POUGHKEEPSIE – On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo lifted all travel and tractor trailer restrictions on roadways across New York State. The Governor made the announcement at a briefing in Poughkeepsie on the extreme winter storm and discussed the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the effects of the storm. The Governor also announced the deployment of additional resources to the Mid-Hudson Valley to support the region.
“We have been redeploying assets now from New York City and Long Island” said Governor Cuomo, “and we’re going to move them to the areas where we need the most help. Binghamton needs help in Broome County. We have Utica and Rome, and Poughkeepsie and Beacon are going to be our priority areas. For Poughkeepsie and Beacon, we’re going to redeploy an additional 100 National Guard and an additional 100 pieces of equipment to help in Poughkeepsie and Beacon.”
Mayor Rolison welcomes the state support to help with clean-up. “On the major thoroughfares and the arterials, where we’ve got huge, huge mounds of snow, where we’ve got visibility issues, covered fire hydrants, covered driveways – we’re now going to have an operational meeting to see exactly what those resources and assets will be and how we’ll partner up with our Department of Public Works to have an impact and have it quick.”
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From the City of Poughkeepsie:
City of Poughkeepsie: Snow Conditions Update Updates as of 6:00 PM, Wednesday March 15, 2017.
Governor Sends Resources into the City of Poughkeepsie
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the NY State DOT Region 8 Headquarters this afternoon to announce that at the request from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, the Governor has deployed NYSDOT personnel and equipment into the City along with personnel and assets from the NY Army National Guard. NYSDOT, which arrived in the City this afternoon along with members of the National Guard will be initially concentrating on the arterial highways for the removal and carting of snow from the sides of the arterial which will then allow individuals access to blocked driveways, covered fire hydrants, sidewalks, and intersections where large piles of snow exist due to snow operations.
NYSDOT will be coordinating with the Department of Public Works on all aspects of snow removal within the City of Poughkeepsie. Our expectation is as we are able to utilize these state assets; we will be able to concentrate our Department of Public Works resources in other areas of the City.
An operational meeting was held this afternoon following the Governor’s visit with members of Governor’s office, County Executive Marc Molinaro, NYSDOT, State Police, National Guard, NY State Office of Emergency Management, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, along with other members of County and City officials from the Department of Public Works. “The operations in the City will be subject to change based on need and priority. We are extremely grateful to the Governor, who has granted our request for state resources. In addition, we would like to thank the county who is actively involved in snow operations in and around the central business district,” Mayor Rob Rolison stated. “We will continue to keep the public informed on all aspects of this multi-jurisdictional response in the City of Poughkeepsie.”
The Mayor would like to thank the residents of the City of Poughkeepsie for their patience and assistance during this major snow event that has affected our City.
Information for Thursday, March 16th:
• The Snow emergency remains in effect until further notice.
• Please do not put garbage on the street, as City Sanitation services are cancelled for Thursday, March 16th 2017.
• City Transit System will operate on a full schedule Thursday, March 16th (*Subject to change due to street conditions on transit routes*)
Clearing Snow from Hydrants
When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need. Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.