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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding across the Lower New York Harbor and South Shore Back Bays, with localized minor flooding impacts elsewhere. - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

Schumer: Fed Office On Drug Policy Will Meet With NYS Police Depts & Local Govt Officials to Create First-Ever Heroin Tracking Database

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Data Would Be Available from Western NY to Suffolk County & Could Help Law Enforcement, Public Health Officials & Treatment Centers Fight Heroin Scourge.

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New York, NY - May 22, 2014 - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has agreed to meet with state and local government officials from New York within the next 30-60 days to determine how to create a statewide database, proposed by Schumer, to track heroin and other drug-related crimes. In a letter to Schumer, the ONDCP committed to convene a meeting with experts from their office, as well as the Director of the NY/NJ High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), to work with state and local officials on a framework for the database. Earlier this year on a press conference call, Schumer called on the ONDCP to work with localities to set up “DrugStat,” a first-ever statewide information-sharing program that would track heroin and other drug-related crimes and specifically asked that the ONDCP help provide expert guidance to smaller localities on how to set up an information-sharing database. Law enforcement has consistently cited the lack of accessible data as a problem in combatting the recent epidemic of heroin abuse. Schumer explained that this meeting is a critical first step in creating a statewide data-sharing program that will allow law enforcement officials to identify patterns, crack down on heroin rings across county lines, target resources to high-crime areas, determine which types of drugs are the most sought after, and determine necessary security changes in drug distribution networks. In addition, Schumer pointed to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grants, which are prescribed for data-driven solutions to crime, as a possible source of grant funding for counties to access to help them set up their databases.
 
“A meeting between New York state and local government officials and the experts at the ONDCP is a critical first step in the creation of a statewide database to help law enforcement crack down on heroin and other drug-related crime. We need every tool in our toolbox to fight this rising tide of heroin abuse – data and information-sharing between law enforcement is a really important one,” said Schumer. “So I’m glad the ONDCP heeded my call to provide their expertise and guidance to local and state officials on how to get the ball rolling on a statewide data-sharing, so law enforcement can begin to track patterns across county lines.
 
Schumer continued, “Now that we know DOJ’s Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grants are available to help counties start tracking and sharing data, I am encouraging New York counties to apply for these grants, and I will support their applications every step of the way. We simply need to do more to prevent our young people from falling into the grips of heroin and drug abuse. Giving law enforcement the data they need to better prevent drugs from coming into our communities is something we should all get behind.”
 
Earlier this year on a conference call, Schumer asked that the ONCDP work with New York State law enforcement to expand the RxStat program, currently running in New York City, to all of New York and to include substances beyond prescription drugs, such as cocaine and heroin.  The RxStat database is a part of the larger COMPStat (computer or comparative statistics) program that is run by the NYC Police Department to track evolving all drug and crime data, has proven successful in lowering crime in New York City, and has been replicated across the country. Schumer asked that ONDCP help the state and locals create a framework that interested localities can use to establish such databases, and said that the feds should provide technical support and training during that implementation process.
 
Today, Schumer released a copy of the ONDCP’s response to Schumer’s letter, which confirmed that they would convene a meeting to achieve exactly these ends. The ONDCP replied, “As a result of your request, I have asked Mr. Chauncey Parker, the Director of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, to convene a meeting with New York State and local government officials to determine how to develop the type of state-wide database that is described in your letter…Researchers from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will participate in this meeting, and we will invite our Federal partners who can provide their expertise and examples of best practices in data collection.” Schumer called this meeting a critical first step in getting localities interested in establishing databases, and also in laying out a framework for how this information would be shared between counties. The ONDCP offered to provide examples of best practices in data collection, which Schumer said should focus on how counties could collect and codify data in such a way that it would be easily shareable across county lines.
 
Schumer pointed to the rise in Rx drug abuse as one of the prime factors fueling the growth in heroin use, as heroin has become a cheaper, more accessible alternative to prescription narcotics. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), heroin seizures are up 67% over the past four years and there has been a 59% increase in heroin charges over the same period.  In 2013, the DEA’s New York office seized 144 kilograms of heroin, worth roughly $43 million, which is 20% of the DEA’s nationwide seizures. In Long Island, the past two years have seen the two highest ever recorded totals of heroin deaths – nearly 250 combined in 2012-2013.
 
In addition to technical expertise and guidance, Schumer identified a possible funding source for counties to apply for to help them set up their individual databases. Specifically, Schumer pointed to the DOJ’s Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grants, which helped NYC fund similar data-driven solutions to combat drug abuse.
 
A copy of the ONDCP’s letter in response to Schumer appears below:
 
Thank you for your March 5, 2014, letter regarding the need for a state-level data collection and analysis system that would provide timely and detailed information on drug usage rates, overdose deaths, and drug-related crimes in New York State. I appreciate your ongoing support of national, state, and local efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences; and I agree that improvements to our current data collection systems are key to improving public health and safety.
 
As a result of your request, I have asked Mr. Chauncey Parker, the Director of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, to convene a meeting with New York State and local government officials to determine how to develop the type of state-wide database that is described in your letter. Mr. Parker has agreed to host this meeting within the next 30-60 days. Researchers from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will participate in this meeting, and we will invite our Federal partners who can provide their expertise and examples of best practices in data collection. I invite you or a member of your staff to participate in this upcoming meeting.
 
I am hopeful that a new state-level data and analysis collection system can be developed in New York State and serve as a model for other states. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with you on this important initiative.
 
Respectfully,
Michael P. Botticelli
Acting Director