JFK was prepared for the fourth Nor-Easter of March. All airports EOC’s were operational. Telecoms were regularly held. The storm was forecasted with an expected 12-018 inches of snow. Luckily the forecast was worse than the actual storms but there were many cancellations and tired people having stayed the night to make sure there were no international flight or passenger problems.
At the Dix Hills press conference, the Airport Voice asked the Governor to rate the operational changes at JFK Airport following Cyclone Grayson in January.
“Governor, How would you rate the changes Exec Dir Cotton put in place after the January problems?
The governor replied.” Rick Cotton has taken dramatic action. He has put in a new communications system which is in process.
Rick contacted the federal government and is working with them on a new communications system. So ,he saw the problem and responded and is in the midst of it and all the progress thus far is good. You raise an important point though; I would not leave for the airport today if you think you have a flight. Most flights are cancelled and more are expected to be cancelled.”
These comments were made after Cotton spoke with the Governor at an earlier press conference when Cotton explained the preparedness of the airports with their emergency centers.