Storm Response. Hochul mobilized government resources to combat the killer blizzard. 35 New Yorkers are reported dead in the once in a generation catastrophe. Her home base of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and North Country bore the brunt of the Christmas crisis. Up to 5 feet of snow fell in the affected areas. The Governor sent in the National Guard. State police and other agencies were dispatched to the scene. It was a tremendous search and rescue deployment. Storm Response. Hochul demonstrated Leadership in the midst of the natural disaster !!