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Storm Cleanup Continues as Yorktown Prepares for More Snow

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An uprooted tree blocks Baldwin Road. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Both tonight's Town Board meeting and tomorrow's Town Hall meeting are canceled, Supervisor Ilan Gilbert told Yorktown News.

• The National Weather Service's latest prediction is 10-19 inches of snow, beginning early Wednesday. Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli said Con Edison and NYSEG have not removed all of its power lines from the roadways. Paganelli said snow is expected to fall at a rate of 2-3 inches an hour, and his crews will plow over the wires if necessary: “We will not let wires stand in the way of taking care of our roads.”

• On Monday, County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said he and other elected officials “stormed” the NYSEG office in Brewster to demand answers. During the meeting, he said, he learned that NYSEG crews were not working overnight and the company “hoped” to restore power by Wednesday. “Hope is not a plan,” Kaplowitz said.

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• Supervisor Gilbert is also frustrated by the response from Con Edison and NYSEG: “I believe that they dropped the ball on this storm. They were woefully unprepared in the number of crews they had ready to go at the outset... They needed sufficient numbers to begin and they did not have them.”

• Con Edison is distributing dry ice today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kmart Shopping Center, 355 Downing Drive.

• As of 11:15 a.m., 6,749 homes and businesses (46 percent) remain without power, according to information provided by Con Edison and NYSEG, the town’s two energy providers.

• From the Lakeland Central School District: “Con Edison got our last three schools up during the night. Ben Franklin, Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School and Thomas Jefferson had been without power. We also opened Copper Beech until 6 p.m. today if anyone needs to charge devices or get warm. The cafeteria will be opened at the school. Friday, March 9, [previously a] Superintendent's Conference Day, is now regular day of school for students and staff. We have now exhausted our allotted snow days and have decided to make Friday's (March 9) Superintendent's Conference Day a regular day of school for students and staff. In addition, Tuesday, May 29 will also now be a student attendance day.  We are currently meeting about tomorrow's impending major winter storm and hope to have a decision about school later today.”

Additional storm updates will be posted on TapIntoYorktown.net and on Facebook.

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