Cuomo declares statewide State of Emergency

By Conor Mooney

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide State of Emergency Wednesday in light of the heavy snow, ice and freezing rain.

“This is a significant winter storm impacting all regions of the state and we are taking all necessary steps to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Cuomo, D-N.Y.

According to Broome County's Emergency Services Director Brett Chellis, a State of Emergency declared by New York State does not include orders to close roads in Broome County.

A State of Emergency issued by the state allows New York to reallocate money to areas in the state that need it the most, such as paying for overtime for the Department of Transportation, or deploying resources to places such as New York City.

It also allows state plows to plow non-state roads.

In Broome County, a county-issued State of Emergency was lifted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Up until that time, Broome County was under a "no unnecessary travel State of Emergency,” according to the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

That means if an employee is required by their employer to go to work, they cannot be ticket.

At the state level, Cuomo's office reported that the state has an adequate salt supply for state roads.

Wednesday morning, the governor issued a full vehicle ban on Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders.

The ban was lifted just before 2:30 p.m. on the same day.

The statewide State of Emergency also means that state utilities have been directed to activate all emergency plans and bring additional crews in the event of power outages, according to the governor's office.

As for airports, LaGuardia International Airport in Queens has no flight activity until 12 p.m. Wednesday.

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