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Get a jump on dangerous weather

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is encouraging everyone to sign up for a new, free program that will keep New Yorkers informed of urgent and emergency conditions that could effect them.

The program, NY-Alert, provides warnings and emergency information including road closures, inclement weather reports, terrorist alerts issued by New York State and New York City, as well as information about other potentially serious conditions.NY-Alert conveniently delivers its important information via cell phone, home phone, email and other similar technologies.

The NY-Alert reports may be customized to include only desired areas of the state and also limited to selected levels of severity.Signing up is simple. Either go to or call 1-888-697-6972. New Yorkers may choose which devices they receive their information on.

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