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Slow Progress In Clearing Downed Trees & Power Lines To Open Clarkstown’s Roads

Portions of 58 roads remain fully closed and 28 roads have partial access

 

Clarkstown roads are slowly being reopened as power lines, trees and branches are cleared in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Sections of 58 roads are still completely closed in New City, Bardonia, Valley Cottage, Congers, West Nyack and Nanuet.  28 roads are partially closed in New City, Nanuet, West Nyack, Congers and Valley Cottage.

The pace of progress is slow because highway crews cannot clear the downed limbs on the roads until Orange & Rockland shuts off the live power lines. On Thursday morning, town supervisors and highway superintendents met with Senator David Carlucci and Assembly members Ken Zebrowski and Bill Larkin to discuss their damage assessments and cleanup efforts and additional assistance they need. An update call with O&R followed the meeting,

Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said O&R sent two linemen to work with highway employees during the overnight hours from Wednesday to Thursday.  They reopened three roads: Third Street, West Nyack Road and Bardonia Road.

Smitty Chesterfield November 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
get frankie sparaco out there to start chopping trees!
DF November 02, 2012 at 01:13 AM
get their asses off the couch, and get the repair people out there! Valley Cottage apartments, off 303 (by Cinco De Mayo), is still out. The mall has power. Why not us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a dying cat, who is freezing his bones off. Please. Power.
Ann S. November 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
What great progress our town is making all due to frank sparaco. It must be that town paid for car he's driving that helps him respond faster!
Fred grainier November 02, 2012 at 01:55 AM
How does the town feel their response has been? $75000 better? I don't think 10 cents better. Wayne just helped a buddy get a ridiculous salary for a part time job all the while Sparaco can work on earning votes for his next legislative election.
Barbara K November 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Joan Drive off Little Tor Road has a huge tree blocking the entire street to traffic. It has been there since Monday night. The tree has taken down the power lines, and our entire community, Joan Drive, Hemptor Road, Lynn Drive, Gregory Road still does not have power as of now, November 1, at 10 pm. The O&R website does not show this community listed as not having power.
Sam November 02, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hey now...wouldn't you take that salary to get political favors done to win his next election.
Laura November 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I cannot believe that whole section on 303 in Valley Cottage is still completely dark. Just north of the Palisades Mall, the library, 2 gas stations, A&P, the Pharmacy, Animal Hosp. And so many residences. NOTHING is on. Thankfully, the Nursing Home over there was FINALLY restored today...
Watchdog November 02, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Where is FEMA? Where is OBAMA? If Bush was Oresident, all heck would break loose? BTW is VANDERHOEF on vacation? Why doesn't he call FEMA and the RED CROSS? Where is FEMA? Where is OBAMA? Campaigning in LAS VEGAS, of all places!!!!
Watchdog November 02, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Call Framkie Sparaco and hand him a saw.
Watchdog November 02, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Ask Gromack why we still have overhead power lines in recently improved towns/hamlets like Nanuet, New City and Congers? Why Alex why? Does it have anything to do with the support of the Unions who were against burying the Utilities? If so, you and your cronies are part of the problem so this room full of politicians with serious looks on their mugs really cannot solve any problems although they are the cause of many.
X November 02, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Cars come to a screaching halt when driving down STRAWTOWN ROAD (in front of St John's Episcoal Church).. it seems Clarkstown won't do anything about the tree blocking the entire road until someone gets injured.
Watchdog November 02, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Open your eyes. This is REQUIRED READING. http://nanuet.patch.com/blog_posts/a-modest-proposal
William Demarest (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The Red Cross is in Rockland and has been assisting with the shelter at RCC.
RJ November 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
On Tuesday morning there were clarkstown employees clearing fallen trees and debris from the nature path that goes around congers lake while there are trees down all over town blocking roads. While I understand they cannot go near down power lines until O&R clears the area there are certaintly other things those guys could've been doing. There are plenty of trees down that do not involve power lines. There's tons of leaves and brush to be picked up in front of people's houses (Meriwether Rd in Congers was done right away. For some reason that street gets priority while the street I live on next to an elementary school won't see a town truck until the end of November). Most residents are without power and are asked to drive to Pomona to get ice in the midst of a gas shortage. Those town employees making the path nice & clean could've spent the day picking up the ice from Pomona and finding a location closer to clarkstown to hand it out.
Antonia Sambevski November 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
WOW! IT IS REALLY AMAZING HOW UNGRATEFUL AND SELFISH YOU PEOPLE ARE! DO YOU REALIZE THE COMPLETE DEVASTATION THIS STORM HAS CAUSED? DO YOU REALIZE HOW LUCKY YOU ARE THAT YOU ARE NOT THE FAMILY WHO LOST A FATHER WHEN A TREE FELL IN THEIR HOUSE; THE CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS WHEN A TREE HIT THERE CAR.. OR HAVE HAD YOUR HOUSE DRAGGED OFF ITS FOUNDATION INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY. BE GRATEFUL THAT IT IS WARM AND SUNNY AND YOUR FAMILY IS INTACT AND IT IS NOT SNOWING. BE GRATEFUL THAT WE WERE GIVEN AMPLE WARNING AND TIME TO BRING IN SUPPLIES AND FILL UP CARS AND GENERATORS WITH GAS AHEAD OF TIME. IT HAS ONLY BEEN A FEW DAYS AND HALF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE WITHOUT ELECTRIC ARE BACK UP.. AND THE REST WILL BE UP WITH IN THE WEEK.. THE TOWN AND O&R ARE GIVING PLENTY OF UPDATES. MAYBE INSTEAD OF SPENDING YOUR TIME BASHING THOSE WHO ARE WORKING YOU CAN GET OUT THERE AND CLEAR YOUR OWN STREETS THAT DON'T HAVE POWERLINES DOWN. BE GRATEFUL THEY ARE OFFERING DRY ICE, THEY DON'T HAVE TO. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BE DOWN ON YOUR KNEES COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS RATHER THAN PLAYING WITH YOU IPADS BASHING THOSE WHO ARE WORKING TO HELP YOU!
RUTH HESS November 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Scott Vanderhoef was on CBS radio today berating the slow response of O&R. He also mentioned that he is still without power, and that no answers are forthcoming. There are thousands of people without homes and have no places to go. Let's count our blessings that we are still alive.

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