LIGHT AT END OF TUNNEL?
Consolidated Edison reported Saturday afternoon that about 6,250 of its 348,000 customers in the county were still without power. That included more than 500 customers each in the municipalities of Cortlandt, Greenburgh, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, Rye, Yonkers and White Plains. The utility predicted all customers would have power by the end of Sunday. Only three customers of New York State Electric and Gas remained without power on Saturday. “The end of the nightmare is near,” Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh supervisor, told constituents in an e-mail.
Access to gasoline appears close to normal, county officials said. A Saturday morning drive along Palmer and Mamaroneck Avenues in Mamaroneck revealed that the Mobil, Sunoco and Hess stations were all open and pumping and had no lines, though drivers at the Hess station reported that the pumps were painfully slow, requiring five minutes to pump a single gallon. Donna Greene, a spokeswoman for the county executive, Robert P. Astorino, said that panic buying had been reduced because most Westchester gas stations have power and supplies. All three Metro-North Railroad lines were operating on a standard weekend schedule in Westchester, though the New Canaan branch of the New Haven line in Connecticut had been replaced by buses as a result of extensive wire damage in the hurricane.
FOLDING UP THE COTS
All but four temporary shelters — in Yonkers, Chappaqua, Mount Pleasant and Cortlandt Manor — have been closed, but the county did not provide a census on Saturday of how many people were accommodated overnight. Larchmont joined Scarsdale and the city of Rye in ending their states of emergency. The county’s emergency operations center was open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be closed on Sunday and Monday. The county urged residents who need assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to visit that agency’s disaster recovery center at the County Center in White Plains. Some county parks remain closed, and the county-run Rye Playland suffered severe damage to its Boardwalk and ice-skating casino, the county said.
TELEPHONE, CABLE AND INTERNET
Cablevision’s Web site said on Saturday that 2,500 customers who have electricity have no telephone, television or Internet service, and an additional 15,000 who have not had power restored also lack the three services provided through its Optimum package. Verizon said FiOS customers without power also have no telephone, Internet and television, but it provided no specific figures.