Cuomo declares State of Emergency for NYC, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland counties

Kimberly Dole
August 05, 2020 - 4:39 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday declared a State of Emergency for New York City as well as Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland counties in order to provide local governments with additional clean-up and operational support in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.

"We're taking an all-hands-on-deck approach and activating every resource at our disposal to expedite communities' recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias," Cuomo said. "The State is working closely with local governments to help ensure they have the help they need to get back on their feet. We're far too familiar with severe weather, but New Yorkers show their true spirit in times of crisis and we'll prove it once more."

By declaring a state of emergency, the state can provide direct support to local governments without already having standing agreements in place. All other state agencies with emergency response capabilities remain fully engaged with local governments across the state to ensure they have all the resources they need to complete clean-up and recovery operations.

Cuomo also announced that he has directed the New York National Guard to mobilize 50 soldiers with vehicles to assist Putnam County officials with storm response, cleanup missions, and ice and water distribution.

Earlier, the governor announced an investigation into the operations of utility companies, before, during, and after the storm.

Currently, there are 703,191 New Yorkers without power.

The state continues to work around the clock with senior executives at the utilities to ensure restoration moves as quickly and safely as possible. Utilities have deployed 7,000 workers to help with damage response and restoration and service.

Electric outages by company are as follows:

CHGE

64,863

CONED

180,274

NGRID

651

NYSEG

78,103

ORU

68,614

PSEG-LI

310,670

RGE

16

 

Current power outage numbers by county are as follows:

Albany

240

Bronx

23,989

Columbia

1,083

Delaware

140

Dutchess

43,710

Erie

412

Kings

4,152

Monroe

270

Nassau

135,720

Orange

44,757

Putnam

36,266

Queens

49,981

Rensselaer

230

Richmond

17,631

Rockland

41,395

Suffolk

169,416

Sullivan

7,815

Ulster

8,046

Warren

169

Westchester

117,636