DISCUSS: How Did RVC Village Handle Sandy?

Super storm knocked out power for most of village.

It's been more than one week since Hurricane Sandy hit Rockville Centre and things are slowly returning to normal in the village -- save Wednesday's nor'easter.

Approximately 70 percent of RVC lost power during last week's super storm, with most power being restored by Monday.

RVC Mayor Francis Murray said at this week's village board meeting that he was happy with the way the local departments worked together.

“Our department heads and village employees worked day and night through the storm and its recovery,” Murray said. “All of our departments worked so well together that I want to thank them.”

Murray declared a state of emergency before the peak of the storm hit last Monday.

Residents have reached out to Patch with mixed feelings as to how the village handled the storm and its aftermath. Some feel the village and its departments acted as quickly as possible given the circumstances, while other feel there was a lack of communication from the village.

While some residents were in the dark for one full week, nearly 15 percent of the close to one million Long Islanders who lost power under the care of the Long Island Power Authority are still without power.

How do you feel the Village of Rockville Centre handled Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath? Tell us in the comment section below.

Linda Miller November 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I consider myself very lucky because my power went out for maybe an hour and a half total - I live on the southside of RVC. I feel bad for all those people in the village who did not have power, but under the circumstances, I guess the village did the best they could. It was a mess!!
Mo Bongs November 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Great job. For me, power was back in 3 days. Personnel at power office advised when the it was turned back on (I was not home the evening power was restored).
Deb November 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
We had no power for a week. I understand that there was a lot of damage and have no problem with that. My problem is with the lack of communication from the Village to residents without power. I could not jump online to check things. The only texts I got were regarding the state of emergency. The school district updated us by phone everyday. The village did nothing. I was advised by the mayor that if I needed info I should have driven to village hall (not that I had gas). I'm sorry, but that is the same problem that was supposed to be addressed after the March nor'easter 3 years ago.
Muscle Hamster November 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
i thought they were pretty darn bad. there was no communication and there was no way to get anywehre becuase of these gasarino lines.
rvc1956 November 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I thought the village did a great job!
That RVC guy November 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Some in the village fared better than others. I was lucky and lost power for 3 days. I understand the frustration of those who went longer. WHen I started feeling bad, all I had to do is look at the state of the surrounding communities, they are STILL in rough shape. I was able to shop, I was able to go down and help out at the Rec. Center... I was able to get my cup of coffee at CJ's. All in all, Id say the village did a great job, and will learn (in conjunction with the boob management at LIPA) from this. I feel we were blessed to live here during this storm. If you don't agree, take a look around us.
PattyJ November 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
HOW anyone can say the Board did a great job during the storm is beyond me. It took the wonderful Electric Dept EIGHT DAYS to get power back at my house. We are a small village with its own Electric Company. How come Freeport, which also has their own Electric Dept, was able to get EVERYONE who did not have flooding back with power by Tuesday, Oct. 30th? What am I missing. Also there was NO communication between the village and the residents. I have the Swift911 on my phone and NEVER got one text the entire 8 days. When I was able to get onto the village site it was full of useless info. Funny, I was able to get all the messages about the schools being opened or closed. I was able to get someone at the electric company to answer the phone Saturday or Sunday , I was told we already had power to the homes in my area. NO WE DID NOT. So evidently my family is living in a different Rockville Centre then the one mentioned in this article.
Matthew Hogan November 09, 2012 at 01:52 AM
@That RVC guy: Very well said.
Juliann Zipkin November 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM
We were without power from Monday evening until Saturday afternoon. I also work in the Village and my office did not have power. We had no cell/telephone service in our home (Verizon). Could it have been worse, absolutely. However, I do feel the Village must institute a system to communicate with residents during an emergency. Short of driving to the Village Hall daily (wasting gas), we received absolutely no information about the status of our power. If necessary, Village employees should have gone door to door in affected areas and dropped off flyers with updates once daily! When our power came back, we received several Robo calls on our home telephone voicemail from the Village with updates! The Village had to be aware of problems with cell service and should not have assumed that residents were getting any of the messages!
Mo Bongs November 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I agree.
That RVC guy November 09, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Flyers door to door, Juliann? Srlsy? WHo is printing these? Which Village employees should have been pulled from "all hands" emergency duties to do daily update flyer deliveries to an entire village? Sometimes when the power is out and there is no cell phone/email...it is what it is. Smoke signals perhaps?
