natural disaster en Two storm deaths in New York; Long Island pounded with 30+ inches of snow <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two deaths in upstate New York are being attributed to the storm.</p><p>State police say a 23-year-old man died when the tractor he was using to plow his driveway overturned in Columbia County Friday evening. And a 74-year-old man died when a car slid and hit him as he walked on a Poughkeepsie road.</p><p>The National Weather Service reported snowfall totals of 10-12 inches in the mid-Hudson Valley and Adirondacks; 8 inches at Buffalo; 12 inches at Rochester; 6.5 inches in suburban Albany; and 9 inches in Syracuse.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 17:32:13 +0000 Associated Press 57505 at Gary Harvey - Superintendant, Greene County Highway Department <p>One year after Tropical Storm Irene, repair crews remain busy in Greene County New York, where the reconstruction is expected to cost as much as $15 million on roads, bridges and culverts. For an update, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Gary Harvey, the superintendent of the Greene County Highway Department.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 46783 at Gary Harvey - Superintendant, Greene County Highway Department Harold Vroman - Chairman, Schoharie County Board of Supervisors <p>Schoharie County in New York took perhaps the hardest hit from Tropical Storm Irene compared to any other upstate county. One year later, the recovery continues, but it could take another four years before all the damage has been repaired. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is one federal agency involved in the recovery, but it is local and state officials who have been on the front lines for the past year. For an update on Schoharie County, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to the chairman of the county board of supervisors, Howard Vroman.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:10:00 +0000 Brian Shields 46668 at Bill Flaherty - National Grid <p>At one point after Tropical Storm Irene moved through upstate New York one year ago, national grid reported 156,000&nbsp; customers without power. For a look back, and a look at what has changed since the storm, WAMC’s Brian Shields talked today with Bill Flaherty, a regional executive with National Grid, who recalls the preparation before the storm hit.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Brian Shields 46591 at Communities Mark Tornado Anniversary <p><font size="2">Several of the western Massachusetts communities that were in the path of almost unimaginable destruction one year ago today will hold remembrance events.&nbsp; It will be an opportunity to reflect on the one year anniversary of the worst tornado to hit the state in a half-century and also to look toward what many hope will be a brighter future.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40244 at Communities Mark Tornado Anniversary Hundreds Attend Hurricane Conference In Massachusetts <p><font size="2">&nbsp; With the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season&nbsp; 23 days away,&nbsp; hundreds of people attended a hurricane preparedness conference Wednesday in Massachusetts.. The first of its kind event was hosted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> Wed, 09 May 2012 20:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38637 at Hundreds Attend Hurricane Conference In Massachusetts