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SCHOOL CLOSINGS/DELAYS:

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OTHER CLOSINGS:

Colonie Center: Due to inclement weather, Colonie Center is closed today. Will resume regular business hours tomorrow, December 3, 2019.

ViaPort Rotterdam: Due to the weather ViaPort Rotterdam mall, Via Aquarium and Entertainment will be closed today (12/2).

City of Rensselaer Common Council Workshop Meeting postponed until 12/4 at 6:00 p.m.

Town of Colonie Offices: All Town of Colonie offices will be closed at 2:00 p.m. Monday, including the William K. Sanford Town Library and the Colonie Justice Court.

Anyone with cases will have to reschedule with the Colonie Justice Court, 518-783-2714.

Saratoga County Offices/DMV: Saratoga County offices, including the Clifton Park, Wilton, and Ballston Spa DMVs, closed at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019, due to inclement weather. They will reopen for normal business at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

Holiday Lights in the Park: Closed Monday, December 2 due to winter weather.

STATE OF EMERGENCIES:

Gov. Cuomo declares a State of Emergency for Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Ulster Counties.

Schenectady County: All travel is restricted, except for emergency services such as fire, police, healthcare, and hospital services. The State of Emergency runs from 12 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS:

SCHENECTADY: Schenectady Surface Lots closing at 8 p.m. Cars will be towed if they are not moved from the lots:

  • City Hall Lot- 8 p.m.
  • Center City Lot- 8:30 p.m.
  • Amtrak Lot- 9 p.m.
  • Franklin/Liberty Lot: 9:30 p.m.

The surface lots will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  Broadway Garage parking is open and free of charge.

STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:

Information provided by the National Weather Service.

SNOW EMERGENCIES:

The following cities and towns have issued snow emergencies:

Albany:

Please be advised the City of Albany has issued a SNOW EMERGENCY that will begin on Tuesday, December 3, at 8:00 p.m.  At that time, all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

  • During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency, beginning Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m., all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.
  • Beginning Wednesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m., all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period.
  • Vehicles may begin to park on the odd numbered side of the street beginning Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in order to comply with the second 24-hour restricted parking period.

If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the snow emergency, your vehicle will be ticketed and may be towed.

After the second 24-hour restricted parking period, please stay tuned for further announcements.  For SNOW EMERGENCY information, call 518-476-SNOW (7669) or visit the City of Albany’s website at albanyny.gov, facebook.com/AlbanyMayorKathySheehan, and twitter.com/MayorSheehan

Important Contacts During the Snow Emergency:

  • For general snow inquiries call the Department of General Services at 518-434-CITY (2489).
  • To report power outages and determine area repair schedules, call National Grid at 800-642-4272.
  • In an emergency, call 911.

During the SNOW EMERGENCY, the City of Albany has made available additional parking at various lots throughout the City:

ARBOR HILL/SHERIDAN HOLLOW

  • Parking Area Adjoining Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark St.)
  • 230 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • 178 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • Ten Broeck Mansion (Parking Lot & Sidewalk West End)
  • Albany Parking Authority’s Quackenbush Garage (Please see note below regarding limited availability)

PINE HILLS

  • Ridgefield Park (Enter on Partridge St.)
  • Woodlawn Park Little League
  • Waterson Park (Westland Hills – Enter on Colvin Ave.)
  • Washington Park (All Roadways and Parking Areas)

SOUTH END

  • Krank Park Area
  • Franklin St. (Between Schuyler St. & Bassett St. – East Side)
  • Lincoln Park (All Interior Roadways & Parking Area)

CENTER SQUARE/MANSION

  • 77 Philip St. (Playground)
  • 88 Philip St. (Playground)

NORTH ALBANY

  • North Second St. & North Third St. (Above Pearl St.)
  • Parking Area across from North Albany American Legion Post

WEST END

  • Bleecker Stadium (Parking Area & Roadways)
  • North Side of Livingston Ave. (Opposite Judson St. Parking Lot)

Conflict Streets:

Signs have been installed on streets throughout the City that have both odd and even numbered addresses, or no addresses at all, indicating what side of the street is even and what side is odd for purposes of snow emergencies.  Please take notice of these signs when moving your vehicle during the SNOW EMERGENCY.

Zone C Residential Permit Parking Holders:

During a SNOW EMERGENCY and for 24 hours after the end of a SNOW EMERGENCY, individuals with a residential parking permit in Zone C will be allowed to park for free in the Quackenbush Garage (Orange Street between Broadway and Water Street).

For individuals with Zone C permits (Ten Broeck Triangle, Clinton Avenue, N. Hawk Street, Hall Place), levels 4, 5, and 6 are available for parking at the Quackenbush Garage.

To utilize the free parking within the Quackenbush Garage, the resident must take a ticket upon entering the garage.  When exiting, the resident must go to customer service where they must confirm their last name and plate number.  Only one ticket will be validated per plate number and last name.

Vehicle Towing:

If your vehicle has been towed, call Albany Police Department at 518-438-4000 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle.

