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Executive Order No. 198.16: Continuing the Declaration of Disaster Emergency in the Counties of Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne
WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 198, a disaster was declared within the counties of Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne due to extensive flooding, widespread erosion, and water damage that caused significant damage to homes and other residential structures, businesses, and public infrastructure;
WHEREAS, historic high water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River continue to be of concern as a cause of flooding, widespread erosion, and water damage, which continues to jeopardize infrastructure, coastline structures, natural barriers, and navigation; and
WHEREAS, the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative Commission has identified high-priority projects that were urgently needed, and continued to be needed to protect homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure; to sustainably maintain safe navigation channels; and to address the immediate and long-term resiliency of communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
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 extend the state disaster emergency declared pursuant to Executive Order No. 198 and all of its terms, conditions, directives, and temporary suspensions of identified provisions from the date that such disaster emergency was declared pursuant to Executive Order No. 198 through 198.13 until June 3, 2021, and will further includes the following suspensions/modifications:
- Section 8 of the Public Buildings Law shall be suspended, to the extent the Commissioner of General Services determines it necessary to authorize the award of contracts to open up navigation channels for public use on non-State property.
- In addition, the suspension of Section 9(2) and (4) of the Public Buildings Law is modified to allow the award of emergency contracts exceeding One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.
G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this fourth day of May in the year two thousand twenty-one.
BY THE GOVERNOR
Secretary to the Governor