NYC mayor praises residents for their patience in blackout

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says city officials were busy overnight during the massive blackout. The city subways aren't in service for morning rush hour, and Bloomberg says they may also be out for the evening rush.The mayor is suggesting New Yorkers and outside commuters take a three-day weekend, and avoid coming into the city if possible. He says that will allow time to get mass transit working again and offer more room on the streets for utility crews.Bloomberg noted limited bus and ferry service was available Friday morning. And traffic delays were expected, particularly since many traffic lights were not operating.Power has been restored to parts of all five boroughs, including all of Staten Island. Parts of Westchester County and Long Island also saw power restored. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show Friday that power cannot be completely restored in the city until it receives more power from upstate.Courts in the Bronx and the other boroughs will operate on an emergency basis Friday, which means a judge will be available in each borough to handle arraignments and emergency orders of protection.

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