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Pleasantville Mayor's Update — 5 p.m. Saturday

Mayor Peter Scherer weighs in on Con Edison, gasoline and other post-Sandy issues.

The following is from Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer:

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CON EDISON

We continue to be frustrated by a lack of information from Con Edison. This morning's conference call with municipalities throughout Westchester made clear that, with few exceptions, most communities have the same frustrations...lots of outages and no sign of restoration crews.
The challenges remain substantial, and our nearby neighbors are in worse shape than P'ville...many with roads blocked, schools closed without power and 60-80% of homes without power. Con Edison reports that nursing homes, schools and election polling sites have priority over residential outages. Our outages remain at roughly 25-30% of homes...my own among them.

We continue to push Con Ed, both in public forums and behind the scenes, to address the outages in Pleasantville and to provide solid information that allows people to create realistic plans. I am promised better information tomorrow morning and will report as soon as it appears.
The official Con Edison statement says that it "expects to restore the vast majority of customers" by the weekend of November 10-11. They say that "the remaining customer restorations could take an additional week or more."

GAS SUPPLIES are a bit better today, and the regional emergency managers tell us that shortages should ease considerably within the next 1-3 days. We'll believe that when it happens...but the positive reports sound promising. The Village supply for emergency and service vehicles is in good shape.

OUR WATER SYSTEM is (and will remain) in good shape. Neighbors in the Skytop/Brentwood area have suffered this week from low water pressure caused by power loss at a pump station. That problem got worse today, and we have installed a trailer-mounted emergency generator to power these pumps. We apologize to neighbors in the area for the noise of this large generator...but we have no alternative means of maintaining water pressure to homes and fire hydrants.

THE WEATHER REPORT calls for an overnight low tonight at about the freezing point...unhappy news for those without power and heat. We are concerned about a possible storm in the forecast for the middle of next week...still rather speculative this far out. We don't expect anything major, but nobody needs more rain and wind.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES The LIBRARY is open until 8 pm today (Saturday) and will be open from 1-8 on Sunday...providing a place to warm up, use the wireless internet and connect with neighbors.

The BURNS MEDIA LAB (corner of Manville and Grant) will be open tomorrow (Sunday) from 10 am - 7 pm for people who are without power. They'll show family movies in the small screening room from 10 - 1 and will show Sunday football games in the afternoon. Wi-Fi is available there as well.

Thanks again for all the good will among neighbors...which is apparent everywhere I go in the Village.

Peter

kim w November 03, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Town hall should send updates in the mail to those without power and Internet access to be sure everyone knows what is going on.
Chris November 04, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Any news on p'ville outside the village? We are on rt 117 near pace, no power, no heat, no water, no con Ed trucks anywhere.
Luther Conebone November 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Nothing personal Mayor, but thanks for the late update. What would be really useful is a street by street ETA for power. We also have no heat, power or water and no sight of con-ed or p'ville trucks unless they're lost and need to turn around in our cul-de-sac to supply power to those that count. Mayor, do you have light?
Sarah Studley (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Hi Luther, according to the Mayor's update, he is among those without power. Unfortunately, I do not believe Con Ed has supplied the village with street-by-street estimates yet.
Sarah Studley (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Hi Chris—right now there is only a general estimate for all of Westchester County, which is by the end of next week. I haven't heard anything about water being restored to Route 117 yet, but will let you know if I do.
Sarah Studley (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Hi Kim—I think that might be tough in terms of getting immediate information to residents (things have been changing pretty quickly), but I do know Pleasantville has been posting these updates on the Village Hall door if that is helpful to you. I hope your power is restored soon!

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