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In response to media inquiries Cortland County Legislative Chairman Donnell E. Boyden is clarifying the previously issued State of Emergency.
Due to on-going storm damage assessments and clean-up from successive storms in and around Cortland County, the State of Emergency issued on July 14th remains in effect.
All Cortland County roads that were not previously closed either to damages related to flooding or due to on-going construction are currently open and passable however, there continues to be a need to maintain the emergency declaration for Cortland County.
Emergency declarations are utilized by local governments to rapidly mobilize local, state, and federal resources. In addition these declarations are utilized to by-pass traditional bidding requirements and obviate the need to thee traditional contract and governmental purchasing requirements.
In addition to Cortland County’s previously issued State of Emergency the Supervisors for the Towns of Harford and Virgil have also issued States of Emergency in order to facilitate repairs and clean-up of the extensive storm damage in their communities.
To be clear, there is no danger to the public safety at this point and there are no restrictions on travel. The State of Emergency declaration will remain in effect until either 30 days elapses or a subsequent order is issued by the Chairman of the Legislature.
If there are any questions regarding the declaration, clean-up or emergency responses please contact the County Public Information officer at 607-753-5049 or the Department of Emergency Response 753-5064.