The following is a post-storm status report for the Village of Tuckahoe written by Village Mayor Steve Ecklond.
Much more progress has been made over the past 24 hours towards our goal of full power restoration.
Remaining on the ground with our Police, DPW and the ConEd teams for the past week I have learned a great deal about the power infrastructure and to some degree how fragile the system can be.
An example of this is yesterday after “walking the line” and making a visual examination of the overhead lines starting on Stebbins, turning onto Everett, then onto Rose, we discovered a small overhead blown line fuse which when replaced re-energized all these streets and a large section of Rose Avenue.
Unfortunately however there are much more complicated issues we are dealing with.
For instance, the block outage on Marbledale Road between Lincoln and Stewart has been down for a week.
This street requires a full transformer replacement which we have now secured and are hopeful when installed today will do the trick and treat the residents to power so they can enjoy their block long Halloween parade with some heat and lights.
The crews will be working on the outages that have occurred on Midland, Summit and Warren Avenues. I have also requested that the crews work this weekend to get the Tuckahoe Schools back up and running.
Working in cooperation with ConEd by feeding the information I collect from your emails directly to the ConEd boots on our ground has proven to be very effective.
While the crews are up in the bucket trucks working on a location, I am able to advance to the next location with our DPW Superintendent, and ConEd’s liaison to do a pre-evaluation thus saving time and allowing the overhead line repair crews to spend more time doing just that, repairing overhead lines and restoring power.
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We are fortunate to have a very competent and experienced ConEd restoration team in the Village for the past week that under the leadership of their foreman, Andrew, has cooperated and worked well with our Village’s Emergency Management Team.
Clearly this cooperation has resulted in the significant progress we have seen towards our goal of full restoration.
I am asking again that any residents, who have a loss of power please make sure you have notified ConEdison of your outage via their website at www.ConEd.com or phone 1-800-75-CONED to get on their list. In addition please email your address to email@example.com I will relay this information to our ConEd liason working with us.
Yesterday afternoon I met with our Town Supervisor Tony Colavita and County Legislator Sheila Marcotte and briefed them on our status. In addition I have kept Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino informed of our progress through a daily municipal conference call.
With the news that Fuel Barges have arrived at dock I am expecting that our Gas Stations will be receiving fuel deliveries within the next day or two.
Thank you for your attention to this.
Steven A. Ecklond, Mayor