3-5-18 PM STORM RECOVERY UPDATE
WHAT CAN WE DO? – The storm preparedness and storm response of both NYSEG and Con Edison has been appalling. They did not prepare for the storm, (notwithstanding ample notice that it would occur and that it would carry high winds, which means downed trees and lines) and now they are failing to properly respond to it.
I have asked for 24 hour crews. NYSEG has responded with “we are working daylight hours”. Con Edison crews are working until 9 PM. This will not get the job done.
I have heard that many of you have called NYSEG and Con Edison until you’re blue in the face and with no impact whatsoever.
What to do?
Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer have been working hard to help us. We now need to ask them to demand that the utilities apply the resources that are needed to get the job done. Please contact them and ask them to demand around the clock work to restore power (please note, after hours leave a message):
Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390 (also an online form is at https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form)
Also use Social Media to post directly to NYSEG and Con Edison the demand for 24 hour resources:
NYSEG Service Area: Both progress and lack of progress. Power has been restored to some areas, however, the restoration of power for the remaining NYSEG areas has slid to 11:45 PM Wednesday rather than tonight. A number of the downed trees/lines have been de-energized, but not all. As such, the estimated restoration date/times on NYSEG’s power outage page (http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html are inaccurate and have not been updated – either for the restorations made and unreliable for the remaining areas.
Con Edison Service Area: We now have a Con Edison storm recovery liaison assigned to Bedford physically here in Bedford who this afternoon went with Commissioner Winn from downed line to downed line in Con Edison service area. A “make safe” crew has been assigned to de-energize the line, so the restoration crew can get to work. While you can check estimated restoration dates/times on the Con Edison website (https://apps.coned.com/stormcenter/external/default.html#), I am concerned about the reliability of Con Edison’s estimates of power restoration for most areas of Bedford (note, however, that many streets, Con Edison identifies as “assessing”).
WARMING/CHARGING CENTERS; DRY ICE/WATER; OVERNIGHT SHELTER
We have the following resources:
Given the incidents over the past couple of days, I am compelled to repeat precautions I’ve mentioned previously and add a new one regarding traffic lights that are out:
Not all downed lines have been cleared. These are LIVE electrical wires posing an imminent danger. As I mentioned in my previous posts, PLEASE BE SAFE and PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. We have reports from our Fire Departments of multiple incidents of motorists and others cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to LIVE power lines. You will get electrocuted and die if you take this type of action. Please stay away from downed wires! They have NOT been de-energized. The first priority for the utilities is to get them de-energized.
Please do not use natural-gas powered kitchen ovens or ranges to heat your home. Using these cooking appliances for heating creates a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is formed by the incomplete burning of fuels such as heating oil, wood, gasoline, natural gas, propane and charcoal. Also, don’t use charcoal grills indoors for heating or cooking because of the CO risk that also creates. The same warning applies to fireplaces that are not properly ventilated.
Traffic Light Outages
We have one traffic light out in Town, but there are others that are out in neighboring towns. Motorists approaching a malfunctioning traffic light should stop their vehicles as if they are approaching a stop sign. This means come to a full stop. The only exception is when a police officer directs you to proceed otherwise. Once stopped, you must obey the applicable right-of-way laws. Following your stop, you must yield to any other vehicle that has already entered the intersection from any other direction or one that presents an immediate hazard.
Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 666-6530. Please call the Police Desk at 914-241-3111 with reports of downed trees or wires or e-mail me.
Thanks for your patience.