J November 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
My experience with the village's handling of the disaster was mixed. The department of public works was great in their quick removal of fallen tree blocking our street. However, lacking phone service, I decided to walk to village hall to obtain information on restoration of electric service. This was about 4 PM on Tuesday the day after the storm. Village hall was locked. I then walked to the Electric plant on Maple Ave. It was also locked. Several other frustrated residents were there saying they were unable to get any response or information from anyone inside. Next, I went to the police department. I meant to ask if they had any idea about restoration of electric service but was curtly interrupted in mid-sentence with a "No" before I could explain myself.
patti katzman November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Sorry, 7 days in this village is too long; in a village this size, just as bad as LIPA!
samcanrvc November 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
by all means move to freeport! haha biggest bunch of bs i have ever read! yes, lets drag the village employees from their flooded destroyed homes in baldwin, long beach,oceanside etc to come in to work in rvc so that they can hand out a flyer to Julie so that she can be told the same thing she was told in a call from the village before the storm hit! puh-lease! at least now i know who not to use if or when i want to sell my house here in rvc!
Marion Ege November 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I think the Village did a great job - from getting my power back to communicating. I have many friends in Oceanside, Baldwin and Long Beach - they would love to have RVC's response times.
ANG11561 November 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I think the village was very fortunate not to have more damage look at our surrounding communities. i think they should hold businesses accountable for price gauging BEST WETERN almost doubled there price during the storm I understand need and raising a little but I put my mom up because she is from the south shore 179.00 for a dump. She stayed in the same exact room in the summer and payed 129.00 and with Molloy College my collegues stay and pay 99.99. Best Western come on!
Ali F November 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM
For a Village of this size, I don't think the response was adequate. A tree blocked Lakeview Avenue for days, which is a necessary access road for emergency vehicles. Likely delays for removing the tree were due to infighting between the county and village as to whose problem it really was. Answer: it was everyone's problem...stop the bickering and get the job done. Another home was left with a tree on the house and wire down. Electric company comes one day and says...we can't do anything about this because there is a tree on the wire. DPW shows up two days after that and says...we can't do anything about that there's a wire on the tree. Result? Stalemate. Really folks? Someone has to go first. Work together. The electric was out for far too long for far too many residents. Even with out of town crews that came in to work, there was no visible presence of repair crews in the late hours. None. I will credit the volunteer firemen who drove around and jumped out of their trucks with chainsaws in hand and cut trees out of roadways! That was a huge help and smart move. I saw an auxiliary cop driving around on his loud speaker blasting landscaping trucks legally parked on roads yet telling them to move. It would have been more useful if he was using his loudspeaker to alert residents to the status of the power outage and when they could expect power back. This is a small Village, coordination should be better. We deserve at least that.
Ali F November 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM
The 2011 Annual Report on Public Authorities in New York State was released which included Public Authority Staffing Information for year ending 2010 among other debt related detail. What is interesting is that Long Island Power Authority was reported as having the highest average employee salary in the entire state for all authorities that have staffing levels greater than 100. The average LIPA salary was reported to be $108,234 or 66% higher than the average salary for all state authorities’ salaries of $65,016. Compare this to New York Power Authority where the average salary was reported to be $87,552 or LIPA being 24% higher. As a final point LIPA reported 48% of it staff earns greater than $100,000 where NYPA reported to have half this percentage or 24%. I guess the question should be do we as ratepayers believe we are getting what we are paying for?….the best in the state?
Sara November 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
@Ali F. Very well said. People keep saying we should think if the prople in Oceanside, Long Beac anf Island Park. They seem to forget that they sre mostly without power due to water. There was no flooding of homes that I sm aware of in RVC. For this village with its own power and DPW it was a disgrace it took over a week fir trees to be removed and power restored. I believe we do more taxes in this village compared to the others and deserved better treatment for doing so. Seems those saying we shouldn't complain got their power restored pretty early in the storm. And the lack of seeing anyone from the village board anywhere at anytime in my area will not be forgotten at election time.
debbie November 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Again, the RVC Police have been arrogant throughout this ordeal. They refused to help someone stuck in the street. Also, I received the same treatment. After I called, the Officer hung up before I could explain. They need a course in how to be courteous to residents !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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