Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency today as some areas of the state get hit with more than one foot of snow.
Cuomo closed Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders downstate and ordered more salt to parts of New York to deal with a shortage in some areas.
“I’m pleased with our response and our preparation. We are doing everything we can to be ready,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the state of emergency allows the state to circumvent some regulations to provide additional state help to areas being pummeled by the storm.
He said about 2,500 people in New York are without power. He urged people to stay off the roads, but said transit service in New York City was not expected to be suspended.
The number of winter snow storms this year has stressed the state budget, Cuomo said. But he said fiscal adjustments would be made.
“It has been more expensive than we have budgeted. But it’s in the margins that we can handle,” Cuomo said.