Federal, state and county governments, school districts and other agencies assessed Hurricane Sandy's path toward New York and many plan to halt operations Monday.
Service on the Long Island Rail Road and other lines and buses run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was suspended Sunday per Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's order. Nassau Inter County Express Bus service was also suspended Sunday evening and there will be no NICE bus service Monday.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced late Sunday night that all trading Monday, including electronic, is canceled for U.S. equities markets including the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, Bloomberg News reported. The New York Mercantile Exchange canceled floor trading for Monday, according to Bloomberg News.
All Broadway performances were canceled Sunday night and will not open Monday night, Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement.
All New York City public schools will be closed Monday, and the decision about whether to open Tuesday will be made Monday evening, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Many Long Island public school districts will close Monday. Among them are Amityville (also closed Tuesday), Babylon (also closed Tuesday), Bethpage, Freeport, Glen Cove, Levittown, Locust Valley, Malverne, Miller Place, Mineola, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Plainview-Old Bethpage, Riverhead Central (also closed Tuesday), Smithtown, Syosset, Uniondale, Valley Stream 13, Valley Stream 30, Valley Stream Central High School districts.
Many private and parochial schools, including Fusion Academy in Woodbury, North Shore Day School in Glen Cove and Temple B'nai Torah Nursery School in Wantagh, will close Monday.
For a complete list of school closures, check http://longisland.newsday.com/closings
Long Island colleges and universities also issued closures for Monday's classes, including Adelphi University's Garden City campus, Hauppauge Center, Manhattan Center and Poughkeepsie campus; Dowling College's Brookhaven campus, Melville Center, Oakdale campus; Farmingdale State College; Five Towns College in Dix Hills; Hofstra University; LIU Post, Brentwood campus, Riverhead campus, University Center (also closed Tuesday); U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (also closed Tuesday); Molloy College; Nassau Community College (also closed Tuesday); St. Joseph's College's North Patchogue campus (also closed Tuesday); Stony Brook University's campuses in Stony Brook, Southampton and Manhattan; Suffolk County Community College (also closed Tuesday); and SUNY Old Westbury.
All Suffolk County parks, campgrounds and marinas were closed Sunday night and will be closed Monday. At a news conference Sunday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said all county-operated health centers and mental-health clinics will be closed until further notice.
Nassau officials said the traffic and parking violations office will be closed Monday, as will county courts. Social services and mental-health offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for emergencies only. Parks and marinas are closed.
The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, which brought about 300 firefighters, instructors and staff from across the country and from Spain, closed Sunday at 5 p.m. The program started Friday and was to run through Nov. 2, teaching firefighters about wild fire behavior, incident command protocols and basic skills, said academy spokesman Terry Dun.
Islip's Town Hall will be open Monday, and Monday's garbage collection will run on schedule, said town spokeswoman Inez Birbiglia. But recreation programs are canceled Monday and Tuesday, including after-school activities, youth sports and senior activities, Birbiglia said. Homebound senior meals will be delivered throughout the storm.
The Town of Brookhaven and the Town of Hempstead plan to open town halls and pick up garbage Monday, depending on weather. Jack Krieger, Brookhaven's spokesman, said residents should wait until Monday morning to put out their trash cans.
FedEx was "closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy," according to a news update on its website. The storm can cause pickup and delivery delays and disruptions for customers. The company recommends checking fedex.com for updates.
The U.S. Postal Service also was tracking storm information, said Connie Chirichello, spokeswoman for the Northeast region. Post office window service is expected to close at 3 p.m. Monday at all Long Island locations, she said. But officials are monitoring the storm and could close offices as needed. Delivery will be expedited during the morning hours, she said, but if the weather proves unsafe, "carriers will be advised to return back to the office, so that the mail can be kept safe during the storm."
With Linda Winer, Laura Figueroa and Emily C. Dooley