On Monday, March 15, local officials were seeking help from higher levels of government in dealing with continuing power outages and the costs of clearing trees and repairing storm damage.
Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum appealed to New York Assemblyman George Latimer “on an extreme urgent basis” for help getting power restored at the Westchester Joint Water Works and residential areas of Harbor Heights. Power was also still out in many parts of Orienta.
Mayor Rosenblum described the situation in Harbor Heights as being due to falling trees and destruction of poles at the entrance of the Hutchinson River Parkway from Mamaroneck Avenue.
Assemblyman Latimer reached out to Con-Edison and promised to provide further updates.
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino was meeting with New York State Governor Paterson and representatives from Con-Ed and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). “Con Ed told us that in Westchester and New York City 173,000 customers were without power at some point – more than the number affected by Hurricane Gloria in 1985,” Mr. Astorino reported in a release on Monday afternoon.
At the state level, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand petitioned the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for help with storm clean-up. At the peak of the storm, according to the senator’s letter to FEMA, more than half a million homes or businesses were without power. She estimated around 75,000 Westchester customers were still in the dark on Monday.
In Larchmont, the Department of Public Works foreman, Rick Vetere, was waiting for Con-Ed to officially declare that the Monroe Avenue transformer was “dead,” so crews could begin removing downed trees, poles and wires that were blocking the road. Homes and businesses relying on the transformer were still without power.
By Tuesday, power was back to parts of Harbor Heights and Monroe Avenue was clear. However, there were still a number of area “storm refugees” taking advantage of the clear, spring weather to get out of their electricity-deprived homes.
Among them was Charles Sorkin, proprietor of My Essentials in Larchmont and a Mamaroneck Town resident, who said he had tried unsuccessfully to book a hotel room in New Rochelle, Rye and White Plains.
The Larchmont Public Library, U.S. Post Office, Wells Fargo Bank and dozens of businesses nearby on the Boston Post Road in Larchmont Village were closed and were not expected to re-open until the end of the week, when the transformer on Monroe Avenue is scheduled to be back in operation.