MANHATTAN - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for New York as a blizzard bears down on the Northeast.

Cuomo, speaking at his Manhattan headquarters, said New York City and Long Island will be heavily impacted, with Suffolk County bearing the brunt of the storm. Parts of the state bordering Connecticut and Massachusetts should also expect dangerous conditions, the governor added.

Cuomo said he made the declaration in part to give the state and local governments more flexibility in dealing with the storm. 

He has also spoken to a number of elected officials throughout the state and insists that utility and road-plowing crews are already hard at work.