On a personal note, I will not be in the office today as I am visiting my 70 year old brother who earlier this week suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his car, which lead to a serious car accident.  He is in ICU in a hospital in Springfield.  It appears he’ll pull through.  The Town is in good hands with Deputy Supervisor Lee Roberts and my other colleagues on the Town Board:  Don Scott, MaryAnn Carr and Kate Galligan, who will be pitching in to keep pressing NYSEG, Con Edison, Verizon (FIOS) and Optimum and to be sure that the community is kept up to date, dry ice/water is available, warming centers kept open and we’re providing whatever help we can.  Thanks.

 Extent of Power Outage; Restoration Efforts

At the peak we had 85% of the Town with no power.  It appears that the outage information for the two utilities is reasonably accurate (though a number of you have advised me of roads not listed).   Let me know if your street is out, but not listed.  NYSEG:    Con Ed:    Since my update yesterday afternoon, there appears to be a good improvement but too much remaining with many of our residents out of power for a week.   Making safe roads (de-energizing live wires and then clearing the roads from trees/debris) was largely completed yesterday, but some roads still remain partially blocked.  As of this writing approximately 1300 utility customers (1247 NYSEG and 59 Con Ed) still have no power restored which equates to approximately 4200 residents.  Do bear in mind, however, that there continues to be underreporting (many of you have told me that your street either is not listed or was erroneously removed from the outage list though power had not been restored) which may or may not be offset by restorations which have occurred since the utilities’ postings.

Roads Closed

  • Byram Lake Road
  • Route 172 westbound land from West Patent to McLain
  • Fox Lane
  • Jingle Lane – wires down and a big tree in wires across the road
  • Orchard Lane – residents can get in and out – tree in wires

Warming and Charging Centers

  1. Courtroom in Town Offices at 321 Bedford Road, Bedford Road, BH: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  2. Bedford Village Library: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  3. Katonah Museum of Art: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  4. Bedford Hills Free Library: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  5. Katonah Village Library: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (no Wifi as of 10:30) 

Dry Ice and Water

We have good supplies of dry ice and water.

Verizon FIOS/Optimum Online


We understand that in addition to no power, there is no internet and people have had difficulty getting through to Verizon and Optimum.   Please e-mail Bea Rhodes at with phone and address (including hamlet – for example, we have a High Street in more than one hamlet.  Bea is compiling and reporting to the providers.


Our apologies, but we simply are not going to be able to get to clearing sidewalks at this time.  Once our highway crews are not needed for emergency road clearing and access, we will turn first to clearing sidewalks in front of schools and train stations. Please be patient.

Generator Needs: Propane Dealers in Bedford 

Status as of 4 PM on 3-8-18 

  1. Halstead Quinn Mt. Kisco   277-8089; Available – Priority to seniors and generators24 hour emergency phone service Check you tank; empty tanks served first
  2. Heritage Fuel    Croton Falls 666-3200     Available – Serving emptiest tanks first! Check your tank; 24 hour emergency phone service
  3. Suburban Propane           Mt. Kisco     666-5174      Available  – Serving current customers first; 24 hour emergency phone service
  4. Platinum Propane Millwood    666-2323 Available – Serving current customers


Carbon Monoxide

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 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.

To view all earlier posts, click News