Sidewalk Snow Removal:

It is imperative that property owners keep the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property clear for pedestrians to safely pass by. According to City Code 323-21, it is the responsibility of all property owners’ and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

If your sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal and charged a fine.

Other Snow Event Information:

Snow emergency brochures, which outline all Snow Emergency procedures, can be picked up at any City firehouse, police station, City Hall, or branches of the Albany Public Library.  A digital version can also be found by visiting the City of Albany Department of General Services website.

City of Amsterdam:

Starts 12/01/19 at 9:00 p.m. – Until snow emergency is lifted.

  • The Snow Emergency requires that all motor vehicles be removed from City of Amsterdam streets by 9:00pm, Sunday December 1st, 2019 and must remain off city streets until the snow emergency is lifted.
  • APD will begin towing operations at the above listed time unless requested earlier DPW or necessity. Motorist needing parking accommodations can visit the Amsterdam Police Department Facebook page to view a list of city owned parking lots. The list is also presented in the “SNOW” pamphlet that is available for pick up at the Amsterdam Police Department or at Amsterdam City Hall.
  • A follow up press release will be sent out to notify the public when the Snow Emergency will be lifted. For immediate cell phone notification regarding this or any City emergency, please sign up for Nixle at www.nixle.com or simply text your zip code (12010) to 888-777.

The Town of Brunswick

12:00 NOON Sunday, December 1, 2019 until Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

Residents are asked to park in their driveways. There will be no parking in the streets.

Any vehicle in violation of the parking restrictions will be ticketed and/ or towed at the owner’s expense.

Village of Chatham

Starts 12/01/19 at 12 p.m. – Until further notice from Village

  • Kinderhook St.; Woodbridge Ave.; Cemetery Hill Rd.; Library Place; Locust St. People are encouraged to park in Depot Square Parking Lot.
  • As a reminder there is no overnight parking on the Village of Chatham Streets from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. All two hour parking laws will not be enforced during the snow emergency
  • For further information please check the Village of Chatham Facebook and web page.

Cohoes

  • Cohoes Mayor Christopher Briggs has declared a Snow Emergency in the City of Cohoes commencing at 7:00a.m. on Monday, December 2, there will be NO parking on the EVEN side of the street for a 24 hour period. On the following day, Tuesday, December 3, beginning at 7:00 a.m. there will be NO parking on the ODD side of the street for a 24 hour period. Any vehicles not moved to the appropriate side of the street will be subject to ticketing and towing.
  • Please note the City of Cohoes is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all motorists, pedestrians and community members entirely, and is kindly asking all residents to abide by the emergency parking notice.  This proactive approach will assist in the ability to allow emergency personnel vehicles to proceed down narrow downtown streets with ease. 
  • Residents that live on “one-way” streets with parking on only one side are allowed to park on the opposite side as long as it obeys with the snow emergency. The Mayor is asking all residents to pitch in and remember to shovel out fire hydrants in the vicinity of their property and please make sure your sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. 

Village of Colonie

  • The Village of Colonie is enacting a Snow Emergency effective today December 1, 2019.  The Emergency will be in effect until Tuesday December 3rd at 11:00 am.  During this time there shall be no parking on Village of Colonie streets to aid snow removal.

Glens Falls

  • In anticipation of a long-duration snow event beginning Sunday afternoon and lasting through Tuesday morning, Mayor Dan Hall has declared a snow emergency in the City of Glens Falls for both Sunday night and Monday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  During a snow emergency, on-street parking is banned and vehicle travel should be avoided to allow plows to clear the streets and emergency vehicles to travel unimpeded. Motorists who must travel are urged to use extreme caution as driving conditions are expected to deteriorate as the storm progresses.

Green Island

  • All vehicles must be removed from Village streets by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Vehicles not moved will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Cars will not be allowed back on the streets until snow removal operations are completed. Please call the Green Island Police Department at 518-655-7854 or the Village Office at 518-273-2201 during regular business hours if further information is needed.

Glens Falls

  • In anticipation of a long-duration snow event beginning Sunday afternoon and lasting through Tuesday morning, Mayor Dan Hall has declared a snow emergency in the City of Glens Falls for both Sunday night and Monday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  During a snow emergency, on-street parking is banned and vehicle travel should be avoided to allow plows to clear the streets and emergency vehicles to travel unimpeded. Motorists who must travel are urged to use extreme caution as driving conditions are expected to deteriorate as the storm progresses.

The Town of Lenox, MA

  • SNOW EMERGENCY beginning Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 4 pm continuing through Tuesday, 03 December 2019 at 4 pm.  Any vehicles parked on any streets town wide will be towed at the owner’s expense for snow removal purposes.

City of Pittsfield

Starts 12/01/19 at 11 a.m. – 12/03/19 at 1 p.m.

  • No vehicle is permitted to be parked or to be allowed to stand unattended on any street or way required to be plowed by the city except North Street, South Street and municipal parking lots where parking is allowed between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the snow emergency.
  • No vehicle is permitted to park or stand unattended on any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m., so the lots may be plowed and sanded. Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.
  • For the duration of the snow emergency, individuals who have no off-street parking available may park their cars in unreserved parking spaces of the McKay Street parking garage without penalty. City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of the storm’s end and that it is a violation of city ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto city streets and sidewalks. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.

