Petrone Declares Snow Emergency
All activities scheduled at Town facilities canceled for tonight, tomorrow
In advance of the blizzard predicted to hit the area starting tonight, Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone declared an official snow emergency, effective at 4 p.m., and announced the cancellation of all activities scheduled for tonight and tomorrow at Town facilities.
Supervisor Petrone also opened the Town’s Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m. to help coordinate communications among Town departments and fire and rescue services. Representatives from several Town departments with key emergency responsibilities were told to report to the Center, in the Town’s general services facility on Pulaski Road in Huntington Station.
Additionally, in expectation of the storm continuing into the morning, Supervisor Petrone ordered a 10:30 a.m. delayed opening at Town Hall on Friday, January 3.
“The Town has been preparing for this storm for several days, and I hope that all residents have been, too,” Supervisor Petrone said. “With predictions of high winds and heavy snow, the best place for residents is in their homes. At the same time, residents should feel confident that the Town is working hard to make roads passable and provide necessary services.”
Supervisor Petrone urged residents to stay off the roads and get cars off the street to make plowing more successful and to allow for emergency vehicle access. Residents are also asked, when plowing their driveways, to pile the snow to the side of the driveway that is on the left when facing the house.
Under a snow emergency, the Supervisor has the power to close roads, appropriate necessary equipment from all sources and make necessary purchases without following the usual procedures. The declaration also makes available to the Highway Department Town equipment and personnel to assist Highway Department crews.
Among the facilities closed because of the expected storm is the Dix Hills Ice Rink. Among the programs affected by the closure are activities at the Village Green Senior Center.
The Recycling Center on New York Avenue will be closed on Friday. There will be no Town refuse pickup on Friday.
HART Bus paratransit service will not operate on Friday. A decision about scheduled HART bus service will be made on Friday morning.
Persons who want to report an emergency should call the Public Safety Department at 271-2157 or 271-6573. Those numbers will also field Highway Department-related calls including reports of downed trees blocking roads.
Supervisor Petrone advised residents to check the Town’s website, http://huntingtonny.gov, the Town’s Facebook page or government access channels 18 (Cablevision) and 38 (FIOS) for updates.