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Yorktown Supervisor: Utilities Work in 'Expeditious Manner' to Restore Power

Residents are asked to limit their travel so emergency workers can continue to clear fallen trees and wires.

A week after Super Storm Sandy slammed into the northeast and left thousands of Yorktown residents in the dark days, the majority of residents (ConEd and NYSEG customers) have had their power restored. 

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, along with town and police officials as well as representatives from the two companies – ConEd and NYSEG – held a press conference on Monday to update residents on the progress made after the storm. 

"I know a lot of criticism is coming their way or has come their way already, but as far as the town of Yorktown is concerned, I want to state unequivocally that both utilities, as far as I'm concerned, have been acting very diligently," Grace said. "Their crews are working overtime and they have worked in cooperation with the the town personnel to get things done in what I think has been an expeditious manner."

Grace said close to 90 percent of the town has had its power restored and crews have been working overtime to untangle debris from wires, make sure those wires are not live and restore power.

He said he wanted to thank both utility companies for working "diligently" following what officials are calling an "unprecedented storm" because of the type of damages it left. The damages to that critical infrastructure, such as poles and transformers, is what has made the power restoration prolonged, Grace said. 

NYSEG expects that "virtually all customers" will have power restored by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 7. Bob Pass, a representative for NYSEG, said the company remained focused on restoring power to critical customers first and ensuring the safety of employees and residents. 

Con Edison had also been prioritizing areas where large numbers of customers could be restored at once. Mark Drexel, a Yorktown resident and ConEd representative, said on Monday that there are currently 15 crews (or 40 people) working in Yorktown. 

"This was definitely an unprecedented storm," Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy said. "I've never seen so many downed wires and snapped poles. I can't believe how many transformers are laying on people's yards."

Yorktown's public safety officer Larry Eidelman said the town of Yorktown is "far better off" than other neighboring communities in the aftermath because of the town's emergency operation center and the coordination of efforts among utility companies, police and town officials.

The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center has been operating as an emergency shelter since last Tuesday where residents have gotten a chance to warm up, charge their electronic devices, get a hot meal or hot cup of coffee. Since last week, more than 1,000 people had visited and more than 100 people have slept over. 

Eidelman warned residents of the upcoming Nor'easter, which will likely bring high winds, rain and possibly snow to the region beginning Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday, and asked them to restock whatever supplies they might may have used over the last week.

The town of Yorktown lifted the declared State of Emergency on Sunday, but residents are still requested to limit their travel so emergency workers can continue to clear fallen trees and wires to restore electrical power. 

"Please try to combine your vehicle trips," Grace said. "Do everything you can."

Price gouging in the area has been one of the problems post-Hurricane Sandy. The Attorney General's Office has received hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state. To file a complaint call 800-771-7755 or log on to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's website to make a complaint.  

FEMA has issued a major disaster declaration (MDD) for Westchester County – making the county eligible for both public and individual assistance. To find out how you can apply for assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov

Meanwhile, Tuesday, Nov. 6 is the general election and all voting locations in Yorktown are open.

