Jonathan GordonMar 21, 2018, 4:46 pm

NY governor declares state of emergency for Putnam, Rockland and Westchester

County executives reassure residents utility companies will be better prepared for this recent nor’easter

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SUFFERN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for all of the Lower Hudson Valley as well as New York City and Long Island as the fourth snow storm of March arrived Wednesday.

Cuomo joined Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Rockland County Executive Ed Day to Wednesday afternoon he update residents on the storm.

He said the storm is deceiving and added that the worst of it, which includes heavy, wet snow and strong wind gusts, are still on the way.

"We have once in every 30-year storms, twice a year. The utility companies have to adjust to that reality," Cuomo said.

The governor also said the state is keeping a watchful eye over how the utility companies perform during the fourth nor'easter this March. There are 300 members of the National Guard and nearly 5,500 line workers already pre-deployed. The governor also encouraged residents to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necessary to venture out.

With no significant power outages anywhere in the region reported so far, Westchester Executive Latimer is optimistic about the rest of the day.

"We're hopeful going forward that today's experience will be a lot better. We understand that they have more resources available," Latimer said

Rockland Executive Day also re-assured his constituents that they're doing everything to make safety the number one priority.

"I want to assure all Rocklanders that we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our roads clear and our families safe," Day said.

Gov. Cuomo says the 5,500 utility workers will increase to more than 6,000 by the end of the day to maintain a proactive response.

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