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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.

Cases: 1998912

Reported Deaths: 51579
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2647539990
Queens2635139581
Suffolk1935463314
Nassau1773443116
Bronx1748526394
New York1322964329
Westchester1257262245
Erie825881706
Richmond707011753
Monroe611141034
Orange46133782
Rockland45700941
Onondaga36061661
Dutchess27982435
Albany23679345
Oneida21454497
Niagara18314333
Broome17417348
Saratoga14418160
Ulster13039241
Schenectady12420192
Rensselaer10679136
Putnam1021791
Chautauqua8419134
Chemung7162133
Oswego698690
Ontario688792
Steuben6296141
St. Lawrence621795
Sullivan615368
Cayuga587190
Jefferson546565
Wayne526067
Cattaraugus516981
Genesee5065121
Herkimer4930107
Clinton455032
Madison430286
Fulton408186
Tompkins405849
Livingston401858
Montgomery3896116
Columbia383299
Cortland354660
Tioga341258
Warren338656
Wyoming326151
Otsego319647
Allegany318583
Greene312674
Chenango309174
Washington285755
Orleans277683
Lewis245734
Franklin240312
Delaware217036
Seneca188356
Schoharie155215
Essex150426
Yates111026
Schuyler99014
Hamilton3012
Unassigned14367
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