August 5, 2020
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency Following Tropical Storm Isaias

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Declaration Made for Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and Contiguous Counties

 

Governor Activates 50 National Guard for Service in Putnam County

 

Declaration Enables State to Provide Additional Levels of Support to Local Governments Throughout the Clean-Up and Recovery Process

 

703,191 Power Outages Remain as Governor Directs Investigation into Response by Utility Companies

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency in New York in order to provide local governments with additional clean-up and operational support in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. The counties included in the declaration are: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester. Additionally, the declaration will also apply to those counties bordering the 11 specifically stated in the declaration, as that is standard practice. As such, Columbia, Ulster and Sullivan will also be covered by the order. By declaring a state of emergency, it allows state agencies to provide direct support to local governments without already having standing agreements in place.

 

Governor Cuomo also announced that he has directed the New York National Guard to mobilize 50 soldiers with vehicles to assist Putnam County officials with storm response, cleanup missions and ice and water distribution.

 

This declaration follows the Governor's announcement of an investigation into the operations of utility companies, before, during and after the storm, as 703,191 New Yorkers remain without power. As this investigation begins, all other state agencies with emergency response capabilities remain fully engaged with local governments across the state to ensure they have all the resources they need to complete clean-up and recovery operations.

 

"We're taking an all-hands-on-deck approach and activating every resource at our disposal to expedite communities' recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias," Governor Cuomo said. "The State is working closely with local governments to helpensure they have the help they need to get back on their feet. We're far too familiar with severe weather, but New Yorkers show their true spirit in times of crisis and we'll prove it once more."

 

As Tropical Storm Isaias moved quickly on northern track through the eastern portion of the state, it caused numerous downed trees, localized flash flooding and caused a peak of more than 920,000 power outages. While more than 216,000 outages have been restored, more than 703,000 still remain. 

 

Due to the apparent lack of adequate planning by utility companies, the Governor has directed the Department of Public Service to launch an investigation into the responses by Verizon, PSEG Long Island, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and New York State Electric & Gas to determine the causes of their failures. 

 

Outside of the investigation, the Department continues to work around the clock with senior executives at the utilities to ensure restoration moves as quickly and safely as possible. Utilities have deployed 7,000 workers to help with damage response and restoration and service.

 

Electric outages by company are as follows:

 

CHGE

64,863

CONED

180,274

NGRID

651

NYSEG

78,103

ORU

68,614

PSEG-LI

310,670

RGE

16

 

Current power outage numbers by county are as follows:

 

Albany

240

Bronx

23,989

Columbia

1,083

Delaware

140

Dutchess

43,710

Erie

412

Kings

4,152

Monroe

270

Nassau

135,720

Orange

44,757

Putnam

36,266

Queens

49,981

Rensselaer

230

Richmond

17,631

Rockland

41,395

Suffolk

169,416

Sullivan

7,815

Ulster

8,046

Warren

169

Westchester

117,636

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