March 15, 2017
Albany, NY

No. 164: Declaring a Disaster within the Territorial Boundaries of the State of New York

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No. 164

 

E X E C U T I V E  O R D E R

 

DECLARING A DISASTER WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL BOUNDARIES

OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

 

WHEREAS, on or about March 14, 2017 and continuing thereafter, hazardous winter weather conditions are forecasted for multiple counties due to a Nor’easter impacting several states.  Snowfall totals of 12 to 24 inches are forecasted across the State, with the potential for blizzard conditions and wind gusts up to 50 mph.  This Nor’easter poses an imminent danger to vital public transportation, utility service, and public health and public safety systems throughout the state; and

 

WHEREAS, this event may cause widespread power outages, moderate to severe coastal erosion and flooding, damage to homes, apartments, businesses, and public and private property, damage and uproot trees, and continue to pose a threat to the public health and safety;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of New York, do hereby find that a disaster is imminent for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.  Therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the State of New York and Section 28 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, I hereby declare a State Disaster Emergency effective March 14, 2017, within the territorial boundaries of the State of New York, and 

 

FURTHER, pursuant to Section 29 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, I direct the implementation of the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and authorize, effective March 14, 2017, the State Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the Division of State Police, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Public Service Commission, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Labor, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Office of General Services, the State University of New York, the Thruway Authority, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, other State agencies as necessary, and the American Red Cross to take appropriate action to protect State property and to assist affected local governments and individuals in responding to and recovering from this disaster, and to provide such other assistance as necessary to protect the public health and safety.

 

IN ADDITION, this declaration satisfies the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 390.23(a)(1)(A), which provides relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).  Such relief from the FMCSR is necessary to hasten the movement of utility power restoration crews into New York State.

 

IN ADDITION, this declaration satisfies the requirements of Executive Law 29-g, which authorizes use of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and satisfies the requirements of Executive Law 29-g(3)(c).

 

FURTHER, I have designated John Melville, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, as the State Coordinating Officer for this event.

 

 

FURTHER, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify specific provisions of any statute, local law, ordinance, orders, rules or regulations, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such provisions would prevent, hinder or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster, hereby temporarily suspend, for the period from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order until March 17, 2017, the following laws:

 

Sections 38(1), (2) and (3) of the Highway Law and Article 4-C of the Economic Development Law, to the extent that the Commissioner of Transportation determines it necessary to authorize the award of emergency contracts and/or to combine design and construction services in contracts and to use such services when needed;

 

Sections 9(2) and (4) of the Public Buildings Law and Article 4-C of the Economic Development Law, to the extent the Commissioner of General Services determines it necessary to authorize the award of emergency contracts and/or to combine design and construction services in contracts and/or to use such contracts and services when needed at a threshold above six hundred thousand dollars;

 

Section 97-G of the State Finance Law, to the extent that the Commissioner of General Services or the Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services determines it necessary to purchase food, supplies, services, and equipment or furnish or provide various centralized services, including but not limited to, building design and construction services to assist affected local governments, individuals, and other non-State entities in responding to and recovering from the disaster emergency.

 

Section 112 of the State Finance Law, to the extent consistent with Article V, Section 1 of the State Constitution, and to the extent that the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of General Services, or the Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services determines it necessary to add additional work, sites and time to State contracts, to award emergency contracts or award leases for relocation and support of State operations under Public Buildings Law Section 3, to award emergency contracts under Public Buildings Law Section 9, to award emergency contracts for professional services under Section 136-a of the State Finance Law and to award emergency contracts for commodities, services, technology and materials pursuant to Section 163 of the State Finance Law;

 

Section 136-a of the State Finance Law, to the extent that the Commissioner of Transportation or the Commissioner of General Services determines it necessary to combine design and construction services in one contract and/or to obtain design and construction inspection services;

 

Section 163 of the State Finance Law and Article 4-C of the Economic Development Law, to the extent of allowing the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of General Services, or the Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to purchase necessary commodities, services, technology and materials without following the standard notice and procurement processes;

 

Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law, and Part 15 of Title 17 and Part 617 of Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations, to the extent that the Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of General Services, or the Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services determines that work is immediately necessary for the replacement, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of structures; and

 

Part F of Chapter 60 of the Laws of 2015, to the extent of allowing the Commissioner of Transportation or the Commissioner of General Services to award design-build and best value contracts without following the proscribed procurement process.

FURTHER, I hereby temporarily suspend, for the period from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order until March 17, 2017, to the extent that any person or an attorney for any person has been directly affected by the disaster emergency, the following laws:

Section 180.80 of the Criminal Procedure Law, to the extent that it limits the time during which a defendant against whom a felony complaint has been filed with a local criminal court may be held in custody pending the disposition of such felony complaint when such limitation period concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order;

Section 201 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules, so far as it bars actions whose limitation period concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order, and so far as it limits a court’s authority to extend such time, whether or not the time to commence such an action is specified in Article 2 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules;

Section 5513 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules, so far as it relates to a limitation period that concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order;

Section 25 of the Court of Claims Act, so far as it relates to a limitation of time to appeal in which a limitation period concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order;

Sections 30.10 and 30.30 of the Criminal Procedure Law, so far as they may bar criminal prosecutions, in cases whose limitation periods conclude during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order;

Sections 460.10, 460.30, 460.50 and Article 460 of the Criminal Procedure Law, so far as they relate to a limitation of time to appeal and such limitation period concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order; and

Section 1113 of the Family Court Act, so far as it relates to a limitation of time to appeal and such limitation period concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order.

IN ADDITION, I hereby temporarily suspend and modify, for the period from the date of this Executive Order until further notice, any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation or part thereof, establishing limitations of time for the filing or service of any legal action, notice or other process or proceeding that the courts lack authority to extend through the exercise of discretion, where any limitation of time concludes during the period commencing from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order.

FURTHER, I hereby temporarily modify, for the period from the date that the disaster emergency was declared pursuant to this Executive Order until March 17, 2017, the following laws:

 

Section 24 of the Executive Law; Sections 104 and 346 of the Highway Law; Sections 1602, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1660 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law; Section 14(16) of the Transportation Law; Sections 6-602 and 17-1706 of the Village Law; Section 20(32) of the General City Law; Section 91 of Second Class Cities Law; Section 19-107(ii) of the New York City Administrative Code; and Section 107.1 of Title 21 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, to the extent necessary to provide the Governor with the authority to regulate traffic and the movement of vehicles on roads, highways, and streets.

 

 

G I V E N   under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this thirteenth day of March in the year two thousand seventeen.

 

 

BY THE GOVERNOR         

 

 

Secretary to the Governor

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