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Mayor: Power Restoration, Voting are Priorities

The following update was provided by Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser.

Good afternoon, this is Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser providing an update on the Village’s Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

Earlier this morning, Saturday, November 3rd, Con Edison reported to County municipal officials that a total of 775 Con Ed employees and out of state mutual aid workers, are on-site at the Rye Playland staging area for assignment in Westchester County.

479 of these employees are line restoration workers and 296 perform line cutting and road clearing work. These workers comprise a total of 158 crews. These crews are currently being equipped with the necessary materials and supplies previously identified for each municipality and are being dispatched to the various communities.

Con Ed crews currently working in Scarsdale consist of a single line and tree crew to cut power lines, clear trees and open roads, and two line restoration crews to restore electrical power. Con Ed’s priorities for restoration County-wide are school buildings and election polling places for Tuesday’s national election.

Village officials have been in direct contact with Con Ed officials to reinforce the severity of power outages in Scarsdale, which stand at 75% of all customers, and the necessity for additional crews to be dispatched to re-open roadways and restore power to residential neighborhoods.

We have been in contact with our State Assemblywoman as well who is advocating directly with Con Edison on our behalf. Con Ed continues to report the date of November 11th 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.

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. Village DPW crews continue to open roadways in which electrical lines are not present. All major east/west and north/south traffic corridors are open for traffic. This includes Mamaroneck Road where the last section from Cambridge to Post was opened a few hours ago.

Other major roads open are Post, Popham, Crane, Fox Meadow, Olmstead, Fenimore, Sprague, Heathcote, Wilmot, Palmer, Secor, Weaver and Griffen. The Village Center and Heathcote 5-Corners are accessible as well with most merchants open for business.

A Village street map identifying all open and closed roads has been posted for public view at the Scarsdale Library on Olmstead Road and the Police Department kiosk on East Parkway adjacent to the Christie Place Garage.

Regarding Tuesday’s national election, Con Ed is working toward having all polling places in the Village restored with electrical power by Monday, November 5th at 5PM. There are currently 142 polling places without power in Westchester County. The Village has established eight polling places for this election, five of which are currently without power. These locations are Village Hall and the Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres and Quaker Ridge Elementary Schools. The other polling locations, Crossway Firehouse, Heathcote School 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.

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.

DM November 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Wow - 158 crews in Westchester and we get 3?!!
Don D November 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
When I checked the ConEd outage map earlier this evening, Scarsdale was the ONLY community in lower Westchester not to have had any customers restored to service yet. This although Scarsdale and Rye seem to have among the very hardest hit. Rye has made progress since then, Scarsdale hasn't. What also really annoys me is the following sentence in the article: "These (few) crews are currently being equipped with the necessary materials and supplies...and are being dispatched...". The obvious question here is why the hell was this not happening 4 days ago?
D November 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Con Ed is a disgrace. Why are all our elected officials afraid of them? Political contributions. How truly sad we cannot get help. We will remember this during the upcoming elections.
rl November 04, 2012 at 02:56 AM
What is the mayor of Scarsdale doing to get the Con Ed crews here to recover our power. November 11 is an unacceptable date for power recovery.
DM November 04, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Friends in Bronxville and New Rochelle were restored yesterday. If we get power back by Tuesday I would be shocked. Since we are adjacent to areas with power (the high school and crane Berkeley) we will be last on the list. Not enough bang for the buck for Con Ed. Horrible bang for the buck for residents, though. We pay some of the highest utility rates in the nation.
Donna Bartolotta November 04, 2012 at 01:28 PM
There are still outages in New Rochelle!!!!
LJ November 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
We lost power last night. Why would we lose power days after the storm hit? Being one of the few who had power this is ridiculous. This is supposed to get better, not worse. Con Ed is a joke
Sue L November 04, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Scarsdale is like a third world country every time we have a bad storm. Last time I checked we pay very high taxes for municipal services. Where are those services when we need them? The mayor and Con Ed should be sued. This is not acceptable .
Sue L November 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
To the Mayor of Scarsdale: Please tell us what you are doing to restore our power before November 11th! Other than reporting on the congregation of Con Ed Crews at Playland. That length of time for a power outage is not acceptable. You owe us an explanation as to why our power is not coming back faster.
enough November 04, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It is pretty clear that our officials are not advocating for our interests as effectively as are those from other towns. The mayor of Bronxville went on TV to say how terrible Con Ed is . . . while we seem to cower and beg for scraps. Is it any surprise that Bronxville has power and we don't? Let's recognize that Con Ed's main objective at this point is to avoid bad publicity and use the tools that we have. And the fact that Con Ed and Scarsdale have been feuding over trees and power lines for years and years has probably not done much to move us off the bottom of Con Ed's list.
Sk November 04, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Not only do we pay high taxes, we are also large consumers of coned (or "conned", more appropriately) - when I finally got someone on the phone, they said there were only 46 people out - maybe in my immediate area, but that's no justification for sending no one into Scarsdale - maybe the permits you need for a generator or the high taxes we pay indicate to them that many in our community we can take care of themselves, but that is not true for everyone and its no way to treat paying customers!
Margaret Cavalluzzi November 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Where is the mayor? Scarsdale has more than HALF of the CON ED customers without power. Other than New Castle or Rye NO OTHER Village or town or city in Westchester is in this bad of shape. I am ashamed of the response of the elected officials in this village. Where is our help? Without power since Monday. No information. No precense in the area. DISGUSTING. We need to get them out of office IMMEDIATELY
Richard November 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Using ConEd's own data, usefully provided on this site (http://bit.ly/U2fBZn), Scarsdale is lagging nearly all areas in Westchester in terms of recovery of customers' electricity. In Lower Westchester only Rye has a higher proportion of customers without power. It's great to see so much progress in Scarsdale in the last 24 hours, and disappointing to see confirmed by this data that virtually no work whatsoever was done in Scarsdale up until yesterday. Can we have a new update from the mayor on additional crews that are presumably coming?
Francis David November 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Although I appreciate the effort by the Mayor and her fellow Board members at Today's 4 pm meeting, her failure to affirmatively advocate for Scarsdale--and her clear inability to make a forceful stand even among her citizens ("let's all be civil now")--show just how weak our local government is here. If not for Amy (our strong State Assembly member), it would have been almost comical. Imsuggestbwe sweep these guys out and bring in some fresh blood.

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