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Cuomo declares State of Emergency in 7 counties, advises non-essential state employees to stay home

Gov. 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.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 12:11 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2019 12:46 PM

Gov. 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.

Cuomo 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.

"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," said Cuomo.

As the storm continues throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning, areas in the Capital Region could another eight inches of snow. Given these totals, Cuomo 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.

Reduced speed limits remain in effect on a number of state-owned roadways, including:

  • All State owned Parkways in DOT Region 8 (Hudson Valley)
  • I-81: PA line to Syracuse
  • Route 17: Binghamton to I-84
  • I-84: Entire length
  • I-86: from PA line to Binghamton
  • I-88: Binghamton to I-90
  • I-99: Entire length
  • I-684: Entire length
  • I-90: exit 41 to exit 24 (Albany)
  • I-87: from exit 24 to exit 15 including the Berkshire spur. The speed restriction in place on the NYS Thruway between exit 29 (Canajoharie) to exit 15 (NJ I-287) including the Berkshire Spur.

While snowplows from DOT and Thruway remain out in full effect, New York State police have already responded to more than 740 storm-related crashes statewide and assisted 558 disabled vehicles. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 420860

Reported Deaths: 32774
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Suffolk437861998
Nassau436552194
Westchester362051447
Rockland13942674
Orange11159491
Erie8904671
Monroe4956285
Dutchess4607153
Onondaga3576200
Albany2595128
Oneida2146115
Ulster206292
Niagara149898
Sullivan148948
Putnam144963
Broome112669
Schenectady105837
Rensselaer76530
Saratoga75717
Columbia54037
Madison41217
Ontario36034
Warren30833
Orleans29854
Steuben29842
Fulton29624
Greene29218
Genesee2775
Herkimer2744
St. Lawrence2634
Washington25914
Chautauqua2539
Oswego2533
Wayne2503
Tompkins2340
Chenango2166
Tioga19325
Livingston1768
Montgomery1764
Chemung1713
Cattaraugus1656
Cayuga1522
Jefferson1420
Clinton1274
Wyoming1185
Otsego1165
Delaware1054
Cortland950
Seneca893
Allegany791
Schoharie690
Yates577
Essex550
Franklin540
Lewis410
Schuyler220
Hamilton80
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