Gov. Cuomo in Washington County to urge storm preparedness

January 09, 2019 06:20 PM

HUDSON FALLS - Kate Crotty of Fort Ann was surprised that Governor Cuomo was in Washington County Wednesday morning urging people to prepare for a possible winter storm.

"I got milk and chocolate chip cookies at home," Crotty joked. "What else do I need?"

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Crotty was taking a light-hearted jab at the Governor for coming here to announce that the Adirondacks should brace for a possible major snowstorm of up to 20 inches.

"I know everyone's familiar with the snow in this part of the state, but again the snow, the icing, it's going to be cold. It's a dangerous combination," Cuomo said.

With more than a dozen plow trucks providing the backdrop, the Governor thanked plow operators who keep the roads safe and said they're ready to be launched north and elsewhere if need be.

"Equipment is on standby, drivers are on standby. We've asked the National Guard to be on the ready if things get worse than expected."

Kingsbury Town Supervisor Dana Hogan thought the news conference was a bit much, Tweeting, "More than 15 plow trucks for a parade/press conference. Is this a good use of state taxpayer money?"

Rich Azzopardi, a governor's spokesman responded late Wednesday afternoon, saying, "This administration takes emergency management seriously and will leave silly political fights to others."

The Governor saying during the news conference, "We can only act on the projection. And sometimes the projection turns out to be wrong."

Sill, Kate Crotty was left wondering why all the fuss.

"I find it hard to believe that as busy as his schedule must be why would he come up here to warn people about 20, I mean we're pretty used to big snowfalls up here."

If things were to get bad around here, Crotty joked that she has what she needs.

 "Milk and bread. Milk and bread," she laughed.


Mark Mulholland

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