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: 496655

Reported Deaths: 33424
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Queens763167292
Kings747037385
Bronx550864986
Nassau493772208
Suffolk487172019
Westchester402021470
New York357893193
Rockland17760683
Richmond170851094
Orange13475505
Erie12855713
Monroe7174300
Dutchess5450163
Onondaga5337207
Albany3590136
Broome341583
Oneida2686128
Ulster250095
Niagara2050101
Putnam180063
Sullivan175048
Chemung16623
Schenectady154950
Saratoga131917
Rensselaer108842
Steuben97057
Chautauqua88713
Columbia69238
Ontario65035
Oswego6204
Tompkins6060
Tioga58930
Madison55917
Cortland5240
Greene49518
Wayne4715
Cattaraugus4626
Warren45233
Orleans39954
Otsego3935
St. Lawrence3904
Herkimer38910
Chenango3867
Genesee3815
Cayuga3732
Fulton36124
Washington33414
Livingston2988
Allegany2871
Montgomery2624
Clinton2425
Jefferson2030
Essex1970
Wyoming1855
Delaware1697
Seneca1403
Schuyler1190
Lewis1150
Yates1157
Schoharie1090
Franklin800
Hamilton160
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