2011-08-25 / Front Page

Impacts to linger for days

Hayworth tours Putnam County damage

 Hayworth reviews situation in Philipstown, Cold Spring


 In the wake of vast damage from Hurrican Irene and related flooding, Rep. Nan Hayworth toured flood damage in Cold Spring and Philipstown on Tuesday evening. She was accompanied by a number of local officials, including Councilwoman Barbara Scuccimarra, Highway Superintendent Roger Chirico,Cold Spring Mayor Seth Gallagher, and Trustee Bruce Campbell, as well as Sheriff Don Smith, County Executive Paul Eldridge, and Philipstown Deputy Supervisor Nancy Montgomery.

 -- Doug Cunningham






Sen. Ball secures dry ice


By Eric Gross

 Frowns turned to smiles when State Senator Greg Ball's entourage arrived at Mahopac Fire Department headquarters Monday evening.

Ball's pick up truck carried 250 bags of dry ice and hundreds of bottles of water which were distributed free of charge to residents who lost their electric service due to Hurricane Irene.

Earlier in the day hundreds of local folks expressed disappointment and anger at NYSEG officials for failing to keep its promise to distribute dry ice at the Carmel firehouse (see accompanying story.)

Ball told the Courier that he purchased the dry ice from an undisclosed location to assist those in need: "The impact of the storm affected our region significantly. I fault the utility for failing to keep its promise of getting dry ice and for its slow response in restoring electric service. The electric company's inability to communicate with its customers is inexcusable."

Ball reached out Monday to his colleagues serving in the Senate and Assembly to "consider holding a series of hearings relating to utility's response in the wake of the natural disaster. The emergency response was delayed due to the jamming of the phone lines. Irene was a serious storm but it could have been worse. New York State must be prepared to respond to a critical disaster be it a hurricane, earthquake or man-made attack in a rapid fashion."

Earl Sutton of Carmel thanked the senator and told of his trying to contact NYSEG to report an outage: "All I got was a busy signal for hours."




Denise Cavuoto of Mahopac told Ball that she and her husband had been without electric service since Saturday night: "It's been very difficult but we are managing. It could be a lot worse. We have water and now with this ice, we'll get through."





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