City of Rensselaer

Starts 12/01/19 at 8 a.m.

  • NO PARKING will start on the ODD side of the streets for a 24 hour period.
  • The SNOW EMERGENCY will then switch sides on 12/02/19 at 8 a.m.
  • NO PARKING on the EVEN side of the street for a 24 hour period

Rotterdam

12/01/19 at Midnight – 12/3/19 at Midnight

  • The Rotterdam Highway Superintendent has issued a Snow Emergency for the Town of Rotterdam effective at Midnight Sunday 12/1/19. The Snow Emergency will be in effect until Midnight Tuesday 12/3/19. There is no parking allowed on any town roadways during the snow emergency. Vehicles found to be in violation will be ticketed and towed. 

Saratoga Springs

Snow Emergency Declared for Saratoga Springs Effective December 2nd at 9:00 am

  • Emergency Situation Announced to Close City Hall Operations
  • Saratoga Springs, NY – Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco has declared a snow emergency in the City of Saratoga Springs in preparation for the upcoming winter storm. The snow emergency is effective at 9:00 am on Monday, December 2, and will be in effect until 9:00 pm Wednesday, December 4. During a snow emergency, all vehicles must be moved to a cleared or plowed area every twelve hours. City streets with alternate side parking are not impacted and cars should be moved in accordance with the posted guidelines.
  • Mayor Meg Kelly also announced an emergency situation to close all non-emergency functions of city government on Monday December 2, 2019.  Police, fire, and DPW snow removal operations will continue uninterrupted. The closure of city hall operations requires the re-scheduling of the City Council pre-agenda meeting to Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9:30 am.
  • City residents can report snow removal issues to the Department of Public Works by calling DPW dispatch at 518-584-3356.

Town of Schodack

Starts 12/01/19 at 12 p.m. – 12/03/19 at 8 a.m.

  • No on street parking during this time. Please move basketball hoops and trash cans back 3 feet from the pavement edge.

Village of Scotia

  • HOLIDAY ON THE AVE IS STILL ON – Come one, Come all.Mohawk Ave, today, Sunday December 1 from 2 to 5
    After the festivities and due to the expected storm, the Village of Scotia has declared a snow emergency. As a result, a parking ban will be in effect on all streets and in the municipal lot from 12:01 a.m. Monday (December 2nd) until 6 a.m. on Tuesday (December 3rd). Violators may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

City of Troy

  • The Snow Emergency will begin Tuesday, December 3 at 8 a.m. Normal parking rules and regulations will be temporarily suspended on designated Snow Emergency streets only.
    • Beginning 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, all vehicles must be parked on the EVEN-numbered side of designated Snow Emergency streets for 24 hours.
    • Beginning 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 4, 2019, all vehicles must be parked on the ODD-numbered side of designated Snow Emergency streets for the next 24 hours.

If your vehicle is parked in violation of these guidelines, you will receive a parking ticket and your vehicle will be towed, both at the owner’s expense.

Additional snow removal operations may be scheduled as conditions warrant. If necessary, an emergency may be extended an additional 48 hours with the odd/even parking restrictions starting over.


Town of Nassau Winter Storm Directive


In consultation with the Nassau Highway Superintendent:
By Order and Directive,
Due to the impeding significant snowfall of an approaching winter storm, effective noon today (December 1, 2019) until Tuesday noon (December 3, 2019) there is no parking on any roadway in the Town of Nassau. Vehicles impeding snow removal will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Residents should plan for treacherous road conditions and the possibility of power outages due to storm conditions.
Nassau Highway has been preparing for the storm for several days. Plow beats take 3-4 hours so heavy snow buildup on roads is possible. Please exercise caution and be safe.

Village of Waterford

The Village of Waterford has called a Snow Emergency as of 12:00pm (noon) today, Monday December 2nd 2019, until further notice.

City of Watervliet

  • Has declared a Snow Emergency effective Tuesday December 3, beginning at 7:00 AM. The Emergency will be in effect until Thursday December 5 at 7:00 AM.
  • Beginning on Monday, the Watervliet Police Department will begin the process of notifying residents, through NIXLE, of the process of snow removal and what areas will be affected on that given day. All residents should opt-in to the NIXLE system by visiting watervlietpolice.com in order to remain informed about the process of Snow Removal in the City of Watervliet.
  • When a Snow Emergency is declared, the City of Watervliet conducts a comprehensive snow removal process that requires residents to move their vehicles in order for plows to clean streets from curb to curb. Any vehicles that do not follow this process are subject to ticket and tow from the area. Police vehicles precede the plows and direct residents when to move their vehicles.
  • Please contact the general Manager’s Office for clarification on this process at 518-270-3800 ext. 122.
  • Please stay informed by tuning into local television and print media news reports, NIXLE updates, and the Watervliet Police Social Media outlets.
  • Please contact 518-270-3823 for a recorded message as well as any questions you may have.

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