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Greenburgh Storm Update from Con Edison

Paul Feiner forwarded the following report from Con Edison on power outages in Greenburgh:  More than 7,300 Greenburgh homes have been affected by the storm and nearly 6,900 remain without service. Restoration is slow moving and concentrated on blocked roadways, downed wires and public safety issues. Con Edison expects to make significant strides in restoring service as we supplement our workforce with crews from outside our region beginning tomorrow morning.

Con Edison expects restoration to last throughout the week. The company has been securing mutual aid from utilities in several states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Massachusetts.

Con Edison has approximately 210 restoration crews now in the field, in addition to other field support personnel clearing roads and trees. The number of restoration crews is expected to grow to 350 on Tuesday and 425 on Wednesday as more out-of-state crews arrive.

Con Edison has additional customer service representatives, electrical and construction crews, along with tree-clearing crews working around the clock to respond to customers and power outages that may occur.

Customers are urged to call Con Edison immediately to report any outages at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). Customers can also report power interruptions or service problems at www.conEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs. When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who have already reported their outage need not call Con Edison again. They will be called by Con Edison when their estimated restoration time has been established.

In the event of severe outages, primary distribution feeders are restored first, with the highest priority given to lines that supply the most customers out of service. Next, the crews restore secondary facilities, such as transformers and secondary cables, again with highest priority given to lines supplying the most customers out of service. Individual services, lines serving a single home, will be restored as crews become available.

Con Edison offers the following tips to prepare for a storm:

If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water. Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored. Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.

Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Use candles and oil lamps with care. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.

Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.

The company is maintaining close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm response as necessary.

Scarsdale Schools to Reopen Wednesday

Scarsdale Public Schools are closed today, Monday March 15 and will continue to be closed on Tuesday March 16. Officials fear that students, teachers and school personnel would have problems getting to school safely due to downed trees and power lines.  The traffic lights on the Post Road are out and the Village does not have enough personnel to man each light. As many as 70% of Village homes are still without power. In Edgemont, Edgemont High School was closed Monday due to power outages, but Seely Place and Greenville Elementary Schools are open. As soon as we have information from Edgemont about Tuesday we will post it.

Thanks for all of your photos and storm updates. Please continue to add them in the comments section below or by emailing scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.

A Busy Week for Burglars

Thieves and vandals were at work this past week.  Police advice residents to keep doors and windows locked, activate your burglar alarm and lock the cars in your driveway. Vandals broke the glass on a back door at a home on Palmer Road and entered it on March 4. All the bedrooms, dressers and closets were tossed and the contents were strewn about. The suspects took a pillowcase from the master bedroom, presumably to use to hold items they wished to take. Missing were $3,000 in cash, the title to the house, a credit card, a briefcase and a Dell laptop computer. From the footprints, it appeared that the suspects entered and left the residence by the back door.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at a Brookby Road on the night of 3/6 and found a garage window that appeared to have been pried open and an open door from the garage to the house. The interior burglar alarm had been ripped off the wall, and in the second floor master bedroom, closets, dressers, an armoire, nightstands and a jewelry box had been tossed. A drawer from the armoire had been pulled out and left on the bed with cash still inside it. A pillow, with the case removed was lying on the floor. A list of missing items is not available as the owners were away.

Attempted Burglaries: a Springdale Road woman reported that someone had tried to break into her home sometime between 5:50 pm and 7:40 pm on March 2. The screen had been removed from a kitchen window at the rear of the house and the window was broken. In addition, someone had attempted to kick in the front door where a smudged boot print was visible. Fortunately the house was not entered.

On the night of March 3, another Springdale Road man called to report that the side and rear doors of his home had been tampered with though no one appeared to have entered the house.

Larcenies: Hesta Fortgang of White Plains was working as the cashier at a tag sale at a Paddington Road home on 3/6 where she reported that her handbag was stolen. She claimed that her bag contained $10,000 in cash as well as other personal items. The police report did not state whether these funds were the proceeds of the sale, or if the woman just carried a lot of cash!

