Salamanca mayor declares state of emergency

Salamanca Mayor Michael R. Smith has declared a State of Emergency for the city due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

SALAMANCA — The city is now in a state of emergency as officials attempt to preserve the public safety of Salamanca residents if COVID-19 (coronavirus) comes to town.

Mayor Michael R. Smith declared the order go into effect midnight Thursday, saying it would “render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health” of Salamanca’s citizens.

“As Chief Executive of this municipality, I have exercised the authority given to me under New York State Executive Law, Article 2-B, to preserve the public safety and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health of the citizens of the community,” the mayor said.

“I hereby direct all Department of the City of Olean to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary,” he added.

The order is set to expire at noon April 12.

Under state law, if a declaration is made, officials can issue orders including curfews, closing places of amusement and assembly, suspend or limit the sale, use or transport of alcohol, firearms, explosives and flammable materials, limit the public in public places, establish emergency shelter, and suspend local laws and regulations.

“All city agencies are directed to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and other such emergency assistance as deemed necessary,” Smith said.

Until further notice, the Salamanca Municipal Building will operate from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for essential business only. The mayor asks that all access be through the front main doors. A drop box at the Board of Public Utilities office can be used for all departments.

In the meantime, the Salamanca Youth Bureau, Salamanca Public Library, Salamanca Area Senior Center, Salamanca Area Historical Society Museum, Ray Evans Seneca Theater and Salamanca Rail Museum will remain closed to all public.

“Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time in our city and around the nation,” Smith added.