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Briarcliff Manor Village Manager's Update: Wednesday

Philip Zegarelli says Briarcliff Manor is preparing for the Nor'easter.

The following is from Briarcliff Manor Village Manager Philip Zegarelli:

1. Power Restoration: Village outages are down to about 30% as neighborhood areas are restored; occurring only after “secondary” lines are reconnected. The Primary lines are the 3-phase (3 separate lines often at the top of the pole) which carries 13 KWatts (13,000 watts). These cables are largely reconnected…we understand that only a few remain down. Primaries bring the power while the Secondary lines run under the primaries and supply power to your individual street and/or home. Yes, you may have seen the utility workers restore the primary power, but if the secondary lines are damaged, they have to be repaired or replaced before you have power. Unfortunately that is why some of your neighbors may have power but you do not. There are still stubborn areas: those areas that may have a combination of primary and secondary lines down, poles snapped and transformers damaged…all requiring multiple specialty crews to reconnect you. We are trying to nail down more utility crews (we have 7 restoration teams including 16 bucket trucks) as well as exact Power Restoration ETAs and will share them as soon as we are told.

2. Storm Update: watch for the latest weather advisories regarding the forecasted nor’easter due later today and dragging into tomorrow. Weather updates are constantly changing. The DPW is prepared for response. Check your batteries and other back-up gear. But…it you lose power, you must call Con Ed at 1-800-75-CON ED.  

3. Opening Roads and Clean-Up: while some road entries are blocked, we have no reports of areas “boxed” in with no ingress or egress. Call the VBM PD at 941-2130 if we are not correct. We are holding to ongoing regular garbage/recycling schedules as best as possible. Storm debris clean-up is secondary to power restoration: please hold off calling DPW asking for debris pick-ups until next week. Our DPW crews will be working this weekend and Monday, Veterans Day. Questions: Call DPW at 941-9105.

  • Hard-Wired Generators require village permits - Call the VBM Building Department at 944-2770.
  • Library and Community Center - weather permitting - open from 10 AM to 10 PM.  
Chen Dongnan November 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
We are producing an investigative TV piece on ny electricity system. Will drive up to Westchester this Friday to do some filming. We know it's a terrible experience for you and we hope to document that and hear what residents say about the outage (there are lots of important comments from you on this site and please talk to us about that!). Please do send an email if you're willing to meet us. nanchen1895@yahoo.com
David Leibowitz November 08, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Tuesday I met a con ed employee who was suprised at the extent of the outages in the Law Rd area. The con ed web site shows one customer without power. Why hasn't the village manager reported the extent of the outage to con ed. There is no excuse at this late stage of the restoration to be unaware of the condition of every area in our community. I now know why I could not get adifinitve schedule of repairs. DEL
Sarah Studley November 08, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I've heard some residents say their reports aren't being processed by Con Edison until they both call AND use the website to report outages: https://apps2.coned.com/csol/reportoutage.asp and 800-75-CONED. It's worth a try if you haven't done both already.
Arthur Vecchiotti November 08, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It's bot going fast enough - how about Alder Drive and Butternut?????
Werner Obermeyer November 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Saw two ConEd vehicles on Pine Road (still without power) this morning, miracles do happen! Has anyone else heard that their unions refused access to out of state crews in NY? And that they did not want to work with such crews in NJ? Congrats to the village DPW for getting the roads passable overnight.

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