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News Release

October 29, 2011      

Steinhaus Declares Countywide State of Emergency

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, in consultation with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Central Hudson and New York State Gas & Electric, has declared a countywide State of Emergency for the County of Dutchess effective 7pm this evening (Saturday, October 29th).

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Law enforcement, public works and utility crews are all reporting treacherous weather conditions with downed limbs and power lines.    To ensure public safety and allow crews to address hazards and restore power,  a State of Emergency will be in effect from 7pm this evening (Saturday, 10/29)."

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.

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