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Gov. Cuomo declares statewide State Of Emergency

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for all of New York State, effective immediately as a winter storm continues to bring heavy snow, ice, and freezing rain to communities in both the upstate and downstate regions.

"This is a significant winter storm impacting all regions of the state and we are taking all necessary steps to keep New Yorkers safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I have declared a state of emergency for all counties so that we can continue our effective and quick response in communities that have been hit the hardest. New Yorkers in affected regions should stay off the roads, check on their neighbors and loved ones, and stay inside their homes until the worst of the storm has passed."

Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald added that commuters should not be using I-84 until further notice, as crews continue to clear snow and ice from the roadway.

"The State Police will be monitoring Interstate 84 throughout New York State to ensure that vehicles are not on the road until the ban is lifted. Drivers across the State should exercise extreme caution if travel is absolutely necessary, and only use roadways that are open," said State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.

Under a state of emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to State use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would otherwise impede their rapid response are suspended.

The state has 1,789 plows, 359 loaders and 4,185 operators working the storm.

According to officials, the state has adequate salt supply for all state roads, but areas in New York City and on Long Island have reported shortages. The governor has directed the Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority to move surplus salt supplies from state stockpiles to New York City and Long Island localities in need. A total of 3,500 tons of road salt – about 130 truckloads – is being sent to those communities.

A full vehicle ban is in effect on Interstate 84 and will remain in place until further notice. Any vehicles found on the road before the ban has been lifted will be ticketed.

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