Molinaro Declares Countywide State of Emergency

Effective Today at 4:30 a.m.

(Tuesday, March 14th)

Poughkeepsie, NY…Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, in consultation with the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the National Weather Service from Albany, has declared a countywide State of Emergency for the County of Dutchess will go into effect at 4:30 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, March 14, 2017). It will remain in effect until officially rescinded. The State of Emergency restricts travel on all roadways within Dutchess County.

Dutchess County Government offices, including courts and parks, are closed today, with only essential county personnel reporting. All Dutchess County Public Transit bus service is cancelled for Tuesday, March 14th.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Based on the weather reports out of Albany, we have issued a State of Emergency for Dutchess County effective to ensure public safety and allow road crews to keep up with the storm.”

The State of Emergency declaration states: “All roadways in Dutchess are closed and traffic is prohibited except for: medical and health facility personnel, law enforcement and public safety personnel, first responders, utility, maintenance and public works personnel, snow removal sanding, salting and clearing operations personnel, facility operations persons deemed necessary for plant operations by their employers and public and government personnel involved in the emergency operations.”

The state of emergency is issued pursuant to Section 24 of New York State Executive Law. It is enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies.

For updates throughout the day, please follow Dutchess County Government on social media: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutchess-County-Government/73646813346 or Twitter at http://twitter.com/DutchessCoGov or on the County’s website at www.dutchessny.gov.