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Village: 40 Percent of RVC Without Power

Village provides brief updates on restoration progress.

It's been more than three days since the worst of Hurricane Sandy passed through Rockville Centre and the lights are starting to come back on.

Village spokesman Jeff Kluewer confirmed late Thursday night that of the more than 70 percent of village residents who lost power, roughly 30 percent have had power restored -- leaving approximately 40 percent in the dark.

Kluewer said he is hoping that most of the village will have power by Monday night.

Along with the electric restoration progress, Kluewer said that the auxiliary police headquarters building at Mill River/Centennial Park will serve as an information center with updates and printed information for residents and the senior center will be open for residents to have both heat and power.

More details will be made available by the village later Friday afternoon.

Jeanne November 02, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I am on Lakeview - between Hempstead and Burtis . Those two traffic lights have not been working since power went out - and it might as well be snowing - that's how cold it is in our house! PLEASE -
Anthony November 02, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Snowing? Really Jeanne. In a time like this please everyone be sensible and not overly dramatic. This is perfect "hoodie" weather anyway
Rjm November 02, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Your a moron Joseph may be hoody sweatshirt for you but sunday it will be 32 at night and right now my house is 56 degrees with small kids... Overly dramatic!! It's cold and miserable so go put your hoodie on
Rjm November 02, 2012 at 01:11 PM
kevin November 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
hey morons if the light is out, it becomes a 4-way stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Charles November 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
A call was made to inquire about power on my street. They told us they restored it yesterday and were no longer on the list. How nice considering the wires are laying on the road
CT November 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I had the same problem. RVC Electric said the transformer was fixed and that power should be restored. That didn't fix the problem. They're now claiming a crew is working on a damaged line, but I'm not holding my breath. Having no power is bad enough, but getting consistently wrong info makes it worse.
Lester November 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I think the communication from Electric Company and Mayor's office has been sub par. The web-site is of little or no value. They put out phone messages when alot of us are without phones. I realize everyone is working hard but communication in these tough times are critical. I signed on to text alerts but that has been largely silent. Lastly, I think when all of this is behind us , we should look to see where we can make structural changes to help prevent this wide-scale problem in the future. Its particularly frustrating when you see neighboring villages with power restored already. --Lester
Mike Boranian November 02, 2012 at 03:34 PM
First:Kevin-Thank you. The ignorance of drivers on these roads is mind boggling. Next: Where the heck is our Mayor and Village Administrator? Why are they not out walking or driving this Village and dipensing whatever info they may have to the residents. Recorded messages from the tops of police cruisers don't get it done. Reasonable people understand that this is an unprecedented situation, with unforseeable bumps in the road along the way but again, where are these people? How can they not be out and about providing the info thay have so that people can plan or act accordingly. We live on a street without power since Monday nite but with no trees or poles down as far as the eye can see. So why are we without power and what is the expectation for restoration. Yes its hard and yes its a real tough job but the Mayor and Village Administrator have failied in the one thing they are supposed to be able to do well, communicate with the people who elected and employ them!!!
Anthony November 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Moron? How about opening your eyes and looking at the world around you. Tell the people in Breezy Point that your chilly and a hoodie wouldnt not be warm enough for you. better yet, pull up a chair next to their homes and use the smouldering fire that used to be their living room to keep warm on Sunday. Don't forget the beer and wings for the Giant game!
Nancy9583 November 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Con ed said ALL of Manhattan will have power tonight. And they can not get RVC powered. I hope next time the village brags about the 1966 blackout they are reminded if this total disaster. Did'nt vote for Murray and his bunch last time, won't be next time either. As sporatic texting had been noghing through swift911 everyone was encouraged to sign up for.
Janice Rizzo November 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I have not seen 1 RVC police officer since before the storm...No one at major intersections without lights, none in town, none riding patrol. The mayors home has had electric since weds pm. have not seen him or any of the elected officials anywhere. Pre Hurricane you'd see the RVC FD Vehicles all over town. I haven't seen one of those in days. WHere is the BIshop? WHere are the church pastors? Where is EVERYONE. Next election there will be a RECKONING!
Ann Sieling November 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Dave Kloven November 02, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Relax you spoiled moron... Look what's going on all over ny/nj. .... You have to be kidding! People lost their lives, homes, belongings and business'. Your complaining about not "seeing" a police officer at every intersection without a traffic light? You are a spoiled crybaby and have no idea how fortunate you are...
Lester November 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
When I moved here , someone told me that I should live near a politician or village official. Wish I would have listened....
Nancy9583 November 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Hindsite is 20/20 Lester.
Janice Rizzo November 02, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Spoiled Moron Dave? Really? You know nothing about me. I see whats going on all around NY NJ and have family & friends in Rockaway, Breezy, Freeport, Oceanside who have lost everything. RVC has its own Police force and they are very well compensated. I see them all over the streets during non emergencies, We have more firehouses with state of the art equipment. Equipment that the FDNY would KILL for. and see how many are made available for parades, and community events. They are out in force then. I haven't seen one, not ONE police car patrolling N Village, Harvard or Hempstead Ave. And yes I am complaining that there are none to be found at intersections, directing traffic back ups by the Gulf & Mobile Stations on Sunrise, or At the Hess on Long Beach Road . Im sure they could spare one or two guys. The entire village government have dropped the ball in the aftermath. If my opinion makes me a "spoiled moron" then Im not entirely sure what your opinion makes you.
Janice Rizzo November 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
@lester it didnt help me one bit!
Anthony November 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Dave- THANK YOU!!!! I have been trying to say the same thing but i suppose I am not blunt enough. People need to start opening their eyes and look beyond this fantasy world they live and realize that so many worse things could have happened to us. Residents of Breezy point lost everything and they are within 20 miles of RVC. I saw workers from our utility plant out last night after 9pm working.
megK November 02, 2012 at 11:24 PM
There is a village board meeting on Monday Nov. 5th and tell the administration how we feel about the hurricane recovery efforts! Let's hold our elected officials accountable!
Josie November 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Janice, I agree. I was surprised that there weren't police, auxiliary police, or crossing guards a major intersections. This has nothing to do with being spoiled or unappreciative. It is a public safety issue.
Josie November 03, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Good idea. I think we need to do a lessons learned exercise from this experience. For one thing, communicating by phone or internet was not effective when such a large percentage of residents don't have access to either. I'd also like to hear how the village employees were deployed to help residents and when they were deployed. It was a bit frightening to see so many downed lines for days and to have major intersections without traffic lights even now. Let's have a big turnout at Monday's meeting to get some answers and find out how things are going to be changed.
Inthedarkfornoreason November 03, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I think people who cite the challenges posed by this storm and the incompetenece of the response by the Village confuse activity with progress. And folks who say that the Village response thus far sucks but can be justified because other communities are far worse - confuse apples and oranges. Yes Breezy was decimated. I was there today volunteering on clean up while my house in RVC sits dark. Does their misfortune help put things in perspective - absolutely. Does it excuse the incompetence of our Village officials - no. Not in the least. Does it excuse the conflicting information given out hourly by the electric department - no it does not. Does it excuse the fact that no one in RVC seems to be in charge? A LOT of questions need to be asked in the coming weeks about RVCs preparedness for this storm (or lack thereof) and the abysmal response by Village Govt and Village employees and the "communication" to residents that rivals the worst we have ever gotten from the LIRR. In the meantime if anyone has time ans enough gas - Breezy can use all the help they can get. Contact ST Francis deSales Church in Rockaway or go on Facebook to see how you can help - maybe some good old fashioned elbow grease will help vent your frustrations with RVCs woeful and inept response. Until we can do something about it at the polls.


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