A Scarsdale woman left her Louis Vuitton purse in a meeting room at the Church of the Latter Day Saints on the afternoon of 3/7. When she returned two hours later her purse and all of its contents were gone. She searched the entire building and outside property but could not find it. Police called her cell phone, which was in the purse, but no one picked up. Missing were the bag, valued at $800 plus her $250 wallet, cell phone, Raybans, credit cards, license and checkbook.

On Elm Road, a G.P.S. device valued at $125 was taken out of a 2008 Honda that was parked in the driveway sometime between 3/3 and 3/6.

Lost
: A disoriented man turned up at the door of a Walworth Road home on the afternoon of 3/7 and said he was lost. The Walworth resident called police who determined that the man lived on Colvin Road and drove him home. His wife said that he often gets disoriented but carries an I.D. and asks for help.

Found:
A man walking his dog on Parkfield Road on March 1 found a Chase Visa Check Card on the street. A Croton yellow woman’s watch was found at a bank on Chase Road and turned over to police on 3/7.

Grand Larceny:
Someone attempted to charge $827.41 in online purchases to the credit card of a Lawrence Road man on or about February 15. Both transactions were denied.

Harassment: A Brookby Road woman received an obscene phone call early in the morning of March 5. She described the caller as a man with a deep voice who spoke in a whisper.

An employee of Sophia’s Nails came to police headquarters on 3/3 to report that her ex-boyfriend, a White Plains man, was harassing her at work. She wanted him to stop calling her.

Assistance: A Carthage Road man called police to help regulate traffic in front of his home. News trucks and the press had gathered there to report on the death of his wife and the man wanted the press to stay off of his property.

Inappropriate:
A Carthage Road woman called police to report that a bearded man, wearing headphones and a gray sweatshirt, was seen urinating on Carthage Road. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the man.

Smoking: Police were called to break up a group youths who were smoking in the enclosed pedestrian walkway over the Scarsdale train station and causing it to fill up with smoke.

A Knock at the Door: At noon on 3/6 a Black Birch Road woman called police to say that a man had knocked on her door and claimed to be doing a survey for the Department of Labor on “renters vs. owners”. The resident let him in and he asked her a few questions and then left in a red sedan. The only i.d. he displayed was a business card. The woman asked that police keep an eye on her home.

Suspicious Shopper: The store manager of Sam Lehr Jewelry summoned police around noon on 3/6 to say that a Hispanic male had entered the store several times that day and approached the case that held the diamond rings. The same man was also seen driving his Nissan Maxima slowly by the store while looking into the store windows.

Cars and Traffic: Village sanitation worker Eugene Pomphrey of Bronxville was driving the sanitation pickup vehicle when he ran into a parked car on Fountain Terrace on Monday 3/1. There were no injuries or damage to the car.

Corinne Buckley of Wappinger Falls reported that her 2008 Honda was hit while it was parked at Scarsdale High School on March 4.

Christopher Dean of Carthage Road parked his car on Overlook Road on the morning of 3/5 and returned to find that it had been damaged during the day.

A Gorham Road woman, driving a 2004 BMW ran into a 2009 Nissan parked on Montrose Road on March 5. Her car was damaged and was towed by R and D towing to the Heathcote Gulf Station.

A car backing out of a space in the parking lot at 2 Murray Hill Road hit another car parked in the lot on Sunday afternoon 3/7.

Pothole: the driver of a 2010 Mercedes-Benz called police on 3/6 to say that she drove into a pothole in front of 165 Mamaroneck Road and now had a flat tire. Police notified the highway department about the pothole and placed cones around it to prevent others from driving through it.

Flashing Light: the traffic light at the intersection of Post Road and Crane road was not working properly on March 1 at 4 pm. Electricians were unable to fix it so police monitored the intersection to regulate traffic until the necessary parts could be secured.

Interpreter Needed: Tuckahoe Police stopped a driver for a traffic offence at 1:37 am on 3/3 but were unable to communicate with him due to a language barrier. They called the Scarsdale Police to interpret and translate while the Tuckahoe Police charged Israel Pavo Moran of the Bronx with the violation.

Comprehensive Village Plan Approved

The Scarsdale Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 9th and at long last the Village Center Component of the Comprehensive Plan was approved. The plan has been in the works for two and a half years and many factions of the community provided input and contributed to the result.

