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Update From Village Of Scarsdale On Post-Sandy Cleanup, Power

The following is an update from the Village of Scarsdale on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Power restoration  

Con Ed is reporting that full restoration throughout Westchester County will be completed by November 11. 70% or 4,495 out of 6,025 residents remain out of power.    

Roads  

The Department of Public Works has cleared all roadways that were blocked by trees that did not involve electrical power lines. The Village of Scarsdale is working with the single Con Ed crew in Scarsdale to de-energize, clear and open all other locations. There are roughly 40 roadways or sections of roads still closed. Con Ed has indicated that additional line crews will be provided to the Village this weekend or early next week, after which the recovery will be significantly expedited. Please be reminded that Village crews cannot remove trees and clear roads until Con Ed removes the associated electrical power lines.

In the mean time, Village crews continue to remove and dispose of trees and yard waste already cut and left at the curb by residents. Residents are reminded that their contractors can transport yard waste to the Recycling Center at 110 Secor Road free of charge until further notice. Sanitation collection operations will continue in accordance with the published scheduled for the week of November 5.  

Police and Fire  

The Police and Fire Departments continue to operate as usual with additional staffing for storm related matters. Emergency calls should be directed to 911.   The Police Department asks that residents stop removing caution tape and barricades from roads. They are there for your protection.  

The Fire Department would like to remind all residents to be extremely vigilant with their use of candles and generators. Candles should not be left unattended for any reason, and must be extinguished before leaving the room and before sleep.  

The Police and Fire Departments are available on a 24/7 basis for all inquiries and concerns.  

Traffic Lights  

Traffic lights at the intersections of Heathcote, Crane and Post; Popham and Post; Fenimore and Post and Mamaroneck Rd and Post have been restored via temporary generators purchased and installed by the Village. This has allowed the Village to re-deploy the police officers directing traffic to patrolling neighborhoods, providing additional coverage during the storm recovery period.    

Village Hall

Village Hall offices are open for business, although the building is still void of electrical power. A temporary generator has been set-up to provide limited lighting and telephones.

Residents can now call the following numbers for departmental business:

Water Department 1138

Building Department 1140

Recreation Department 1160

Manager’s Office  1110

Clerk  1175

General 1100  

Residents are reminded that in addition to electrical power, Village Hall offices are without digital voice, data lines and computer and the internet service. Village staff is unable to receive digital communications including emails. Village Staff cannot access or respond to emails or voicemails. In order to reach anyone at Village Hall, residents should call the numbers above or personally visit the building.  

All storm related calls should continue to be placed to 722-1150 from 6AM-10PM M-F and from 10AM-6PM on Sat. and Sun. Residents should call the police desk at 722-1200 during all other hours. If you receive a busy signal, please try again as phone lines are limited due to storm damage. All storm and non-storm emergency calls should be placed to 911.    

All meetings scheduled at Village Hall for next week have been cancelled including the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting originally scheduled for November 5. Applicants scheduled for this BAR meeting will be placed on the November 19, 2012 agenda.Questions should be referred to the Building Department at 722-1140.  

Elections  

The New York State Governor’s Office and New York State Board of Elections are coordinating with Con Ed to restore power to polling locations in time for the Tuesday, November 6 National elections. Additional election information will be provided on Monday. Five of the eight polling places in Scarsdale are without power, four of which are schools and the other Village Hall. There is a chance therefore that these locations will have power restored prior to Con Ed’s reported schedule.  

Schools  

The Scarsdale Schools were closed all week on account of the storm. Only Scarsdale High School and Heathcote Elementary School have electrical power. The School officals will make a determination on Sunday as to whether schools will be open on Monday, pending the restoration of power at the schools.  

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Joe Taxpayer November 02, 2012 at 09:26 PM
So where are the other out of state crews. And really you may have school open on Monday. Don't you think it should be canceled so people can move to heated places away from here
Joe Taxpayer November 02, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Really kids have to stay in cold houses cause you might open schools. Come on cancel for a week and let us look for warm housing elsewhere. Also where are the out of state and up state crews that were on standby.
michael November 02, 2012 at 11:08 PM
what about additional patrols in areas with no power toensure continued safety of property and people
IR November 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Look at the photos tweeted by Rob Astorino HUNDREDS of electric company trucks and generators siting in the parking lot at Rye Playland DOING NOTHING. The hours they spent lining up in neat rows could have been spent restoring power.
Independently employed November 03, 2012 at 01:40 AM
What a joke. 1 crew working in Scarsdale. Another week to sit around with no power, heat, or water pressure in some cases, and another unpaid vacation week.
jonna oronzio November 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Single Con Edsion crew? ........Nice considering i have e mails that go back over a year ago to the MAYOR Warning her that if she did not deploy the DPW to cut down the overhang & trees that grown between the power lines that this would happen . Its amazing that nobody has been killed yet... Seems like scarsdale is negligent with their maintenance .....Now we have are all sitting ducks- Hope the mayor is warm and cozy in her bed tonight !!!

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