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Update from Orangetown Town Hall - Andy Stewart

Update from Town Hall on communication with O&R, elections, town services, etc.

"SANDY" UPDATE FROM Orangetown TOWN HALL - as of 11-1-12 at 1:39 PM)

ORANGE AND ROCKLAND

I was in a room this morning, Thursday, with all town supervisors, highway dept superintendents and our state reps, all hammering on O&R for better cooperation around recovery effort on local roads. For obvious reasons, O&R prioritizes getting their main transmission lines up and running, but our highway dept  CANNOT  TOUCH a tree that is tangled in overhead wires until an O&R technician secures the wire and confirms the tree is not energized. So we have dozens of highway workers waiting to tackle trees.

As a result of our demands, O&R is now accepting lists of tree/wire road closures from each town (sounds like common sense, right?), and O&R will seek to follow Town guidance on prioritizing tree work that does not involve complex work on transformers or repairing utility poles, ie, prioritize the simple and fast fixes that will enable the Town to open the maximum number of roads as quickly as possible. Work continues through the night tonight.

O&R has crews in Orangetown, especially in the Sparkill area this morning. With each passing hour more customers have their service back.

  • Every substation is back up.
  • O&R is not providing any timeframe for restoration of power to any officials or customers. Their original estimate was “10-15 days”
  • Of 14,000 customers who lost power in Orangetown, 11,000 still do not have power.
  • 112,000 in Rockland County lost power, 67,000 still don’t have power.
  • 43 Orangetown Town Rds are closed and many must await O&R technicians before Town highway can remove trees.
  • Crews from all over the USA are working in Rockland with more on the way.
  • O&R cooperated with Town EMS to get radio base on Clausland Mtn up and running
  • Many traffic signals are still not working, but the main roads are clear for the most part.
  • Please report all electrical emergencies to 845-434-4100 or http://www.oru.com

TOWN SERVICES:

Town Hall is operational with a comfort station, guest wireless service and powerstrips to recharge phones and computers and medical equipment. Hours are 7 AM - 9 PM Friday, and 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, as space is available.

Public meeting tonight at Town Hall - 7 PM for police commission and budget review; 6 PM for general Q&A on storm, budget or other matters. We are working toward a state deadline to complete town budget for 2013. There will be a budget hearing on Nov. 7 at 8 PM.

Please report any safety hazards to theTown Police at 845-359-3700

HALLOWEEN:

The Town is recommending extreme caution when leaving the house after dark due to lack of lighting and existence of downed wires that may be "live" with potential for fatalities. The Town does not endorse Trick or Treating activity at this time.

ELECTIONS:

Voting machines have arrived in Town Hall from the County, and elections have not been canceled. However, it is unclear at this time which polling places will be open.

SCHOOLS:

Closed Friday, not clear when re-opening.

SHELTER:

RCC fieldhouse has showers and overnight sleeping facilities and is “pet friendly”

We have weathered Hurricane Sandy.  Our Police and Highway crews are out working to maintain public safety and clear our roads.  We continue to urge our residents to stay off the streets and stay indoors as much as possible.

Further notifications: Sign up for NY Alerts (www.nyalert.gov), a system that offers phone, text message and email notifications for severe weather. Checkwww.orangetown.com for updates from Town Hall.

Please forward this notice to Orangetown residents.

Sincerely yours,

Andy Stewart

Supervisor

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Mike November 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
For those of us with power, how can we best help the Town and other neighbors? We are obviously reaching out to those we know who are effected, but is there something else you suggest from us in terms concrete help?
Sydney Smith November 01, 2012 at 08:36 PM
We have no power! When we see what has happened to so many families, we know having no power is something we can live with. God bless all of those people who lost everything they owned. "Yes we can live with out power"
mr bojangles November 02, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I appreciate all comments and the gracious offerings from friends family and neighbors....It solidified the sense of community that we all feel here... however...if there is no power in the areas with downed trees why would the trees be electrified ?and why was an o and r truck with employee. parked in front of a downed tree on blauvelt rd the Entire Day? He sat there staring at it while the road remained closed and left his truck only for a coffee. No highway employees in the area.It does seem that our area is very low on the priority list. Friends in montclair have had trees removed and power restored all within 72 hrs.
C November 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
The tree on Blauvelt is being removed but no work is being done on the lines/poles per the workers taking the remains of the tree away.

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