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Evan Bray November 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Nice. Here's a report from this morning stating it may be another week (11-13) before Yorktown ConEd customers get power. Heckuva job there, ConEd. Keep restoring power in an "expeditious manner." We might even be able to have Thanksgiving with power if this Nor'easter doesn't whip up winds above 10mph. I don't understand how staying off the roads helps phantom crews perform no work to restore absolutely nothing in my neighborhood. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. They haven't even made an assessment of our 'hood. I just wish we could get someone to speak the truth and give an honest estimate and status of when we'll get power instead of just blindly praising the utilities that aren't communicating clearly to affected customers. They are just throwing up dates weeks out and hoping they can better them and then declare themselves heroes. Unreal. http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/news/2000-still-without-power-yorktown-tues-am
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Here is the latest update from ConEd http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/under-60k-westchester-con-ed-customers-still-without-power. The company continues to say most power will be restored in the county by the end of this weekend. http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/con-ed-continues-restoration-efforts-in-westchester
m November 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The middle of town has had power for days. I live right by Junior Lake and STILL have no power but it's great to see that the Junior pool is all lit up every night!!! Getting ridiculous!
Dawn November 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
They left a wire suspended on a ladder since at least Wed. when they needed to use Brookside as Rt. 35 was closed. As of this morning the dangerous set up is still there.
David November 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Yes, political nonsense. Is Supervisor Grace concerned about the residents who are still without power? Does he care to hear how we are provided with inaccurate info from NYSEG? ETA Sunday 11PM, umm, we mean Monday 11PM, umm, Wednesday midnight. Seems like they just don't know when they can send a bucket truck to connect the wire to my house. If Supervisor Grace was concerned about the residents he would be in these neighborhoods finding out how NYSEG has been handling our situations.
Sami November 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The crews that restored our power were from Louasiana and in another neighborhood they were from Colorado. Thier biggest complaint is that they came all this way to work- and Con-Ed/NYSEG wont let them work past 9pm because that is OT. Seriously? They left their families, drove across the country AND WANT TO WORK LONGER HOURS so they can get power back and get home. Just to save a buck? It makes me sick. A big thank you to the Louisana crew who told me that they came up here right away to return the favor from Katrina when many of our crews went down to NO to help.
David November 06, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Looks like whoever isn't restored today will have to wait until at least Thursday with the high wind warning in effect till Thursday 6AM. 60MPH gusts possible. http://m.accuweather.com/en/us/amawalk-ny/10501/weekend-weather/334677 Why is it that Con Ed is working 24/7 and NYSEG is working 17 hour days. Did Supervisor Grace get the answer to that question when he met with the utility company's?
Maura November 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
It is so important that we let our utility workers do their jobs today. If tomorrow's storm wipes us out again, we're in big trouble. We may be tempted to stop the workers and ask a million questions, but please let them get to work. I'm sure the 90% of Yorktown figure being restored to power is inflated. I'm not at all happy with the job they've done, but might feel differently if I had power. Please, Supervisor Grace, get out there an make sure they bring up back our power!!!!!
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Now when the power companies want to cut back the trees hanging over their utility poles maybe we should just tell those tree hugging environmentalists to go to hell. The electric power delivery in this country will never be placed under ground, deal with it. You certainly would be complaining about the exorbitant cost of doing so. About three times the cost. The utility companies are doing the best they can under the conditions. This storm was much worse than Irene and has caused much more damage. Just drive around and see the damage all over Westchester. Think you have problems here, just look at Staten Island, New Jersey,Queens and Brooklyn to mention a few. Suck it up and feel lucky that you are not living in any of those places. All I hear is whining, especially from Evan. Hey Evan, ever heard of a gasoline generator?
Evan Bray November 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Francis, do you have fetal alcohol syndrome or something? I said that I don't even want ConEd power and that I'd keep running my generator "permanently." Yes, I have heard of them, and if you scroll up, you'll see that I wrote that in this thread; it's actually the first comment. I've sucked it up and my family is safe with power to run essentials with a deafening gas generator. It just rubs me the wrong way when someone's trying to tell me that ConEd is doing a great job in an "expeditious manner" when that's clearly not the case. 2 weeks to restore power is not "expeditious." Not even after a barely class 1 hurricane moved up the coast at 10mph. ConEd had a week to prepare and got caught with their pants down. Cuomo seems to get it: http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/politics/gov-cuomo-casts-vote-new-castle-blasts-utilities BTW, all of my family on the Jersey shore and in Staten Island all have power back! Actually had it before last weekend. That must be where all the ConEd workers actually are. So, in summary, you need to work on your reading comprehension.
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Evan, maybe you should go out with one of the crews and actually see what they have to do. It is easy for you to criticize their efforts. I will bet that you are a pencil pusher or a lawyer.
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Evan, sorry I missed the first post. Maybe solar panels might be the way to go for you. Maybe you could buy some from Solyndra, oh wait their out of business aren't they? ;)
David November 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Clearly Francis never lost power.
Maura November 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
No, I think Francis probably works for Con Ed and is making tons of overtime.
Ed Lachterman November 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
