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Transit Strike Press Conference

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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

WNYC archives id: 70663
Municipal archives id: T1877