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Elected officials take steps to ensure public’s safety during winter storm

(WBNG) — Our local leaders say they are doing everything in their power to prepare for this weekend’s storm.

Elected officials have been prepping for the storm for a week, using that time to take care of equipment, stock up on salt and other supplies, and making sure they have sufficient staff to plow the roads.

“We have called the crews and told them beginning tomorrow, Saturday at 2 p.m. until 2 p.m. Monday, we’ll be running 1- hour shifts in order to stay on top of the storm,” said Village of Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

One of the biggest concerns for officials is how fast the snow is expected to fall, possibly up to three inches an hour.

“The danger part is people need to stay off the roads at that point because we can’t possibly plow the roads at that rate and keep them clean,” said Village of Windsor Mayor Ron Harting.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said he has been meeting with county leaders and emergency services in order to prepare.

“Broome County is fully prepared to handle this weekend’s winter storm,” Garnar said in a statement. “Our top priority is making sure our residents are safe and the roads are clear and our county departments are working together to make that happen.”

Many municipalities are enforcing alternate side parking, or advising residents not to park on the street entirely.

Related: Weekend snow: Parking information for Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott

If your municipality is not listed above, check with your local government to find what its policy is, because officials warned the consequences for disobeying the rule could cost you.

“If we see cars parked on the street, we’re going to have them towed. We have to,” said Town of Dickinson Supervisor Michael Marinaccio.

Josh Rosenblatt

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