Snow Conditions Update – March 15, 2017
Updates as of 7:00 PM, Wednesday March 15, 2017:
Governor Sends Resources into the City of Poughkeepsie
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the NY State DOT Region 8 Headquarters this afternoon to announce that at the request from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, the Governor has deployed NYSDOT personnel and equipment into the City along with personnel and assets from the NY Army National Guard.
NYSDOT, which arrived in the City this afternoon along with members of the National Guard will be initially concentrating on the arterial highways for the removal and carting of snow from the sides of the arterial which will then allow individuals access to blocked driveways, covered fire hydrants, sidewalks, and intersections where large piles of snow exist due to snow operations.
NYSDOT will be coordinating with the Department of Public Works on all aspects of snow removal within the City of Poughkeepsie.
Our expectation is as we are able to utilize these state assets; we will be able to concentrate our Department of Public Works resources in other areas of the City.
An operational meeting was held this afternoon following the Governor’s visit with members of Governor’s office, County Executive Marc Molinaro, NYSDOT, State Police, National Guard, NY State Office of Emergency Management, Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, along with other members of County and City officials from the Department of Public Works.
“The operations in the City will be subject to change based on need and priority. We are extremely grateful to the Governor, who has granted our request for state resources. In addition, we would like to thank the county who is actively involved in snow operations in and around the central business district,” Mayor Rob Rolison stated. “We will continue to keep the public informed on all aspects of this multi-jurisdictional response in the City of Poughkeepsie.”
The Mayor would like to thank the residents of the City of Poughkeepsie for their patience and assistance during this major snow event that has affected our City.
Information for Thursday, March 16th
- The Snow Emergency remains in effect until further notice.
- Please do not put garbage on the street, as City Sanitation services are cancelled for Thursday, March 16th
- City Transit System will operate on a full schedule Thursday, March 16th (*Subject to change due to street conditions on transit routes*)
Clearing Snow from Hydrants
When shoveling your driveway and sidewalk, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant common to your home or property. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the Fire Department the access that they need.
Under the Codes of the City of Poughkeepsie there is a responsibility of the owner/lessee of property fronting a hydrant to maintain the area clear around the hydrant. Failure to clear and keep clear a hydrant may result in a $100 fine or more.