Tracking the path of Henri this week, I could not help but have flashbacks to the dark days (literally) of Sandy nine years ago. It seems that the path of Henri has moved further east (back to France?) and we may miss the full brunt of the storm. However, I wanted to send a quick email to ensure you that all of our departments, including the Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, Water Department and Recreation and Parks Department have made all necessary preparations and are standing by in case of emergency. The Village has also been in regular contact with our partners at the County and State level. I would like to thank Westchester County's Office of Emergency Management for coordinating the area's response, as well as Irvington Village Administrator Larry Schopfer and Police Chief Frank Pignatelli for coordinating our local response. We already have a Con Ed liaison assigned to Irvington and Con Ed has informed us that they have over 3,000 restoration crews in the area. So, we are prepared for the worst but hoping for the best.
If you do lose power, it is very important you report the outage to Con Ed and not the Irvington Police Department. You can do that either online or call (800) 752-6633. Of course, if there are downed live power lines or any other emergencies, please call 911 immediately. Always feel free to email me about your power outage after you inform Con Ed, but it is important to log the issue with Con Ed directly to ensure the quickest possible restoration time.
I ask that you try to stay off the roads later today when the rain is expected to intensify. Today would be a great day to stay home and have some time with family or Netflix. In a special programming note, I will point out there is an important early season clash in the Premier League between Arsenal and Chelsea scheduled to kickoff at 11:30am on NBCSN and Telemundo (C'mon Chelsea). Lastly, Henri has unfortunately canceled the final performance of Twelfth Night by the Irvington Shakespeare Company. I would like to congratulate the ISC on a very successful first year run and thank the Irvington Theater and Recreation Departments for their tremendous support of this exciting arts partner in Irvington.
Brian C. Smith