CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Cortlandt could have to wait until between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 for restoration of power, town officials said after a conference call with Con Edison Wednesday.
Town officials say they are keeping the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center at 29 Westbrook Drive open as a shelter and charging center indefinitely. Food and water is being provided. There are 25 people staying at the shelter as of Wednesday.
Officials say they are expecting the number of people in the center to rise as a cold spell hits Cortlandt over the weekend. By Saturday evening, the National Weather Service predicts the temperatures will dip into the 30s, with a 30 percent chance of snow for Nov. 5.
The Hendrick Hudson School District will not open Thursday, said Superintendent Brian Monahan. He added there are 76 town roads, or 23 percent, blocked, therefore it’s unlikely roads will be safe enough to deploy school buses by Friday.
Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said, “Town crews can’t clear roads of fallen trees and power lines until Con Edison crews are on the scene to confirm power lines are not live.”
Cortlandt Town Hall is being opened as a charging station and wireless hotspot from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
People clogged Barnes and Noble’s wireless Internet at Cortlandt Town Center on Wednesday; nearly everyone had an open laptop. Umami Cafe in Croton also has wireless Internet.
Many common town wireless spots are without Internet, and Black Cow in Croton is without power. Peekskill Coffee house has power but did not have WiFi as of Tuesday. Panera Bread in Cortlandt Town Center did not have WiFi as of Wednesday, but has power.