April 10, 2012

No. 41: Declaring a Disaster in the County of Suffolk

TOP No. 41: Declaring a Disaster in the County of...


WHEREAS, on April 9, 2012 and continuing thereafter, wildfires have disrupted public transportation and utility service, and threatened public health and public safety systems within the County of Suffolk; and


WHEREAS, this event has caused power outages, damage to homes, apartments, and businesses, and damaged public and private property, and will 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 has occurred to 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 April 10, 2012, within the territorial boundaries of the County of Suffolk; and


FURTHER, pursuant to Section 29 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, I direct the implementation of the State Disaster Preparedness Plan and authorize, effective April 10, 2012, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the State Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the State Police, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the State Department of Corrections and Community Services, 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 American Red Cross and other State agencies as necessary, 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.


FURTHER, I have designated Steven Kuhr, Director of the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM), as the State Coordinating Officer for this event.

G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the
State in the City of Albany this tenth
day of April in the year two thousand twelve.




Secretary to the Governor