Councilwoman Ivy A. Pool: Storm Response Letter from Town of New Castle

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

As local leaders, it is our most important duty to protect the health and safety of our residents. Being without power for any extended period is unacceptable. Losing power for 11 days, as was the case for some of our residents, is unconscionable. We must take every possible precaution to ensure that this does not happen again.

In the aftermath of the recent winter storm emergencies, the Town of New Castle solicited feedback from residents to improve our response to future incidents. Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Conversation on March 27th, and to those who reached out to the Town via emails, letters, and phone calls.

On Tuesday April 10th, the Town Board submitted a letter to the Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission based on your feedback. The letter can be found here.  This feedback was also sent to “United Westchester,” the cross-county, inter-municipal coalition formed by NYS Assemblyman David Buchwald and Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

The Public Service Commission has announced a series of public hearings in Westchester, as well as around the state. Full details on the hearings can be found online here. There are numerous ways for people to participate in the PSC process apart from the hearings, including online comments, emails, letters and toll-free phone calls. The deadline for public comments is May 22, 2018.

Please reach out to the Town Board ( or to the Community Preparedness Committee Chair Suzanne Kavic ( if you would like more information or to get involved with the Town’s efforts to improve our response to future incidents.