Albany County Executive Tours Coeymans, Holds News Conference with Sheriff
OCTOBER 29–Albany County is ready for Hurricane Sandy and Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy will tour Coeymans this afternoon. The residents in the Miller Road area are under voluntary evacuation. McCoy, Town Supervisor Stephen Flach and Police Chief Gregory Darlington will be at the intersection of Miller and Kruger Roads at 1:30 p.m. to check the bridge and creek levels. They will then proceed to Ravena Coeymans High School where a shelter has been set up. From there, the County Executive heads to the Albany County Emergency Operations Center for a 3 p.m. news conference with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. The Center will be open and staffed around the clock until further notice. The County EOC is located at the Sheriff's Public Safety & Community Resource Building on Verda Avenue in the Hamlet of Clarksville.
"Our crews are ready," said McCoy. "Hurricane Irene taught us some valuable lessons and we'd rather be over prepared. Albany County DPW has been in touch with all municipalities to make sure all needs are anticipated from equipment to shelter to communications. The partnership we have with the Sheriff's Office has enabled us to keep all residents informed quickly."
"Please take all proper precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you," said Frank Commisso, Majority Leader of the Albany County Legislature. "Please try to remain calm and remember that United Way is offering a 2-1-1 helping hotline, should you find yourself in need of any disaster-related services."
"I want to thank County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple for their quick response in preparing the residents of Albany County for Hurricane Sandy," said Christine Benedict, Minority Leader of the Albany County Legislature. "The residents of Albany County should heed the advice of Government officials and take every precaution to keep your family and yourself safe."
To report power outages: If you are a National Grid customer, call (800) 867-5222. If you are a Central Hudson Gas & Electric customer, call (845) 452-2700 or (800) 527-2714.
Update on 2-1-1 hours: With the changing hurricane report of the Albany County area, 2-1-1 will not be open 24/7 but will be available for calls from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
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