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Cuomo, Picente, Palmieri urging people to stay off roads during winter storm

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging people to stay off the roads, and stay safe during this weekend's snow storm.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019 9:55 AM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2019 2:15 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging people to stay off the roads, and stay safe during this weekend's snow storm.

Cuomo addressed the Mohawk Valley at the Department of Transportation facility on Chenango Road in Utica Saturday afternoon.

The governor was joined by familiar faces, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri who both echoed the governor's concerns. The biggest takeaway from the pre-snow briefing was safety. All three said that people should respect the snow emergencies and travel restrictions during the storm, and stay off the roads.

"If you don't have to be on the road this weekend -- then you really shouldn't be on the road. We don't want to have to send emergency crews out unnecessarily," said Cuomo during the press conference. 

In anticipation of the storm the governor has already placed a ban on buses and tractor-trailers on the Thruway, which takes effect at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

WKTV will have full coverage of Cuomo's visit Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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