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Salt shortage in NY, NJ as Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency

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Cuomo said the recent storms have depleted salt supply in New York City and Long Island.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for all of New York State and announced there is a salt shortage as wintery weather continues to wallop the area.

It has been a particularly harsh and snowy winter, and the Governor says the spat of recent storms have depleted road salt supply in New York City and Long Island.

Cuomo also issued a full car ban for the I-84. Any cars on the road would be ticketed, the Governor announced.

When asked if he agreed with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep New York City schools open despite the weather, Cuomo told PIX11, “I leave that up to the mayors, the county executives across the state. They are closer to the situation than I am, and they know their resources and what they’re dealing with in their area.”

“New Yorkers in affected regions should stay off the roads, check on their neighbors and loved ones, and stay inside their homes until the worst of the storm has passed,” Cuomo said in a statement.