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New York - Home to The Big Apple, the Great Appalachian Valley, the Allegheny Plateau, and the Adirondack Mountains

New York State is the 27th-most extensive, fourth-most populous, and seventh-most densely populated state. 

New York City is home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic landmarks, and is the country's center of art, culture, fashion and finance . The city’s 5 boroughs sit where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, with the island borough of Manhattan at the “Big Apple's" core. Other major cities in New York State include Hempstead, Brookhaven, and Buffalo.

Major Roadways in New York

There are 32 Interstate Highways—9 main routes and 23 auxiliary routes—that exist entirely or partially in New York. In New York, Interstate Highways are mostly maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). 

 I-78 - I-78 crosses the Hudson River from New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel and ends at the tunnel plaza in Lower Manhattan.

I-81 - I-81 crosses the New York–Pennsylvania border south of Binghamton and heads through central New York and the North Country to the Thousand Islands, where it becomes Ontario Highway 137 at the Canadian border. Along the way, I-81 passes through the cities of Syracuse and Watertown.

I-84 - I-84 crosses the New York–Pennsylvania state line near the point where New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey meet in the vicinity of Port Jervis. It heads generally east–west across Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties to the Connecticut state line east of Brewster.

I-86 - I-86, known as the Southern Tier Expressway, heads east–west across the Southern Tier from the Pennsylvania state line west of Findley Lake to NY 352 east of downtown Elmira.

I-87 - I-87 extends from the Bronx approach to the Triborough Bridge in New York City to the Canadian border near Champlain, where it connects with Quebec Autoroute 15, the Decarie Expressway of Montreal. 

I-88- I-88 serves as a connector between I-81 near Binghamton and the New York State Thruway (I-90) near Schenectady.

The Climate Regions of New York

In general, New York has a humid continental climate, though New York City has a humid subtropical climate. Weather in New York is heavily influenced by two continental air masses: a warm, humid one from the southwest and a cold, dry one from the northwest.

Summer like conditions prevail from June to August statewide. Cold air damming east of the Appalachians leads to protracted periods of cloud cover and precipitation east of the range, primarily between the October and April months. On average, western New York is cloudier than southeast New York, much of it generated from the Great Lakes. Greenhouse gas emission is low on a per capita basis when compared to most other states due to the extensive use of mass transit, particularly across New York City. The significant urbanization within New York City has led to an urban heat island, which causes temperatures to be warmer overnight in all seasons.

Extreme weather conditions can make driving in New York a challenge. Go to 511 New York to get more information about driving conditions statewide.

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What to do after a serious accident in New York

If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a motor vehicle accident in New York, it is essential to get legal assistance to cover the medical bills, lost income, and other costs that arise. A good New York personal injury attorney will make sure that you and your family are compensated so that you can begin rebuilding your life.  

Legal and Other Resources and Information

MADD-New York State Office

If you or a loved one has been affected by drunk driving, MADD is here to help. VICTIM/SURVIVOR 24-Hour Help Line 877.MADD.HELP

New York DOT - Department of Transportation

It is the mission of the New York State Department of Transportation to ensure our customers - those who live, work and travel in New York State -- have a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system.  

New York State Police

The New York State Police works to ensure the safety of the state's roadways, prevent and investigate crime, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters and provide support to other law enforcement agencies.

New York 511

511 New York is the free, official one-stop, all-encompassing telephone and Web service offering information on transportation services and conditions throughout New York State. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fordham University of Law

Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than a century. While the legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of a Fordham Law education has not. We value academic excellence, the pursuit of justice, and the ethical practice of the lawyer’s craft. We impart the warmth of community within the School and wherever Fordham Law alumni are found around the globe. Fordham lawyers are dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and using the law “in the service of others.” We call this the Fordham Law Difference.

Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School combines inspired teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a close-knit and collegial intellectual community. Hallmarks include: a faculty that excels not only in scholarly productivity, but also in teaching ability;  an approach to legal education that encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary study; a global emphasis, including educational partnerships around the world; a part of Cornell University, one of the world’s great research universities; and graduates who are connected and make a difference. 

Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School is renowned for the intellectual rigors of its curriculum and the groundbreaking scholarship of its faculty. Our mission of teaching and research serves the world at large and instills in our students a cosmopolitan worldview that prepares them to be exceptionally capable, ethical, and resourceful leaders. Drawing unparalleled strength from the vast interdisciplinary resources of our distinguished research university—and the global stage that is our New York City location—our students complete their legal training ready to engage the world’s most challenging issues across borders, jurisdictions, subject matters, sectors, and industries. Our training includes J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. programs.

CUNY-City University of New York Law School

CUNY Law students bring a passion to make a difference in their communities. CUNY Law gives them the tools to make that change. As the nation's premier public interest law school, we are driven by a mission to enhance the diversity of the legal profession and graduate outstanding attorneys intent on creating change for the better. A CUNY Law education prepares lawyers who are ready to right the wrongs, stand up for the underserved and fight for social justice.

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