Goshen - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana has extended the state of emergency and has closed county offices today in response to the severe weather impacting Orange County and the entire Hudson Valley.
“The County has determined that road conditions continue to be dangerous and pose a real and substantial risk to vehicular traffic and the public safety is imperiled thereby, and the presence of non-essential vehicles on the roads will impede snow removal equipment and other essential services,” Diana said. “Accordingly, I do hereby find that the County of Orange public safety to be imperiled by the said winter storm and, consequently, to safeguard the health and welfare of the public, I declare a County state of emergency for the entire County of Orange, pursuant, inter alia, to New York State Executive Law Section 24, beginning at 6:00 p.m., February 25, 2010 and continuing until 6:00 a.m., February 27, 2010, unless extended by a subsequent Executive Order.”
As a result of this declaration of a County state of emergency all non-essential vehicular traffic is prohibited from all highways and roads within the County between the hours of 6:00 p.m., February 25, 2010 and 6:00 a.m. February 27, 2010. This prohibition does not apply to vehicles engaged in snow removal, sanding, salting and clearing operations.