With the National Weather Service documented tornado in nearby Cransesville, NY on Sunday followed by three days of continual rain, the rivers and tributaries are again at risk of flooding.
You would think with all the gained experience from the tropical storm Irene flooding on August 28, 2011, our local executives would come together this time with a coordinated effort to keep residents informed with OPEN lines of communication.
This is NOT the case.
The Montgomery County, NY Emergency Management Department declared a state of emergency banning all travel in the County except for emergency vehicles, threatening to ticket anyone caught driving.
Then we have the Official City of Amsterdam Facebook page issuing orders from Amsterdam’s Executive Officer, Mayor Ann Thane, stating you can travel but use common sense. Note that unlike the Montgomery County page, I have been blocked from submitting any comments even in this declared emergency. If we were without power and phones as we were a few days ago, I would have no way to communicate my situation to City Officials. One way Thane is at it again!
The City of Amsterdam issued its state of emergency about 7pm last night, without any executive orders.
Followed by several conflicting orders, the first stating to stay in your homes.
The next executive order directed the citizens of Amsterdam to pray. Really?
Prayer is a serious business serious theological business and it is not a mere acknowledgment of beliefs widely held among the people of this country’ for the State to immerse itself in,” Brennan wrote. “Some religious individuals or groups find it theologically problematic to engage in joint religious exercises predominately influenced by faiths not their own. Some might find any petitionary prayer improper.
– Federal Justice William Brennan
Permission was then given to drive, using common sense, that the “County may not be the same story”.
Where is the coordination with Montgomery County Emergency Services?
Here is a downloadable PDF containing the State law governing the issuance of emergency orders:
From what I read, the Montgomery County executive order was effective until our City of Amsterdam state of emergency was declared and emergency orders issued by the Mayor that superseded the County order. I am not a lawyer, maybe a lawyer reading this post can clarify the situation that has left many citizens confused.