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Recording opens with room noise before press conference. Reporter describes the states of affairs - the talks to end the strike were unsuccessful, people have been asked to stay home to prevent traffic snarls.
Mayor Lindsay says he has just walked to City Hall from Midtown, he encourages all who can walk to work do so. He states that traffic has become very congested, and that too many cars have only one person in them. He asks anyone driving into Manhattan to turn around and go home. So far, police are not turning away vehicles entering the city but are prepared to do so if conditions worsen.
He emphasizes that if work is not essential they should not come to work, he encourages employers not to penalize employees who are unable to make it to work.
He is asked questions by the reporters - particularly if he expects to call a state of emergency and if he will close roads into the Manhattan. Deputy Mayor Timothy Costello is also present to answer questions.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
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Yeah. Right back. Right. Right. The moment John Lindsay will address New York City from the reception room here at New York City concerning the transit strike and I call in fact the New York City's first transit strike is being felt this morning of millions of commuters that call their jobs despite mailings his repeated pleas for work and a free man a home video first arrived poised for crisis with our allies of the last hour blog on what occurred in the four days ago a few other separate work this morning on what car pauses to live on bicycles by helicopter by boat even on roller skates the city police force the settlers and of course directed us for the mission events Brodrick that will keep the man at least as clear as possible. Talks between the transit authority and Michael Transport Workers Union went through the night without success of the American hotel standing in line Al Gore's. RECORD FOR SEX LIES by quite by her and W. N.Y.C. that evening at the U.N. was ready also with all my Lindsay has just arrived here Abby conceptional I think the parallels to a lot of the other mining OK I know you and I see things all right because now Ryan you know I mean I think that I was greatly. Seven o'clock sharp whereas arrives you know when Castello just around. Him TIM COSTELLO. Was. A good effort to tell me how to classify. The software but he showed me no less something like remind you let me also note that I don't mean our great Legion Hall I love our little cabin by four today once I. Was out looks like Will and is ready for his message. Good morning fellow New Yorkers. I've just walked to city hall from the midtown area of Manhattan. Three to four mile hike took about fifteen minutes I think right on the button. And I urge everyone who can possibly walk to use that mode of transportation to get to work this morning if you have to go to work. I want to report as to where we stand on traffic and I'm sorry to have to report that as of seven o'clock this morning the traffic is building up very very seriously indeed into Manhattan other parts of the city and not too bad. Waynesboro Brooklyn Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges are backed up pretty thoroughly there's a breakdown on the Queensboro Bridge that's the fifty ninth Street Bridge which stalled traffic pretty completely and is just inching along. I'm also sorry to report that there are too many cars with one driver. Now I want to ask all New Yorkers if you hear my voice in your automobiles now if you're on your way into Manhattan just turn around and go back again get off the highways don't head for Manhattan by car because you're not going to make it the chances are that you'll be clogged up in traffic for so long it won't be worth it to try to get to work so again or if you if you're listening to my voice turn off the main arteries. And to get off the highways heading into Manhattan now the walkways and all of the bridges I mentioned going into Manhattan across the East River are open and is to say the Queens Borough the Brooklyn Williamsburgh and Manhattan bridges the walkways are open soul and courage to if you can get rid of your automobiles outside of Manhattan just to take the walkways and walk across those bridges into Manhattan if you must come to work. We have not as yet invoked mandatory restrictions of automobiles coming into Manhattan that is to say the police and the traffic people are not turning your back they're not saying that you cannot come in under any circumstances and refusing to let you pass the bridges but we're prepared to do that in about a half an hour if we have to so once again if you're listening to my voice and you're in an automobile don't try to come into Manhattan if you're still at home and if you have to travel by automobile to get to work don't do it it's not worth it because you won't get there in the first place. Other than heavy traffic activities in a city are normal all city departments report that that's really emergency control center. That everything is working well services a being provided no problems about hospitals health or heat or food the sanitation trucks are rolling and the tow trucks are on the streets so any cars that are stalled or illegally parked will be towed away. I want you to consider the guidelines again that I gave you over the radio and television last night do not travel by automobile in the business districts of Manhattan Queens the Bronx and Brooklyn unless your presence is absolutely critical. And I want to once again ask all employers understand that I want their cooperation that no employees to be penalize for not coming to work obviously I in the city of New York cannot be a mediator between an employer and private employees no city no city employees are going to be docked pay or will be penalize for not coming to work today if his work is not essential those who are engaged of course and