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NIAGARA CO. PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERS PLAN 2 P.M. PRESS CONFERENCE

Author: Christian Peck/Thursday, April 20, 2017/Categories: General

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OLCOTT—Top leaders from Niagara County’s government, joined by federal, state and town officials, will converge on Olcott Harbor at 2 p.m. today and declare a State of Emergency in Niagara County as rising lake levels are pushed higher heading into the weekend.

 

The 2 p.m. press conference will include information about preparation for anticipated flooding along the Lake Ontario shore and a briefing and Q&A with public safety officials including County Manager Rick Updegrove, Sheriff James R. Voutour, and Director of Emergency Services Jonathan Schultz.

 

Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, Infrastructure and Facilities Committee Chairman John Syracuse, R-Newfane, and Community Safety and Security Committee Chairman Dave Godfrey, R-Wilson, will also be on-hand.

 

The county has been monitoring the lake level situation since late last week, when Voutour and Godfrey asked boaters to observe a 500-foot “no wake zone” off the Lake Ontario shore. Syracuse and Schultz joined Supervisor Tim Horanburg, R-Newfane, touring sites around Olcott Harbor late Tuesday, and shortly after that, Voutour ordered the Sheriff’s Office helicopter into the air to obtain aerial images of homes and key infrastructure threatened by the rising waters of Lake Ontario.

 

Public safety officials decided to begin preparations for a likely declaration of a State of Emergency at a 3 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, and Updegrove announced plans to hold today’s 2 p.m. press conference this morning.

 

In addition to county leadership, town supervisors and state and federal leaders will be on-hand at today’s press conference.

 

 

WHO:  Niagara County Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, Infrastructure and Facilities Committee Chairman John Syracuse, R-Newfane, Community Safety and Security Committee Chairman Dave Godfrey, R-Wilson, Sheriff James R. Voutour, County Manager Rick Updegrove, Director of Emergency Management Jonathan Schultz, Highway Commissioner Dean Lapp, Supervisor Tim Horanburg, R-Newfane, Supervisor Dan Engert, R-Somerset, Supervisor Merton Wiepert, R-Porter, Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, Assemblyman Michael J. Norris, R-Lockport, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins Constituent Liaison Alexandra Gould.

                   

WHAT:  Announcing declaration of State of Emergency due to rising level of Lake Ontario. Opportunities for B-roll near press conference site.

                                                                                                          

WHEN:  Thursday, April 20, 2 p.m.

                           

WHERE:  Olcott Yacht Club, 1535 Van Buren, Olcott, N.Y.

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