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Molinaro Declares Countywide State of Emergency

Published: 1/26/2015

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, in consultation with the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the National Weather Service from Albany, has declared a countywide State of Emergency for the County of Dutchess will go into effect at 9pm this evening (Monday, January 26, 2015).   It will remain in effect until officially rescinded.  The State of Emergency restricts travel on all roadways within Dutchess County.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Based on the weather reports out of Albany, we have issued a State of Emergency for Dutchess County effective 9pm to ensure public safety and allow road crews to keep up with the storm.”   

The State of Emergency declaration states:  “All roadways in Dutchess are closed and traffic is prohibited except for: medical and health facility personnel, law enforcement and public safety personnel, first responders, utility, maintenance and public works personnel, snow removal sanding, salting and clearing operations personnel, facility operations persons deemed necessary for plant operations by their employers and public and government personnel involved in the emergency operations.”

The state of emergency is issued pursuant to Section 24 of New York State Executive Law.   It is enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies..