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Mayor: 3,894 In Scarsdale Still Without Power Monday

Mayor Flisser and the Village Board of Trustees will be at the Library Scott Room at 7:00 p.m. tonight to give residents a Hurricane Sandy recovery update. There are 21 roads still blocked; five Con Ed crews in town working.

The following is an update from Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser providing an update on the Village’s Hurricane Sandy recovery effort:

Village officials have attended daily conference calls with the Westchester County Office of Emergency Management and Con Edison. During the call Village officials continued to our persistent requests for additional Con Edison crews to cut power lines, so Village crews can clear roadways. Village officials have been in direct contact with Con Ed officials to reinforce the severity of power outages in Scarsdale, and the necessity for additional crews to be dispatched to re-open the remaining 21 closed roadways and restore power to residential neighborhoods.

Although, the Village has tirelessly requested additional Con Ed crews, there are only 5 Con Edison crews in town consisting of a single line to cut power lines, one crew to clear trees, and three line restoration crews to restore electrical power.  The single line crew will be working with Village crews to open the 6 dead end streets still blocked by electrical power lines and downed trees.

County Executive Rob Astorino attended an Emergency Operations Center meeting at the Scarsdale Emergency Operations Center late last night. He stated fuel supplies are adequate and deliveries continue. Mr. Astorino is speaking with the Con Ed President Kevin Burke daily and continues to press our situation.

The Mayor and the Village Board of Trustees will be at the Library Scott Room at 7:00 p.m. for a meeting to provide a Hurricane Sandy recovery update.

Electrical power is being restored. Currently, roughly 60% or 3,894 of 6,025 customers in the Village are without power. This is down from 4,509 that were without power as of yesterday. Con Ed continues to report the date of November 11 for full County-wide power restoration; however we are working hard to improve that outlook. For those residents without power and heat, the

American Red Cross has established a regional emergency shelter for our area at the Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerard Lane in New Rochelle. The shelter is equipped with cots for sleeping. The Red Cross can be contacted at 914 682-2299.

Emergency pet shelters and additional shelters may be found by calling 211.

In addition, the Scarsdale Public Library on Olmstead Road is available as a comfort center with power, heat, free coffee and other amenities, including movies in the Scott Room. Residents may also charge their cell phones and other electronic devices. The Village has extended the Library hours from 9AM-9PM Monday – Friday and 11AM-9PM on Sunday.

Con Ed is working toward having all polling places in the Village restored with electrical power by Monday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. The Village has established eight polling places for this election, one of which are still without power. This location is the Edgewood School. The other polling locations, Crossway Firehouse, Village Hall, Fox Meadow, Heathcote, Quaker Ridge and Greenacres Schools and the Library have electricity. If Con Ed is unable to restore power to all polling places by Monday, the County Board of Elections will attempt to notify all voters of the alternate locations, and County officials will be on-site at the pre-determined locations to redirect voters to the alternate sites.

We will provide updated information in this regard as we receive from the County and Con Ed. either combine locations or establish new locations within Scarsdale.   Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Village works with the appropriate government agencies and Con Edison to restore power, open roads and get the Village up and running again. 

Please continue to call the Emergency Operations Center at 722-1150 and the Scarsdale Police Department at 722-1200 for any storm or non-storm related inquires and concerns.

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Don D November 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Wonderful! Yesterday the Mayor said that 3,401 were without power. Today we're back up to 3,894! That's around 600 restored to service in the past week (we were originally at around 4,500 after Sandy). At this rate Con Ed just might restore power to all of Scarsdale by Christmas! The restoration rate in ALL of our neighboring towns has been much, much better. So sad that Con Ed has basically been AWOL throughout this sad episode.
Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
It's really awful. I'm hoping tonight they have more promising news. If you can, head to the library for the 7pm meeting...folks get chance to ask questions...
Fred F November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I agree. Completely awful. Why does it take a week for ConEd to get crews here to work on an outage when everyone knew of this storm a week in advance. THey basically wasted all of last week doing nothing. If we don't pay our huge electrical bill, we don't get power, but no consequences if ConEd acts this way. THis is criminal and our elected officials have done absolutely nothing. If they are trying, they are clearly not trying hard enough or don't have the influence they should have. We should vote to impeach them right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fred F November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I agree. Completely awful. Why does it take a week for ConEd to get crews here to work on an outage when everyone knew of this storm a week in advance. THey basically wasted all of last week doing nothing. If we don't pay our huge electrical bill, we don't get power, but no consequences if ConEd acts this way. THis is criminal and our elected officials have done absolutely nothing. If they are trying, they are clearly not trying hard enough or don't have the influence they should have. We should vote to impeach them right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fred F November 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Would love to be at the meeting so I could express to our mayor and everyone that should be working to resolve this problem ust how poorly I think they have perfromed. Unfortunately, our family has been completely displaced since we need heat and are staying with family out of town. I hope our mayor has one of these meetings once everyone is back in town. This is not something people will forget. Its easy being the mayor of this town when all is well and everyone is paying huge taxes and the biggest problem is deciding whether to allow someone to put of a 3 foot fence or a 4 foot fence...but when things get tough and real leadership is needed, we see exactly what kind of leaders we have.
Vincent Thomas Siano November 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The date given to you guys by Co Ed. Not acceptable . They should be working more shifts. If you want to see work ethic watch the tree guys from out of state not our town guys at Langes TOM SIANO
Gary November 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Should I feel special. I"m one of the them one week and counting
Peter Sherman November 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Five line crews from PIKE in North Carolina wasted the whole day Sunday waiting at the Secor Road DPW location. No one from Con Ed showed up to tell them where to go and what to do.
jj November 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
No one can control Con Ed. Cablevision and Verizon out in force one day after, competition is all that works.We can control that the Town spends the next two years accelerating taking down Village trees by hiring outside contractors and not relying on the town crews to save money.
Daniel Harris November 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
"the Village has tirelessly requested additional Con Ed crews"...is not good enough. Our elected officials should be making calls and getting things done, as in, "this needs to be done now, or else"...I can get sixth graders to "tireless request"... Daniel
Dick Nixon November 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Coned doesn't care about Scarsdale. Density is not enough.
Frank Burgel November 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
The only long-term solution to all this is to put all power and other lines underground. When I spoke with my brother who lives in stormy Northern Germany the other day I asked him when he had his last power failure. He could not remember but thought it was FORTY years ago. All lines are underground ! Why cut our beautiful trees and suffer through continuous power failures with expensive repairs when a better solution is at hand?
Eric Holbrook November 06, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Germany doesn't have Hurricanes. But that's besides the point. Has anyone noticed that the bridge over the train station is still being worked on? That construction began a year before we moved to Florida. In 2008. Getting things fixed is not a priority in New York, much less Scarsdale. Writing parking tickets? Now THAT'S a priority.

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