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Gov. Cuomo helps region prep for Sandy

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee stand with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press conference Oct. 29.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee stand with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press conference Oct. 29. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Essex County emergency workers to be prepared when he visited here Sunday, Oct. 28.

“You need to pay attention throughout the day tomorrow because weather forecasts can be wrong,” the governor said after meeting with Town of Jay and county officials. “Right now, the main issues are power outages and winds. We have been preparing for days, you can do everything that you can do and then you can hope.”

In preparation for the storm, Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said he would be moving up the opening of the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Lewis.

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Gov, Andrew Cuomo shakes hands with members of the Au Sable Forks Fire Department.

“We are going to open the EOC at noon instead of 7 p.m.,” Jaquish said. “The winds are supposed to be here earlier than forecasted Friday, so we will be opening the center earlier.”

Also, almost every local school will be closing their doors by 1 p.m. today.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas felt that his town and county were prepared for the storm.

“We are working diligently with our local resources to make sure that people are safe in their time of need,” Douglas said. “We talked with the governor about the resources we have, what resources we might need and how best to prepare.”

Locally, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning from 2 p.m. Oct. 29 through 11 a.m. Oct. 30 and a flood watch through Oct. 31 as Hurricane Sandy is forecasted to make its way inland and pass through the region.

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