career in safety positions, convened a Blue Ribbon Panel of outside experts to study MTA safety practices in September.

In addition, Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road announced they have installed automatic speed controls at 10 critical curves and one moveable bridge since the Dec. 1, 2013 Metro-North derailment at a curve in Spuyten Duyvil. These controls work with existing signal systems installed in every train cab to enforce speed limits at those locations.

“The MTA has a long tradition of safe and reliable operations, which is why our customers and our employees are rightly upset with the failures we’ve seen in the last year,” Prendergast said. “We are making these and many other improvements so our customers and employees can be confident on the MTA network. Safety is a mindset, not a checklist, and these improvements are important actions to ensure the MTA earns the trust of our customers and employees again.”