For many newly elected and appointed officials, Thursday's snow storm provides their first real test in office. But as Barry Wygel found out, they didn't all get the same amount of time to prepare.
GLEN, N.Y. -- For all the officials across our region dealing with Thursday's onslaught of snow, Jeffery Smith may be the newest.
"Yesterday, I was appointed Emergency Management Director by the new county executive Matt Ossenfort and the county legislature," said Jeffery Smith, emergency management director for Montgomery County.
But fortunately for the county, he comes with plenty of experience. As the current undersheriff of Montgomery County, Smith has dealt with Mother Nature's fury before.
"We've handled things like this many times before and we are just trying to do the best we can to let people know what to expect," said Smith.
Smith and his staff are currently monitoring the snow as it comes through the region and have everything in place to deal with whatever the storm brings.
"There's accidents throughout the county, but we work well with the Sheriff's office and the State Police and the local police agencies to communicate back and forth and make sure we have a handle on things," said Smith.
But it isn't the constant snow that has officials worried going into Thursday night and Friday, it is the cold. Frigid temperatures are expected with blistering wind chills.
"Don't forget your pets and animals, make sure they are taken care of properly, check on the elderly, the young," said Smith.
Smith says having a busy first day is a good test and he will work hard to keep the county safe through the first major storm of his tenure.