Gov. Andrew Cuomo again declared a state of emergency Thursday for the Hudson Valley and downstate New York as a snowstorm threatens to dump as much as a foot of snow on parts of the state.
Cuomo made the declaration Thursday morning, allowing the state to deploy salt, plows and other resources to assist local governments responding to the storm.
“With this winter storm continuing to deliver snow, ice, and freezing rain across parts of the state, I am declaring a state of emergency in these regions so that we can continue to effectively respond to the storm and aid communities in need,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These regions are expected to continue to receive heavy snow that may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear.”
It’s the second time this month Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for snow, but so far Cuomo has not repeated his decision to close any major state highways.
Last week, Cuomo was criticized for closing Interstate 84, though State Police Commissioner Joseph D’Amico said the decision was made at his agency’s request. On Thursday, D’Amico said the storm hasn’t led to as many accidents on the state roadways as the one earlier this month did, so the highways remained opened.
“We make the determination to close roads on a case-by-case basis,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters. “It depends on the storm. It depends on how much prep time we had. It depends on how much time we had to treat the roads before.”
Cuomo encouraged drivers to stay off the roads. He said traffic was lighter than normal on many state roadways as many schools in the mid-to-lower Hudson Valley remained closed on Thursday.