VIDEO: Community Conversation: Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Emergencies

Ivy A. Pool
Council Member
Town Board liaison to the Community Preparedness Committee

Thank you to everyone who attended the Town of New Castle’s Community Conversation on the Winter Storm Emergencies, and a special thank you to our panelists: Rob Greenstein, New Castle Town Supervisor; Suzanne Kavic, Chair, Community Preparedness Committee; Mike Alter – Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office, Joe Angilletta – Senator Terrence Murphy’s office, Joe Orlando – Assemblyman David Buchwald’s office, Mike Kaplowitz – Westchester County Legislator, Rand Manasse – Sunrise Solar Solutions, LLC, and Peter James – Chappaqua Paint and Hardware.

Also, I want to acknowledge and thank our first responders: the New Castle Police Department, the volunteer firefighters from the Chappaqua and Millwood Fire Departments, as well as the Mount Kisco Fire Department, and our Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And a big thank you to our incredible Town Hall staff, and especially our DPW, which went above and beyond to serve our residents.

Last Friday, I proudly represent the Town at a kickoff meeting hosted by County Executive George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald’s to prepare a cross-county “action plan” for steps that we can collectively take to better prepare ourselves for future emergency events (and power outages in particular). The next step for this initiative is for each town to complete a survey to document our experiences, lessons learned and recommendations.

Many of you are aware of the role of the Public Service Commission (PSC): to oversee and regulate the gas, electric, water, and telecommunications industries – basically acting as the government watchdog for these entities. The PSC has begun their investigation into the response of ConEd to the storm emergencies and is encouraging public comment. You can provide comments, view public documents related to the investigation to date, and subscribe for updates using the following link.

On behalf of our residents, businesses, and our Town government, the Town of New Castle will respond to the cross-county survey and draft a letter to the PSC based on the feedback we received at the Community Conversation, as well as the emails we have received to date.

Thank you to everyone for their thoughtful comments and helpful suggestions. If you are interested in continuing the conversation, please consider joining our Community Preparedness Committee. You can learn more about the CPC from Suzanne Kavic, Committee Chair, or on the Town’s website.

If you have further comments, please submit them to stormdamage@mynewcastle.org.

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