Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially declared sections of of NY State of Emergency for the Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island regions as a Nor’Easter storm continues to impact parts of the State.
Under a state of emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to State use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would otherwise impede their rapid response are suspended.
During a morning news conference with journalists this morning, Cuomo said, “With this winter storm continuing to deliver snow, ice, and freezing rain across parts of the State, I am declaring a state of emergency in these regions so that we can continue to effectively respond to the storm and aid communities in need,” Governor Cuomo added. “These regions are expected to continue to receive heavy snow that may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear. New Yorkers should stay off of the roads and remain in their homes until the worst of the storm has passed.”
Now that portions of New York State have been declared a state of emergency the governor warns this may be a long duration storm dumping approximately 3" per hour. The native New Yorker calls this is a dangerous, with not only snow, but rain, sleet, and ice.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today held a conference call with members of the media to declare a state of emergency for the Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island regions as a Nor’Easter storm continues to impact parts of the State.
Audio of today’s call is available here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/audio/021314GovStormCall.mp3