ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency on Saturday for Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady, Saratoga, and contiguous counties as Hurricane Henri threatens to make landfall in Long Island on Sunday.
Henri is expected to make landfall on Long Island or in southern New England by Sunday afternoon. New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a major hurricane season storm since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. New England's last hurricane was in 1991, with the deadly Bob.
"New Yorkers are no strangers to the damage that is possible after dealing with a hurricane - we experienced it with Superstorm Sandy and Henri is set to be that level of storm," Governor Cuomo said.
The Governor's declaration of a state of emergency ensures resources which are assigned for State use only are provided to local governments to help protect citizens and infrastructure. It also suspends regulations which would impede a rapid and effective response during an emergency or disaster.
Governor Cuomo activated 500 National Guard troops for deployment to Long Island and the Hudson Valley region to help localities with storm response efforts.
On Sunday, the Governor announced that President Biden had issued a federal disaster declaration, which Cuomo says will help counties recover from Henri.
"That is what's called a pre-landfall declaration. Very often we have an emergency declaration by the federal government after the storm. Why is the emergency declaration important? Because the emergency delaration triggers federal reimbursement. When we can obtain a pre-landfall declaration from the federal government, it means all the preparatory work we're now doing will also be subject to federal reimbursement."