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County, city declare states of emergency

By THOMAS ADAMS - 10/29/2012 3:19:32 PM

The city of Rochester and Monroe County declared states of emergency Monday as they prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, officials announced.

Afternoon and evening programs at city recreation centers and libraries are canceled, city officials said, as is a 6 p.m. public meeting at the Baden Street Settlement on safety concerns at the intersection of Joseph Avenue and Kelly Street.

Strengthening the Black Families Inc. training programs from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sibley Centre are canceled.

City Hall, neighborhood service centers, city branch libraries, recreation and community centers, parks, cemeteries and public administrative offices were to close at 4 p.m., city officials said.

Monroe County declared a state of emergency late Monday morning, officials said.

The Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross planned to open shelters at the Dome Arena in Henrietta and the Brighton Presbyterian Church by 3 p.m., officials said.

All non-emergency related Monroe County offices, including the County Office Building, were closed at 4 p.m., as were the county clerk’s office, and Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Greece and Henrietta, and the mobile DMV.

The Irondequoit Bay swing bridge was to be opened for alternative travel if necessary, officials said.

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