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Sandy: Elected Officials Say They Empathize

Carpenter, Mottel, Lowey and Kaplowitz give video updates amid frustration over continued outages.

With frustration in New Castle over the pace of power coming back and the town government's response, elected officials took to update videos Sunday to emphasize that they care about their constituents' woes.

“We are doing everything possible, we hear everything that you say and we are on board," said Deputy Supervisor Elise Kessler Mottel in a status update video.

“We are as frustrated as you are," said County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), who district includes New Castle, in a video. Kaplowitz, in the video, explained that getting through the situation is not easy, while inviting feedback from the public

In a video, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison), blasted the pace of Con Edison's restoration efforts, citing a figure of about 68 percent of customers locally still not having power.

“What's happening here in New Castle is unacceptable," she said.

As of Sunday, there are still 32 roads in town blocked, with wires being a problem, according to a town update.

The congresswoman, in the video, explained that she is pressuing Con Edison to improve, including a conversation with its CEO. She also suggested not renewing the utility company's license if there is poor performance.

Lowey also said that she still doesn't have power at her home.

“I'm freezing with you, I get it, I understand it," he said.

Supervisor Susan Carpenter, who appeared in videos with each of her elected colleagues, said in one of them that there are four Con Edison crews in town, but that only one is locally responsible and works on reopening roads. The other three, she explained in a video, focus on restoration, particularly at polling places and schools. All schools have power back, she said in the video, while it was explained that the number of polling places without power has narrowed. Carpenter, in the video, expressed concern over whether Con Edison will continue to allow the other crews to stay in town given the restoration of its prioritized facilities.

Officials, in a video, also announced that a phyisical suggestion box will be posted at town hall, which can help those who do not have normal communications working.

Aurorahunter November 05, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Tom...I think you mean "empathize" :). Although I don't think TS Carpenter is emphasizing or empathizing. Her video "update" is embarrassing and certainly doesn't inspire confidence. I'm utterly astonished at the total lack of pre or post planning. This storm was unprecedented, but certainly not a secret. For the first time I can remember, the forecasters were exactly right about everything extremely early on. I'd love to read an article about what Ms. Carpenter and the rest of our officials did with that advance notice.
Kpa November 05, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I think that what is happening in Chappaqua and Millwood is a total disgrace. Route 100 in Millwood has not even bee touched. I don't even see crews working in any areas. I agree with previous post .. This town had ample time to prepare yet it didn't! Why are opening schools and polling sights more important than helping the people who live here, small business owners etc. I am outraged !!!!
Local Resident November 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
How about the fact that fox lane high and middle school still have no power? Ridiculous!
I. Wantomove November 05, 2012 at 12:39 PM
We live in Mt. Pleasant. Haven't had power since Monday. Town's website has NO information about power restoration and their link to ConEd's website is wrong. Joan Maybury should step down. Actually, shut the whole place down - who would notice.
Lori November 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
You have all probably read my earlier comments. Right now empathy without action is leading to contempt. Ms Carpenter and the board inexcusably relied on Con Edison, inviting their liason so sit comfortably in our town hall, while his company prevented out-of-state crews from coming to our aid sooner. Moreover, Con Edison continues to obstruct those workers from doing their job, insisting that they stop repair work at 9 pm. Yes you read that right. Ms Carpenter should resign, Mr Cuomo should take over, and the state attorney general should go into court and get a temporary restraining order against con edison forbidding them from enforcing whatever contract provision allows them to cut off work at 9 pm and enjoining them from further actions that in any way obstruct restoration of power. The court should further order that con edison employees found attempting thwart restoration be held in contempt and placed under arrest. How that for an idea?
creator November 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Well, we all get hit by Sandy. I am not complaining in this post but we are 7 days and counting without power. I am living in Chappaqua for 1.5 years. Village has 3 blackout during this period. I can project that future would not be somewhere different, but I hope for better. Talking about Chappaqua. It is great village and I love it so much. Would it be smart to consider putting our electric lines underground? So we will look like smart neighborhood, not like idiots without power. I understand that cost of the project is not small. I am sure with some effort we can get some funding from Con-Edison, state, federal and even Verizon to cover part of the project. It is local jobs as well! So the tax increase would not be that harmful? We could also set the tax item separately so it will assure that it will be gone from our bills after the loan end. It would be great to put natural gas infrastructure at the same time, since the cost of installment would not be much different but the benefits would be. It would be the great thing to be done for Chappaqua and its residents!
K Shaw November 05, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The core problem is not past or future storms, which we can NEVER control. The problem is the town has avoided trimming back overgrown trees! The town should , via eminent domain, cut and trim back trees all year long, EVERY year until trees are not able to take down our power lines. This would be less expensive than putting lines underground, which would be the best solution, but probably too controversial and costly.

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