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Greetings, everyone: I hope everyone is getting through both the Covid-19 Pandemicand the mess resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias OK. Right now, as of 11:26am, 8-8-2020, Saturday, 50,000 ConEd Customers are still without power. My advice remains the same: please have your computer physically unplugged from the wall and/or power strip while the power is still out (I’m assumingyou’re reading this on a smartphone, or a borrowed computer).
The upsurge from power restoration can destroy a computer or monitor.
For some reason, routers, modems and printers usually don’t suffer this fate, but feel free to have those unplugged, too.
Keep in mind that utility poles often carry more than just power.If a pole and or its wires have been destroyed or compromised by a fallen tree, removing it means de-energizing the power lines, and inflicting a temporary outage on other services carried by those wires.
Also keep in mind that from the chatter I’m “overhearing” on community-oriented social media, FIOS has suffered far fewer outages than Optimum/Cablevision,and due to their deployment of far more repair trucks, has restored service more quickly.
Feel free to contact me with storm-related recovery (or any other) questions. Be safe… be well. Sincerely, Aaron Woodin
WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick, Democratic Nominee for Assembly District 93 -WHITE PLAINS-HARRISON-BEDFORD:
6:30 PM 8-7-20 UpdateTropical Storm Isaias and Power Outages
Update on Restoration; Opening RoadsClosed Roads/Single Lane RoadsSignificantly reduced the number of blocked streets (meaning totally blocked) from 42 to 2: Holly Branch and Tarleton (both NYSEG service area). If your road is still closed please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Con Edison Customers Without Power Every day since power was knocked out, I have requested a crew to restore power to the 590 Con Edison customers in Bedford without power. I bring it up time and time again but to no avail.
I was told earlier this evening by a pleasant gentleman at the Con Edison “municipal desk” that he can’t “put in a general ticket” for the entire town for service restoration. It only can be done one address at a time. I don’t blame the fellow who answered the call, but I find this policy unfathomable and infuriating.
So let’s see what we can do collectively. I am going to ask that collectively we inundate Con Edison with “tickets” to restore service. This is done by reporting an outage – if you haven’t already done so.
There are two ways to report the outage:Call 1-800-752-6633 or go online at https://www.coned.com/en/services-and-outages/report-track-service-issue/report-outage-status. Please see if you can get a confirmation and e-mail it to Timothy Parker at email@example.com I can’t tell you whether this will work, but I think we need to give it a try. Thanks for your continued patience and understanding – we here at the Town are doing everything we can to get your service restored. NYSEG is reporting on its outage list 2843 of 6685 customers without power, though we know there continue to be streets which were erroneously de-listed.At peak over 6200 were without power, and I do know that a good number of streets have been restored. NYSEG estimates on power restorations
By 8:00 PM tonight 101
9:00 PM tonight an additional 1062
By 10 PM an additional 46
By 11 PM an additional 5
Critical facilities (e.g., senior housing, police station, water filtration plant all has been or should be restored tonight). Con Edison is reporting 595 of 1053 customers without service.The estimated time of restoration keeps getting pushed into the future, so I’m no longer going to list it since it is so unreliable. Both utilities should have done far better. I find Con Edison’s response to the storm especially outrageous. Workplace, Internet and Charging FacilitiesWe have the courtroom open as a workplace, internet and charging facility. Additionally, wifi is accessible outside in the lobby. As noted previously, space is limited due to social distancing and you must wear a facemask or will be asked to leave.
WPCNR CORONA VIRUS REPORT.From the Governor’s Press Office. August 8, 2020:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.
“Despite increasing infection rates across the country and in our region, we continue to see our numbers hold at low levels, all thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers to change their behavior and our data-driven, phased reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “While our numbers remain low and steady, this is not the time to get complacent — we must focus on protecting our hard-won progress now. Remember, wear your mask, socially distance and above all, stay New York Tough.”
Today’s data is summarized briefly below:
Patient Hospitalization – 573 (-6)
Patients Newly Admitted – 84
Hospital Counties – 29
Number ICU – 133 (-6)
Number ICU with Intubation – 64 (-2)
Total Discharges – 73,609 (+79)
Deaths – 5
Total Deaths – 25,195
Of the 74,857 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 703, or 0.93 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
Central New York
New York City
Western New York
The Governor also confirmed 703 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 420,345 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 420,345 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
Yesterday, there were 5 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,195. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:
In recent years there been a number of power outages in our area. Many residents have experienced significant outages for many days after each storm.
After each storm the same thing happens. Con Ed holds daily conference calls with municipal officials and lawmakers. Elected officials always criticize Con Ed. Then there are investigations and hearings. And we are told it won’t happen again.
And, it does -during the next major storm.
The problem- as I see it – is Con Ed is short staffed – doesn’t have adequate crews. It takes days after a major storm for Con Ed to get the crews they need to restore everyone’s power. And usually a week or more to get everyone who lost power back with their service.
We all know that Con Ed was unprepared for this storm. We all know that the problem was that Con Ed did not have adequate crews to quickly restore power.
They should have had outside contractors in place before the storm. They should have hired the crews before the storm. Many of us have seen few Con Ed crews since the storm.
The NYS Legislature should provide the Governor with emergency authority. His office should be given the ability to hire crews to respond to anticipated storms in the event that Con Ed does not –in advance of storms.
