WOODBURY - ? Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York in preparation for a potential impact of Hurricane Irene this weekend.

Cuomo says a state of emergency enables New York to use state resources to assist local governments more effectively and quickly, allows the state to activate the national "Emergency Management Assistance Compact" to bring in resources from out of the state. In addition, it enables New York to access key federal resources earlier in anticipation of an emergency.The governor is urging residents to have emergency supplies on hand, such as water, flashlights and batteries. People who live in coastal areas should be prepared to evacuate.The MTA says it is actively preparing for the impact of Hurricane Irene and says because of the severity of the wind and rain associated with it, there may be partial or full shutdown of services to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

The MTA is also prepared to implement evacuation plans if the mayor and governor decide that is necessary.

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