BEDFORD SUPERVISOR FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE ON UPCOUNTY OUTAGES

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 Roads Significantly 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 tparker@bedfordny.gov


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 tparker@bedfordny.gov  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 Facilities   We 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. 

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GOVERNOR CUOMO: CORONA VIRUS CONTAINMENT CONTINUES STEADY AND SUCCESSFUL

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:

REGIONWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Capital Region0.8%0.7%0.9%
Central New York0.6%0.8%0.8%
Finger Lakes0.7%0.8%0.8%
Long Island1.0%0.9%0.9%
Mid-Hudson1.0%0.7%0.7%
Mohawk Valley1.5%0.9%0.9%
New York City1.1%1.1%1.1%
North Country0.4%0.2%0.2%
Southern Tier0.5%1.2%1.2%
Western New York0.9%1.7%1.7%

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:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany2,5818
Allegany790
Broome1,1205
Cattaraugus1651
Cayuga1510
Chautauqua2534
Chemung1713
Chenango2150
Clinton1270
Columbia5394
Cortland950
Delaware1051
Dutchess4,60011
Erie8,85059
Essex550
Franklin540
Fulton2952
Genesee2770
Greene2910
Hamilton80
Herkimer2733
Jefferson1400
Lewis412
Livingston1762
Madison4120
Monroe4,92221
Montgomery1722
Nassau43,62848
Niagara1,4943
NYC227,584326
Oneida2,14213
Onondaga3,5659
Ontario3570
Orange11,15627
Orleans2981
Oswego2532
Otsego1160
Putnam1,4471
Rensselaer7612
Rockland13,93611
Saratoga7553
Schenectady1,0583
Schoharie690
Schuyler220
Seneca892
St. Lawrence2630
Steuben2981
Suffolk43,74968
Sullivan1,4880
Tioga1930
Tompkins2341
Ulster2,0578
Warren3081
Washington2571
Wayne2490
Westchester36,18044
Wyoming1160
Yates560

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:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Bronx1
Kings1
Manhattan1
Queens1
Rensselaer1
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FEINER ON UTILITY RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. AUGUST 8, 2020:

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.

PAUL FEINER

GREENBURGH TOWN SUPERVISOR

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE AUG 7 EDITION: DEJA VUE ALL OVER AGAIN. THE ISAIAS EDITION. WHAT HAPPENED, WHERE THE MEDIA WENT, AND HERE WE GO AGAIN. SAME OLD PERFORMANCE BY THE UTILITIES. EVERY STORM IS “A BAD STORM.” NOW AT www.wpcommunitymedia.org

JOHN BAILEY
JIM BENEROFE

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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS EXPOSES WESTCHESTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE

HALF OF WHITE PLAINS LOSES TELEPHONE, TV AND INTERNET AND NOBODY TELLS US

AMERICA WE HAVE A BIG COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM

MASSIVE TELEPHONE, CABLE, INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE IN THE NORTHEAST COUNTY AND CITY DO NOT PROVIDE DETAILS

THE USUAL UTILITY PERFORMANCE: “IT’S A BAD STORM.”

NO OFFICIALS SAY A WORD

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OPTIMUM RESTORES PHONE, TV AND INTERNET Saturday Morning TO WHITE PLAINS NORTH STREET CORRIDOR AFTER MARATHON REPLACEMENT OF DOWNED “ALL-SERVICE” LINE ON BRYANT AVE. AFTER 4-DAY TOTAL OUTAGE, BRINGING MAJOR NEIGHBORHOOD BACK TO INTERNET WORLD

OPTIMUM SERVICE TRUCK REPLACING KEY CABLE LINE FRIDAY ON BRYANT AVENUE

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.

If you did not have a cellphone you could not call police, fire, or anybody on the North Street Coridor since Tuesday 4 PM when Optimum went down.

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.

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IsaiasTropical Storm to Produce Rainy Gusty Conditions Today in the Great Northeast

Isaias coastal flooding in Mrytle Beach, South Carolina Last night. A car plows through flooded standing water. Avoid hitting standing water at high speed.
The hurricane from space lashing the South Carolina North Carolinas last night.

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.

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New 296 Apartments to be Proposed for North White Plains Metro North Station

WPCNR REALTY REPORT. August 3, 2020:

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.

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How to Get Those Absentee Ballots Out in November

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. August 2, 2020:


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.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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THE KING OF THE PLANETS

PHOTOGRAPH OF THE NIGHT: JUPITER, KING OF THE PLANETS MADE ITS ANNUAL APPEARANCE IN THE SUMMER SKIES AT THE RISING OF THE FULL MOON. HIS MAJESTY JUPITER IS THE LUMINUS BRIGHT BECKONING LIGHT ABOVE THE FULL MOON.
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THE WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS DRAFT REOPENING PLAN SENT TO ALBANY

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. August 1, 2020:

The White Plains School District filed its proposed 91-page reopening of schools plan Friday with the Governor’s Office as required, ontime, comprehensive and staggering in its breadth and detail. The plan was based on a complex 80 question survey of parents and stakeholders, and was hammered out in a month of intensive meetings of staff administration and community stake holders, in a decision making process that is unprecedented. As in the School District response to the Governor’s requirement to conduct classes on line when the schools were closed at the outset of the Covid-19 epidemic, when the district devised an online learning process in 48 hours, the district has once again come through with an efficiency and team effort that is evident in the report.

The plan was posted on the school district website, and you may review it here:

https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/cms/lib/NY01000029/Centricity/Domain/2450/WPCSD%20COVID-19%20Reopening%20Plan%20DRAFT%201%20Posted%207-31-20.pdf

The plan as previously described to WPCNR last week by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Ricca follows the plan ourline Dr. Ricca described in this interview:

Dr. Joseph Ricca’s interview describing basically how the plan will work. Previously recorded two weeks ago for WPCNR
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