December 1, 2019
Albany, NY

No. 199: Declaring a Disaster in the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Ulster, and Contiguous Counties

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No. 199

 

E X E C U T I V E  O R D E R

 

DECLARING A DISASTER IN THE COUNTIES OF ALBANY, COLUMBIA, GREENE, RENSSELAER, SCHENECTADY, SARATOGA, AND ULSTER, AND CONTIGUOUS COUNTIES

 

WHEREAS, on December 1, 2019, and continuing thereafter, a severe winter storm began to impact New York State, posing an imminent danger to vital public transportation, utility service, public health, and public safety systems within the counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Ulster, and contiguous counties; and

 

WHEREAS, this winter storm is anticipated to produce snowfall amounts of up to 24 inches, at a rate of up to one to two inches per hour, with ice and sleet.  These conditions may cause widespread power outages and road closures, travel disruptions, and damage to public and private property throughout the impacted areas and will pose a threat to 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 of the State of New York and Section 28 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, do hereby find that a disaster is imminent for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.  Therefore, I hereby declare a State Disaster Emergency effective December 2, 2019 within the territorial boundaries of the counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Ulster, and contiguous counties.  This Executive Order shall be in effect until December 9, 2019; 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 December 2, 2019, 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 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, thisdeclaration satisfies the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 390.23(a)(l)(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 ensure that crews can clear vital roadways and hasten the movement of utility power restoration crews into New York State.

 

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 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 of thisExecutive Order through December 9, 2019, the following laws:

 

Section 38(1), (2) and (3) of the Highway Law and Article 4-C of the Economic Development Law, to the extent 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;

 

Section 97-G of the State Finance Law, to the extent 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 I of the State Constitution, and to the extent 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 necessary to combine design and construction services in one contract and/or to obtain design and construction inspection services;

 

Section 359-a and Section 2879 of the Public Authorities Law to the extent necessary to purchase necessary goods and services without following the standard procurement processes;

 

Sections 375, 385 and 401 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, to the extent that exemption for vehicles validly registered in other jurisdictions from the vehicle registration, equipment and dimension requirements is necessary to assist in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts;

 

Part F of Chapter 60 of the Laws of 2015, and Chapter 59 of 2017 to the extent necessary to award design-build and best value contracts without following the proscribed procurement process; and

 

 

 

 

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.

 

FURTHER, I hereby temporarily modify, for the period from the date of this Executive Order through December 9, 2019, 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 second day of December in the year two thousand nineteen.

 

 

 

BY THE GOVERNOR         

 

Secretary to the Governor

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