POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Thanks to a request from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, reinforcements from the state and the New York National Guard were ordered to help clear arterial highways and roadways of the massive amounts of snow dumped by Tuesday's Nor'easter.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the city on Wednesday to announced state Department of Transportation employees and equipment, along with personnel and assets from the National Guard have been directed to help the city with snow removal.
The extra personnel will initially concentrate 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, Rolison said.
"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," he added.
While the clearing operation is underway, the Snow Emergency remains in effect until further notice and garbage services have been canceled again for Thursday, Rolison said.
“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,” Rolison said.
Note: The city Transit System is operating on a full schedule Thursday.