Under Governor Cuomo's State of Emergency Declaration, State Department of Transportation Joins Other State Agencies to Help Bring Cities Back to Business as Usual
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that at the request of the cities of Troy and Schenectady, state resources are being deployed to help both Capital Region cities dig out from the recent snowstorm. On December 2, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Ulster Counties as the large winter storm descended on areas across the state. Schenectady and Troy, two of the hardest hit cities, requested assistance under the State of Emergency declaration. The effort, led by the State Department of Transportation, involves dozens of trucks and personnel from six state agencies working hand in hand with the cities of Troy and Schenectady. Crews, which began to mobilize last night, are working 24 hours a day to get both cities back up and running. More than 80 state employees are involved in this operation.
"We had an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach to this snowstorm and our crews did a great job handling what mother nature put in our path," Governor Cuomo said. "We are all New Yorkers and when Schenectady and Troy requested additional assistance from the state the answer was of course 'yes'. We will always be there to partner with localities to meet the needs of residents and we are working with these local governments to dig out from the storm and get things back to normal."
In the City of Schenectady, the State Department of Transportation is working with the City in managing the snow removal operation. Five Department of Transportation crews are working 24 hours a day (two 12 hour shifts per day) dumping snow at designated dump sites and hauling it away until the snow is removed. Eight front end loaders, including five from the City of Schenectady and three from NYSDOT, are situated at designated sites to pile the snow. Twenty state dump trucks are involved in the operation, with ten being provided by NYSDOT, five from the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, three from the Department of Environmental Conservation, and one each from the New York Power Authority, New York State Canal Corporation and New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. In addition, four crews are loading trucks with front end loaders and one crew is loading trucks with a loader mounted snowblower. Three skid steers with buckets are also available to assist in removing snow that large equipment can't reach.
In the City of Troy, the State Department of Transportation is providing six large dump trucks, 12 dump truck operators, two snowblowers with two operators and a highway maintenance supervisor to support the operation, which is also running 24 hours a day until complete. Work locations include the following:
- Congress Street from Ferry St. to Pawling Avenue
- 3rd Street from Congress Street to Main Street
- 4th Street from Congress Street to Main Street
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are taking immediate action to help the Cities of Schenectady and Troy dig out from the recent storm. NYSDOT's dedicated and experienced workforce will continue our efforts to assist all New Yorkers recover from this record snowfall for as long as it takes to get the job done."
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said, "We are very thankful for Governor Cuomo's assistance in helping us recover from the snowstorm, and we salute the response team for working to complete this undertaking in less than half the time that was originally estimated. The resources from the State are a tremendous help for our community."
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said, "We appreciate Governor Cuomo's swift response to the snowstorm. With the State's assistance, we will ensure that our roads are cleared and safe for citizens of Troy and the Capital Region."