National Guard To Meet In Rockland On Friday

1,000 troops will meet in Suffern


Update: noon Friday

The morning 7 a.m. meeting was canceled. At a Nyack Village meeting Friday morning, Village Trustee Mary Lorenzini said that she was told the National Guard will be coming in Friday night


One thousand members of the National Guard will be in Rockland Friday for at least two meetings.

The National Guard will have 1,000 members meeting with Orange & Rockland Utilities Friday in groups of 500, one group meeting at 7 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m. O&R will brief the troops on the situation locally. Both meetings will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, where O&R has 100 rooms booked for workers, according to Robert Wilson, the hotel’s general manager.

Wilson said it might get a little crowded Friday morning, as 7 a.m. is also usually when all the O&R workers at the hotel head out for the day. He said he hasn’t heard how the National Guard units are arriving, where they will be working or what they’ll be doing.

Smitty Chesterfield November 02, 2012 at 02:21 PM
county legislator Frank Sparaco was recently hired as constituent services, clarkstown highway dept., at $75,000 for 25 hrs per week. Has anyone spoken with him? I hope he's earning his (your) money.
Clemona November 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Not to worry RJ. My supervisor St. Lawrence just assured us that the Feds are "Engaged"
suzanne penn November 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Why has nobody been to ridge road in valley cottage? A double yellow line street with one private road getting residnets in and out bc of down lines and trees! What is going on? Where is everyone??
Robert Guttman November 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
In answer to your question, most of the gas stations actually do have fuel in their tanks, but they don't have any electricity, so their pumps don't work. The few that do have electricity, and can pump it, quickly run out. So it isn't simply a question of having the fuel stocks in reserve, you also have to have the facilities from which to dispense it. Another reason fuel has been in short supply is that the Port of New York/New Jersey, through which the tankers bring the oil in, was damaged by the storm and was closed for several days. However, I heard on Friday that the port has re-opened and the tankers are unloading again. That is not an unusual circumstance after a severe storm such as this. I was on a merchant ship once during a hurricane that hit Galveston and Houston, in Texas, and those ports were completely closed to shipping for three days after the storm.
Robert Guttman November 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Lessen the impact how? By building a sea-wall around the entire middle-atlantic seaboard in a week? get real! Obama was in touch with Governors Christie and Cuomo immediately, and put relief organizations into action at once. Obama personally visited stricken areas of New Jersey with Governor Christie who, despite tha fact that he is a bitter bitter political opponent of the President, praised Obama's efforts to help the people of his state. Bush, on the other hand, made one flight over New Orleans in a helicopter, clicked his tongue at the damage, and then simply flew back to Washington.


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