safety health police work and so forth are essential. Now. I'll be reporting a little bit later on I'm going to take a helicopter ride shortly after eight o'clock see what the traffic looks like from the air and. Be reporting possibly from the helicopter as the radio equipment works from there and then I'll be reporting again when I get back as to the strike itself they are still talking the parties which is at least a good sign I can report no specific progress as of seven o'clock this morning but at least discussions are underway which is good. And then meanwhile out I'll ask once again all New Yorkers who are on their way by automobile into Manhattan please turn off the highways and head back to where you came from those who are driving a car with just the driver and no passengers that's not the way to cooperate a tall finally those who are still at home if you must get to work by automobile and have no other means of transportation if you're going into the congested business districts of the five boroughs especially Manhattan think twice and I ask you not to do it because you just sit on the highways and you won't move. Your purse you'll provide a better service to the city of New York if this day you stay at home. Thank you for listening. In all late last night I'm not received a report as of seven o'clock this morning I did receive a report approximately midnight last night. And. They said talking at least they're talking which is important. Meanwhile of course the transit authority and the corporation counsel for the city of New York have to proceed with as they're required to do by law in the courts in order to force the injunction against a strike. All. For. More than just a while they control the emergency control center is just waiting for a signal on that and the police are prepared for it and if necessary we'll make it to flat prohibition any automobile to come into Manhattan and each it each of the bridges and we just turn them back with stop them and turn them back we have a lot of. Legal authority yes and it's in a state of emergency the chief executive of the city as he is already the most popular Japanese Clara's team of Americans that would be an emergency. To a should whether I'd have to formally declare it I don't know legally. One. Yes I'll make that decision based on the advice that I received from the traffic commissioner Mr Barnes and the police commissioner Mr Brodrick I'll take take their recommendation on that American the night I have learned that. I expect that that decision may well have to be made before I take to the helicopter Oh yes it will be but I imagine that decision will be made about a half an hour so again people who are listening to my voice if you're heading for Manhattan on an automobile don't try to do it please because you're not going to move you're going to sit in a traffic jam which will just a freight your nerves and it won't accomplish anything else. That. Was possibly when I get through the helicopter ride there and I'll. Stand is one. Well cities pretty tough and I think this city will stand it as long as I have to stand it meanwhile a. I must encourage and insist the bodies to this dispute that they have stripped down all of a trimmings and get down to bargaining and reach an agreement right away quick United States will have the backing of the financial. Well the city will be hurt economically there's no question on that by a strike and you have back. Not only the city itself because of a loss of funds there but private industry will be hurt this doesn't help the city of New York and. I do think that the bargaining parties here ought to take that into consideration. While I do think that the most people have tried to be conscientious about this. And those businesses which have taken the position that unless the employees. Get to work to lose a day's pay which has happened in a few cases that have come to my attention I don't think that helps the mayor or the city of New York. And I want to again encourage all employers. Treat their employees faily who cooperate with me and my requests that non-essential people don't try to come to work if they have to travel by automobile. Hurry fighting. The parties are talking and when they make offers and counteroffers that means that they're getting down to the homestretch of negotiations and bargaining and which is encouraging. It can look a little better again I don't have anything good to reports but. It's not worse than it was and maybe a little better. I think you. Just lost your friends with all the city agencies during. Indeed I have been the emergency control center has been active throughout the night commissioners were on duty this morning very early indeed five thirty to six o'clock sites and traffic which is indeed very very bad the city departments are otherwise functioning normally thanks very much Martin. SAVIDGE. That was the deputy mayor Timothy COSTELLO You just heard a report from the mayor of New York City John Lindsay he began to settle the youngest morning and the mayor said Bing is very serious into Manhattan via the bridges too many cars one driver entering the city at this time the mayor mentioned that walkways and bridges are open to pedestrians. Adding a note stay home. At all possible stay home today and he went on to say the talk trucks are on the street operated by the farm a sanitation a day to evacuate. Those automobiles that have been stalled in the US lawyers not to penalize any workers coming in late today or not coming at all and that Esparza strike negotiations are going at this time they're still talking although there's no progress to report at the Americana Hotel the mayor will take a helicopter tour at eight A.M. this morning to survey the crappy situation let me mention that you probably have another live driving report to the city following the helicopter tour. Now we return to our studios right here at city hall in the reception room the mayor's room W. N.Y.C. radio and W. N.Y.C. T.V. Channel thirty one.