If anyone is without power, there is an emergency shelter set up in the YCCC. There you can warm up, charge electronics and if needed sleep overnight. It is run by the CERT team - community emergency response team - a group of volunteers organized by officer Eidelman. For those of you still waiting for power restoration, I feel for you. I think you need to look at the severity of the storm as well as the effects of the surrounding areas. It is hard to hear someone say that the utilities are doing a good job when you are still waiting, but as a town we had 98% of the people get knocked out. I was out an entire week at my house. I drive down county every day and I see areas that are in much worse shape than we are today. Supervisor Grace had the utilities focus on the infrastructure first so that there are the resources available to help us get through the tough times. Imagine if we did not have power in the town and the gas pumps were not working. I have friends on SI and LI that can not even get the supplies needed for basic necessities. My hat goes off to all the people trying to get Yorktown up and running - politicians, 1st responders, utilities (local and journeymen) and all of the volunteers and good Samaritans working with the community.
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 09:17 PM
@ David, I just got my power back yesterday at 12noon. So how does that change things ?
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
No Maura I'm retired and living on a fixed income. Do you feel better now?
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Now where are all those voices that condemned Bush and the handling of Katrina? They don't seem to be blaming Obama, do they?
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
@gladys dodge, and your suggestions on how to improve the response.
Maura November 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Francis - wow, you got power back on Sunday? Lucky you. We're still waiting. You have a fixed income? Wow, lucky you. Imagine those of who have lost a tremendous amount of income due to the storm? And our children who are missing days of education because of the storm. Doesn't affect you at all does it? Do you feel better now? You should. You're in a lot better of a situation than most of us whiners on here.
Francis T McVetty November 06, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Maura, Really? Over the past four years I have lost net worth because of the incompetent president, so I'm not better off than I was four years ago. Those who have lost income because of the storm still have time to make that loss up as opposed to those who can't because they are retired and maybe too old to get a job. The children have lost days of education? Maybe the school year can be extended and not have so many "breaks" and other excuses for the teachers to be off. What really bothers you is that YOU had to take care of your children during those "lost" school days, right?
Active Yorktowner November 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I would really like to know what you all think the town can do??? It's not like they can climb the poles and fix the wires. I have seen Con Ed and the out of state guys out doing the job. I brought them water and snacks when they were in my area working. It's not like they are sitting around doing nothing. This was a devasting storm and these guys are working their a***s off. So, everyone needs to take a breathe and quit your bitching. How about being thankful you still have a house to go to and loved ones around you. Think about those that lost everything they had including family. This will be a story you will tell your grandkids when they are bitching about losing power or something. You'll recall the storm of 2012 and how you made it through it. And if you still want to complain, then move somewhere were this doesn't happen. Evan, when are you moving, I want to throw a party when you go.
Evan Bray November 07, 2012 at 02:42 AM
No Francis, it's worse. I won the lotto, retired at 34, moved my family to the poor part Yorktown and am now being run out by anonymous trolls like "active Yorktowner." I don't even push pencils I'm such a fat and lazy Marxist who obviously won life's lottery. I just yuck it up in the patch comments as my primary hobby. I was just at the Pawling Mountain Club for a sporting clay charity event for St Jude's Childrens Hospital. Judging from your profile picture, I think we might have more in common than you think. In summary, at least you use you real name, unlike that pussy "active Yorktowner." I do appreciate your passion and am happy to have you as a neighbor.
Sami November 07, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Solar panels still have to be connected to the grid and run through the electric lines (based on two estimates we got this summer when considering solar panels), so we still would have lost electricity. May be a cost saver, but until NY allows homes to be off the grid, it wont help in this situation.
David November 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I do consider myself fortunate that I have only lost power, unlike so many others who have lost their homes. My concern is the incompetence of NYSEG. For the second time they have listed on the website that power has been restored to my home. Most recently at 7:09 last night. Their work order states that they need to connect to the house, but the wire still lays on the lawn. How does a work order get completed if no work has been done? The first time they did this, I accepted it as a mistake, but now a second time? Something is seriously wrong with the procedures they have in place.
Scott Petricig November 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
It does seem that ConEd may be making the numbers look smaller than they are. Yesterday the ConEd website was indicating our power was out and we should be restored by 11/8 11:00 PM. Today, the website says they have no knowledge of an outage at our address but there is an "outage in the area". We still do not have power. The outage nearby that originally had something like 247 customers affected is now showing around 140. Oh, and the estimated restoration time is now 11/9 11:59 PM. (Of course I understand there is a huge nor'easter going on right now which may delay their efforts) I feel like they're tinkering with the numbers. My landlord spoke to ConEd and they apparently said they know about the outage at our address even though it's not showing up on the website. I really don't know whether to trust them.
Evan Bray November 08, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Francis and Active Yorktowner (you spineless, anonymous troll): Looks like supervisor Grace reads the patch comments and knows when to flip flop from "expeditious manner" to "slow." Haha! That's what I said from the start. ConEd and their 11 million dollar CEO Kevin Burke suck. Appreciate the effort and all the out of staters risking life and limb to help us dig out, but calling the effort expeditious was a bold faced lie that rubbed us powerless the wrong way (note the comments above). No need to apologize. I'm just glad the supervisor did a 180 and the record's been set straight. Carry on. http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/news/towns-villages-call-con-edisons-response-sandy-slow
Ros Kliban November 08, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Francis, It would be easy to go out with a crew. The problem is you first have to fine one.
Ros Kliban November 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Solyndra might be out of business , but 95% of the rest who got govt money are sill in business.
Ros Kliban November 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Francis, from what I can tell, is a republican, so he is pro big business and corporations.

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