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As New York Region Braces For Cold, Cuomo Declares Emergency

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January 07, 2014 AT 3:37 AM
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday declared a state of emergency in 14 counties in western New York and announced that parts of the New York Thruway would be closed, as the Buffalo area braced itself for as much as three feet of snow and wind chills of 30 degrees below zero. Among the immediate concerns for state and New York City authorities was warning those who might find themselves exposed to the cold. The city’s Department of Homeless Services issued a Code Blue alert, doubling the number of people on the street trying to reach out to those who need shelter at a time when the temperature is experiencing a major drop.