CORTLANDT, N.Y. ‒ Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi is urging residents to remain indoors as much as possible. She added that as of Thursday, the town is still in a state of emergency.
Cortlandt Town officials say Con Edison estimates full power will be restored to the town by Friday, Nov. 9. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Con Edison reported 4,399 customers of the 12,295 the utility serves in town were without power.
In the Village of Buchanan, Con Edison reported 277 customers without power of the 1,010 Con Edison serves. Countywide, 166,000 customers were without power as of Thursday morning.
Puglisi said 122 schools were without power countywide, including four in Cortlandt in the Lakeland and Hendrick Hudson School Districts.
"I am constantly telling them this is a priority," Puglisi said in a press release Thursday.
In the same release, Puglisi said of the 200 crews working in Westchester's 43 municipalities, two are in Cortlandt. "Cortlandt is one of the largest, and I said we need to have more than two crews in our community," Puglisi said in the release.
"Con Ed is still in the process of bringing in outside restoration crews from as far away as Alabama, California and Maryland. I told them this operation should have occurred over the weekend, not after the storm," Puglisi said.
In the town, 70 roads remained blocked, down from 76 on Wednesday. Puglisi said crews can remove trees only after Con Edison certifies that power lines are not live.
Town offices are open for business, and Cortlandt Town Hall has opened Conference Room 1 as a WiFi hotspot and charging station for portable electronics. Garbage pickup is on regular schedule.
The town shelter at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, 1 Westbrook Drive, is open and serving three meals per day and water. Cots and blankets are available and 30 people staying in the shelter.
"Once again, we are all doing everything we can to help our town and its residents. Unfortunately, as always, we have to wait for Con Edison to take care of the lines and the wires. We will get through this storm disaster together," wrote Puglisi.