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Message from the Mayor: STORM RECOVERY UPDATE Evening November 5th
Fellow Residents -

School was back in session at both the Elementary and Middle/High School complexes today.  Opening and closing went without a hitch.  A happy day for the children, teachers and parents.  Four crews were in town today (including from Texas and Alabama – just astounding the geographic range we have seen), working in four areas.

The upcoming storm expected on Wednesday is predicted to involve rain or a rain/snow mix and 20-30mph winds – a nor’easter, but its full severity is not clear and it is not clear how much it will add to the collective misery.  If you are unheated, and have doubts, please accept the offers of housing from the Village (478-2344) or your family and friends.

Regardless of your power situation, trees may be weakened, so steer clear of your upper stories during this storm (expected mid-day on Wednesday) if they are in the potential line of fire of tree(s).  We should know tomorrow what we are facing.

Onto the day’s updates:

*  The four crews restored power to Harvard Lane, the Pinecrest/Broadway area, and Jefferson Avenue. They were also working until 6PM on Fairlane but it is not clear if they finished there or it resulted in re-powering for anyone today.

*  Some 450 homes in total are dark in our village out of 3100 (or 15%) and almost all are on the Mt. Hope hill (Hudson Heights) or related environs immediately to the south (e.g South Clinton area), most on the same circuit.  The Con Ed foreman indicated that the Heights are the primary object of attention tomorrow. Con Ed crew deployment appears to be driven algorithmically overnight and I have found it is not anything the municipality has any influence over.   Given that most other areas in town have been re-powered, I have to assume the foreman’s assessment is likely to be true.

*  The High School will be keeping its library open until 8 or 9PM at night for those who need internet access and a warm, well-lit place to study.  The Community Center and Court Room, both with wifi, will be open as well until 10PM and are warm and well-lit.

*  I’m sure you’ve reported your outage here: or  call 800-752-6633.  Con Ed is still saying that it may take says this may take until November 10th. I believe them and so should you, especially if you are in an isolated pocket of one or few homes (like we are on my street).

*  Equalize Fitness at One Odell Plaza just south of the Village on Broadway continues to offer free hot showers to anyone who needs it at the gym facility.

*  Please DO NOT call the police with an expectation for updates on power, etc.

*  IT IS ALMOST TIME TO VOTE:  All the regular polling stations will be open for voting tomorrow from 6AM to 9PM.

*  One constant throughout this storm has been the presence of our volunteer firefighters, answering calls for everything from transformer fires to near-frozen elderly residents to downed lines. They also found time to collect food and clothes for communities worse off than us, and deliver that out as well. Stop by the café at Hillside School on Wednesday at 7PM  at a PTSA-sponsored presentation by Marek Fuchs, one of Hastings’
own firefighters (and a well-known author and journalist in his day job).
He will talk about his new and very timely book, “Local Heroes: portraits of American volunteer firefighters”.  Other authors will be present – this is part of a book fair underway at that time.

*  Finally, for all those who want to give to those worse off than us, please consider donations to:
or the United Way Sandy Recovery Fund at or .

*  I have received information about FEMA reimbursement for damage. I hope to post it tomorrow.  Also, please remember that most home insurance will cover food spoilage in times of outages. And I have also heard a call to your phone and/or cable providers will result in a healthy credit to your bill if you were out during the storm as well.

These emails are posted upon issuance at the Community Center, at the Municipal Building, and library. The next update will be tomorrow NIGHT at 8PM.  You can also call 478-2511 to hear these emails read in full within an hour of posting.

For those left in homes still un-powered, if its sub-55, don’t be a hero and stick it out.  There are beds (over 100!) in warm rooms in houses of your neighbors who want to help. Call 478-2344 and you will be warm shortly thereafter.

For the remaining 15% unlit, neither the Village nor Con Ed has forgotten you. We continue to work closely with Con Ed to try to facilitate what is a very difficult and lengthy process along.  We’ve exceeded our patience quotient and are now working on fumes.  It should be hopefully only be a matter of days.


Peter Swiderski

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York