Sandy Prep: Cuomo Touring State

By WBNG News

Sandy Prep: Cuomo Touring State

October 28, 2012 Updated Oct 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM EDT

Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton)  Leaders in Broome County held a teleconference with Governor Andrew Cuomo on how the region is preparing for Hurricane Sandy.

Cuomo had planned to be in Greater Binghamton at 12:30 pm but weather prevented his aircraft from landing.

A teleconference was then set up at the Emergency Operations Center in the Town of Dickinson.

Cuomo planned five stops on Sunday including Broome, Nassau, and Ulster counties.

The Governor ordered the Metropolitan Transit Authority to begin suspending all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In a statement Governor Cuomo said "The transportation system is the lifeblood of the New York City region, and suspending all service is not a step I take lightly. But keeping New Yorkers safe is the first priority, and the best way to do that is to make sure they are out of harm’s way before gale-force winds can start wreaking havoc on trains and buses.”

There is no timetable for the duration of the MTA shutdown.

The Governor also directed the New York National Guard and Air Guard to mobilize.

1,175 soldiers and airmen will be stationed to respond to potential damage in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier.

Sandy is expected to move into the Mid-Atlantic coast Monday evening.