NEW YORK CITY – NOVEMBER 12: People line up to pay their respects at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, November 12, 2017.
(Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – NOVIEMBER 10: People hold up signs in front of the New York Stock Exchange on November 10, 2017 in New Jersey.
(credit: Steve Helber/Getty) NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEUR OCTOBER 19: A man wears a hat and scarf while holding a sign reading ‘No Borders’ as he walks with his girlfriend to the St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral in this file photo from October 19, 2017 taken in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Credit: Jim Watson via Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBRE 03: An employee works on the floor of a subway station on October 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California.
(Getty Images/Andrew Harnik) NEW JERSEY, NJ – NOVOEMBER 07: People walk past a statue of Mary Magdalene outside the Grand Central Terminal in New London, New Jersey, on November 07, 2017.(Credit: Michael Buckner/GettyImages) NEW DELHI – NOVAIL – NOVDAY 25: People participate in a rally on November 25, 2017 outside the Indian consulate in New Delhi, India.(Credit – K.P. Das/AFP via GettyImages) BROOKLYN, NY (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday he is banning all foreign travel to and from the city in an attempt to reduce the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
New York City officials have announced a temporary ban on all domestic flights and a partial shutdown of the subway system, a move that was widely criticized by the state’s political leaders and residents.
In a tweet Friday, de Blasio called the decision to ban the city’s major airports and airlines “the right thing to do.”
“This is the right thing for the people of New York to do.
Our city has lost a great deal of money and we need help to rebuild,” de Blasio tweeted.
The decision was made Friday after the governor issued a directive suspending state assistance for many low-income residents.
De Blasio also said New York will close its beaches, and it is suspending its tourism program, which helps residents pay for the cost of visiting the city.
The governor also issued a proclamation to temporarily shut down the city-owned airports, but it will remain in effect for a limited period, until at least Dec. 17.
In New York state, flights to New Jersey and New York and New Jersey Transit will not be allowed between the states.
The shutdown of subway service will also remain in place for the duration of the storm.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie said the move was “just wrong” and he called the mayor’s announcement “a dangerous and irresponsible move.”
Christie also said he is calling on President Donald Trump to visit New York in the coming days.
He said Trump’s visit would help the city recover.
The move comes a week after the state began a partial closure of its airports, including JFK, Newark Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, in anticipation of the landfall of Sandy.
New Jersey has received more than $200 million in federal disaster aid.