Con Ed should be required to provide the Governor with hiring plans prior to any anticipated storm. If the Governor doesn’t approve of the plans he or she should have the ability to override Con Ed and to hire outside contractors –who would be paid by Con Ed.
I asked Con Ed officials if residents will get reimbursed for damaged food. They indicated people should complete a claim form on the Con Ed website. They said that after the last storm and people were denied. I think the State Legislature should mandate that Con Ed reimburse for damaged food after a storm.
WPCNR MEDIA MAYHEM. By John F. Bailey. August 7, 2020:
ALTICE CABLEVISION restored internet, phone and cable programming by Saturday morning to the North Street corridor after marathon repair to a Optimum trunk line on Bryant Avenue yesterday after four days of the neighborhood having no phone, internet, or cable programming from the company, due to a tree falling during Tropical Storm Isaias Tuesday.
Bryant Avenue was the Optimum repair epicenter (between Mamaroneck Avenue and North Street), a utility-vulnerable area with a history of being taken out by trees falling on key wiring during every “bad storm” as utility companies call them.
Optimum repair crews and trucks an tree clearing experts were hard pressed to repair the latest “tree takeout” outages by tropical storm Isaias media and communication services lasting approximately 48 hours , affecting both sides of North Street from I 287 to the southern White Plains border with Harrison, and extending across into Gedney Farms, according to persons WPCNR has talked to.
The option for residents to communicate with city police and officials and relatives was cellphone, if you had one.
Oddly, electricity was not cut off to some residents along North Street by the Bryant Avenue damage. Sources say the Optimum “Out” extended into Gedney Farms and the Highlands.
Reference to the “media outage” was not mentioned by the City of White Plains in its phone report Wednesday evening. City officials did not respond to WPCNR cellphone calls inquiring about what areas of of the city were affected by the media “Optimum Out,” and what the cause of the blackout was. (Altice Cablevision Optimum is a City of White Plains cable franchise.Fios is also a franchisee, but Optimum has the largest number of subscribers, approximately 14,000. Fios has approximately 6,000.)
WPCNR calls to the Communications Department of Westchester County, asking where in the county Optimum was out of service and the cause of the outage were not responded to. Perhaps they will today after four days. The problem was, if you could not see tv, you could not see any news or news conferences, the county televised, on any channel.
Residents calling Optimum service call numbers were met with recorded prompts and waits for representatives that did not end (blamed on “high volume of calls”), WPCNR spent 45 minutes (twice) waiting for a customer representative. One recorded update by Optimum was heard Wednesday evening by WPCNR, but gave no details on when Optimum service might be restored.
Newspapers and media appeared to ignore reporting the widespread Optimum outage which covered New Jersey, NY, Connecticut.
Optimum blamed the service outage restoration delay on streets needing to be cleared in their lone recorded taped direct reference.
Isiah Tropical storm conditions likely in White Plains and Westchester County today. . Becoming windy with thunderstorms likely. Rainfall will be heavy at times. High 77F. SE winds at 10 to 20 mph, increasing to 25 to 40 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected. WPCNR advises stowing lawn deck and balcony furniture in expectation of wind gusts towards evening.
The Westchester Business Journal in an article by reporter Peter Katz, announced this morning another proposed apartment project aimed for White Plains New York USA, joining a lineup of approximate 6 already approved but not built projects.
BRP Companies is about to submit a proposal for a 7 story 296 apartment complex to be built on a lot bordered by Haarlem Ave., Glenn St., and Holland Ave opposite the Metro North North White Plains Railroad Station The price of the property was shown as having been $10.5 million in county records.
Representatives of BRP plan to submit a site plan and begin construction in the spring of 2021.
The site was acquired for the price of $10.5 Million according to County records, the Business Journal said. The property was marketed by CB Richard Ellis.
BRP has 16 completed residential projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Philadelphia, West Baltimore and Newark in the Business Journal profile of the company, and is involved in 8 others, including two in New Rochelle.
Many voters complained during the June primary that they did not receive absentee ballots in a timely manner after they submitted the requests. And, other voters worry that the postal service may lose the absentee ballots in the mail -depriving voters of their right to vote. Or, that the ballots arrive after the deadline passed. Our postal service is not very reliable – many letters are lost, sent to the wrong address.
Inasmuch as we can’t count on the Postal Service to send ballots to the right address in time and since voting by mail is important and we want to encourage maximum participation, I have a suggestion: The Board of Elections should place a secure and safe box (similar to a mail box) at each Town, Village and City Hall. If voters don’t trust the post office- voters could drop off their ballots at the municipal building. If people apply for a ballot and do not receive one before the primary each municipal building should have extra ballots that the voter can obtain and send in.
During the recent primary contest the Board of Elections assumed the cost of the postage. The cost of my suggestion would be offset by reduced postage costs. In addition, most municipal buildings have video camera’s for security purposes so these boxes would be placed at safe locations- unlikely to be tampered with.
This recommendation, if followed, will increase voter participation and help make sure that everyone who wants to vote actually does vote. In June – in one legislative district in Brooklyn, about 20% of the ballots cast by absentee ballot were thrown out. Other states that have mail in ballots also don’t count ballots that arrive too late.