Two Planning Boards, Village Planner Elizabeth Marrinan, the Conservation Advisory Council, The League of Women Voters, Scarsdale Friends of the Parks, the neighborhood associations, the TVCC plus shoppers, brokers, property owners, retailers and concerned citizens all provided input during the planning process.

The resulting plan closely examines three key opportunity sites; Spencer/Christie Place, Scarsdale Avenue and Freightway where development could occur. For each area the plan describes existing conditions, opportunities, planning options and recommendations.

The plan does not make zoning changes or provide specific plans for development. It is meant to give the village a framework to make planning decisions as they arise.

Before the voting took place, the Mayor, trustees and attendees were given the chance to comment on the plan and the process. Mayor Stevens thanked all involved for their hard work and long hours spent formulating a plan that addresses the concerns of the community. She reminded the public that the purpose of the plan was to provide guidance for future planning and provide trade-offs for improvements downtown while protecting the scale and character of the village.

Mr. Pullman, representing the Overhill Association thanked the Board for listening, respecting member views and for amending the plan to meet their concerns. The Board had made revisions to the plan in February and March 2010 to address Overhill resident's comments about permissible building heights on Scarsdale Avenue. He said, “Overhill residents are still concerned and will always be concerned” as their properties border the Village. Trustee Lindsay echoed the Mayor’s thanks to the community, saying that the plan “is a sound document because you all cared.”

Trustee Flisser was not as positive about the plan or the process. She commented that the plan “started with a flawed premise” and provided urban solutions for a suburban landscape. The initial survey was given to only 70 passengers on Metro North and was not reflective of the views of the community at large. She reminded the group that the original plan called for building over the train tracks and constructing housing where there were no services to support residents. The original planners neglected to maintain Scarsdale as a “village in a park.”

From there, the process improved as a second survey was done and caring residents spoke up. The plan grew to incorporate the sentiments of tree-lovers and homeowners and ideals for “green development.” She ended by encouraging residents to speak up and by assuring them that “the people they elected will listen.”

Trustee Dan Hochvert said that a great deal of thought had been put into the plan and that it should serve as a reminder for future boards that mass building is not desirable. He also felt that building height limitations should be noted in feet, not in the grade above sea level.

Ending the comments section, the Mayor said, “I do appreciate the conversation”. Trustee Lindsay read aloud the resolution to adopt the SEQRA findings, and the Resolution to adopt the Village Center Component of the Comprehensive Plan and both were approved unanimously.

In an earlier discussion of the Village Budget, the Mayor announced that she anticipated a 5.96% increase in the Village Budget for fiscal year 2010-2011, which would mean an average increase of $296 per household. She cited declining Village revenues and said that any further cuts to the bare bones budget would impact services.

Bob Harrison spoke about financially stressed families and the decrease in real estate values and called for a 4% increase in the budget. He asked for cuts to the library budget and the funds for road repairs suggesting we use the hot patch machine to temporarily fill potholes until the economy improves. The Mayor replied that the Village gets many complaints about potholes and that failure to repave the roads would impact safety.

In other news, the Mayor invited the community to attend a ceremony at Village Hall on March 29th at 2 PM to honor former Mayor Walter Handelman and his wife Judy who both gave years of service to the Village. The Handelman family will donate a sculpture called “Yearning” by Aris Demetrios in honor of their memory.

Site Plan for the Five Corners

Wondering what’s going up at the Five Corners? At the site of the Citgo Station on Palmer Avenue, shown here, developers plan to build a two- story retail building with 5,500 square feet of space on two above ground levels and two below ground levels of parking.

Since the relatively narrow entrance to the below-grade garage cannot accommodate large trucks, the plan includes a loading dock on the shoulder of Heathcote Road. The cut for the loading area is in the public right-of-way next to a fire hydrant. Members of the Heathcote Five Corners Coalition want to alert residents that trucks in the loading zone could block the sight line for cars on Heathcote Road. They are also asking for clarification on how many trucks will be permitted to park there at one time and what the permitted hours for deliveries will be. The site plan for the proposed building is shown below.

The Heathcote Five Corners Coalition wants residents to know that they are not opposed to progress, but do feel strongly that the character of the neighborhood should be preserved and safety should be ensured for the residents of Scarsdale.

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