Western New Yorkers head downstate for storm support
Western New Yorkers from the State Department of Transportation, National Guard and National Grid are headed downstate to help with winter storm clean up efforts in New York City. Most of the downstate region appears to have dodged a bullet, with the worst of the storm hitting Boston to the north.
Ninety-five State DOT workers from Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties have been deployed to Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley, along with 68 pieces of snow fighting equipment.
Members from the Army National Guard based out of the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo are also heading downstate and National Grid has sent workers from across the state to help out, including 20 based in Western New York.
The majority of downstate did not get hit with as much snow as expected. The New York State Thruway has reopened downstate and numerous travel bans lifted.