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Message from the Mayor: POST-STORM EMERGENCY UPDATE Evening 10/30/2012

Fellow Residents -

The Village is slowly churning its way out of the chaos of last night.  At one point during the peak of the storm, we opened the front door to a sound like a vacuum cleaner was on outside at full throttle. I don’t think we’ll soon forget that sound.

In our village, the following is known:

*  MOST DOWNED LINES REMAIN POWERED AND LETHAL IF TOUCHED. Respect the yellow tape and steer clear of anything hanging.

*  Two-thirds of the Village remains without power.  Three Con Ed crews are here now (one up from Tallahasee!), focused exclusively on de-powering the live downed lines. This took them all of today and will take up most of tomorrow.  This is the necessary first step before we can begin removing the (in some cases huge) trees down in the wires, all of which has to happen before new wires are slung and power restored.  The earliest we can expect the first houses to be re-powered is THURSDAY.  This is likely to take “a number of days” to complete – (Con Ed’s words, not mine – they’re not committing yet to firm dates.)

*  We are aware of the following streets closed due to downed limbs or trees, including Broadway from Villard to Main, Jefferson, Hopke, Fairlane, Wilson Place, Lefurgy Terrace, Hillside School, Kent, Cochrane, Horner, Lincoln, Overlook, Clinton, Croton, Stratford Lane and Zinsser Field parking lot. Most of Broadway was reopened today, and we hope to open Clinton and Lefurgy tomorrow, though both will require cranes since the trees are too big to cut.  We should be able to get a number of the other roads open a well.

*  Water is safe to drink - no health advisory.

*  Please DO NOT call the police with an expectation for updates on power, etc. They don't know and they have plenty of other things to worry about.
ONLY call with true emergencies, 478-2344.

*  A&P is closed and without power. Stores on Warburton are open and with power, including Prime Meats and the organic food store. Stop and Shop in Dobbs Ferry is open as well 7AM to 11PM.

*  If you want to charge your phone, please feel free to drop them at the Municipal Building and we will accommodate as best we can.

*  Superintendent Montesano announced that the High School is opening their library tomorrow to all residents. Seniors looking to submit Early Decision, bored residents looking to browse through periodicals, people looking to recharge phones or link into the internet (believed to be
working) via free wifi can come here (top story) and hang out between 8AM and 3PM.

*  We still remain agnostic on Halloween.  If your kids cannot do without trick or treating, the Police request that you accompany your children between 4PM and 6PM. Given the enormity of the storm, parents better set their young charges’ expectations for a less-than-stellar payout at the doors. The optimal solution would be to fill their bag with candy (or, if you must, healthy treats) at home and call it a day.  I will be asking the chief to declare a curfew after dark (6:30 tomorrow) for anyone under 21.
We don’t need THAT headache tomorrow night.

These emails will be posted within an hour of issuance at the Community Center on the window facing out, on the bulletin board on the wall at the Municipal Building, and on the door of the library. I hope to issue one at noon and at 8PM for the next two days and then daily afterwards.  Please print these out and circulate with those who are entirely out of communications.

Remember: patience, a sense of humor and resiliency, and generosity.


Peter Swiderski

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York