Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a State of Emergency in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster Counties as a large winter storm continues to impact New York.
The Governor has also activated 300 members of the National Guard to assist with snow removal and clean-up operations in these seven counties. Already, areas throughout the Capital Region have seen more than 12 inches of snow, with areas in the Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Mid-Hudson Regions seeing up to eight inches in some areas.
As the storm continues throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning, areas in the Capital Region could another eight inches of snow. Given these totals, the Governor announced that non-essential employees in State offices in Albany, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Fulton, Montgomery, Washington, Rensselaer, Ulster, Schoharie and Saratoga Counties can stay home from work without having to charge accruals.
New Yorkers planning to travel throughout Monday and on Tuesday morning are being urged to continue using extreme caution.
The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated in Enhanced Monitoring Mode and the National Guard continues to be on standby to assist with storm-related operations in the event they are needed. The Governor has also deployed state agency commissioners from DHSES, DOT, Thruway Authority and State Police to regions being hardest hit by the storm to oversee operations.
“As parts of the state continues to face severe winter weather and dangerous driving conditions, I am declaring a State of Emergency in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster Counties and am deploying 300 members of the National Guard to assist with ongoing operations,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our state is no stranger to this type of extreme winter weather and these additional measures will be critical in our efforts to keep all New Yorkers safe throughout the remainder of this storm.”
Numerous winter weather warnings, watches, and advisories issued by the National Weather Service remain in effect throughout the state. For a complete listing of advisories and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.
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