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Village Update: 70 Percent of RVC Has Power

Friday afternoon update shows most power will be restored by Monday.

Of the more than 70 percent of village residents who lost power during Hurricane Sandy, 60 percent have had power restored.

Village spokesman Jeff Kluewer confirmed Friday afternoon that the electric department is working hard to have power returned to all residents as soon as possible.

"They should by the end of the weekend, and certainly by Monday, have most people restored," Kluewer said. "The 'most' means what's going to be leftover will be pockets of people on very damaged circuits that no many people are on, so they're saved until last."

The 60 percent restored represents a 20 percent increase as to where the village's electric department was as of late Thursday evening.

Kluewer also said that the Monday estimation for full power restorage is still accurate.

"Large sections of the village are being restored to power and will be through the day," he said.

Kluewer said the traffic advisory is still in effect, stating that certain intersections are still without power and are very dangerous, especially at night.

"People should come to a full stop if they come to an intersection where the traffic control lights are out before proceeding," he said.

Rockville Centre Patch will have more updates from the village later Friday afternoon.

megK November 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
After reading through through the responses regarding the way the hurricane recovery has been handled I wanted to let everyone know that there is a Village Board Meeting this MONDAY, Nov. 5. This is our town and I encourage all who are not afraid to speak up on the Patch to not be afraid to speak up at the meeting. Perhaps if we attend the meeting some of our concerns may be answered. I'm sure some people have suggestions as to what can be done to better prepare for the next natural disaster so this chaos does not ensue again. I for one don't understand why there is no curfew. There are a lot of down power lines and dark streets. It is not safe for people to be out at night.
Kevin O'Reilly November 03, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Kleuwer is just a guy who says what he is told to say. He has the phone numbers f local reporters etc. The buck stops with FX Murray.
Julie November 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM
What about people who are elderly or ill? I see no attention to the people on Whitehall Road when those on Meadow Lane and Knollwood Rods have power. Something is very wrong here!!!
Lindsay November 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Thanks, Julie, for bringing this up about the elderly. My in-laws live on Whitehall Road, they are 70, not elderly, but they are cold, low on gas, and are trying to help some of their elderly neighbors. They have no idea when they are going to get power back, and are very concerned about their neighbors. If anyone has any information at all about Whitehall Road, please post it here!
ANTOINETTE November 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Why has there no been information provided for those people who have lost power, which means they have no phone, internet or cell phone. Why don't they revert back to the old days where people were informed by bullhorns or even people walking door to door with a flyer with somekind of update! I have been a resident of this town for 45 years and have NEVER been treated so poorly by the town government!!! In the 5 days since Sandy hit, we have been trapped in our home by a fallen tree across our driveway making it impossible to get out of our home if we had to. We are 78 and 80 yrs old and without our daughter coming over with ice and food and wood (until we couldn't stand the cold).we are now safely ensconced in her home.Shame on this administration!!! There will be no second term for this bunch.
Inthedarkfornoreason November 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Questions we would all like answered: 1. When the Electric Dept repeatedly lies to callers that there are trucks in your area and power will be restored "soon" but in fact there are no tracks anywhere at all and they know power will not be restored until next week - have they been instructed to lie or is this incompetence? In either case heads need to roll. Someone needs to be fired or many people need to be thrown out of office at the next election. When adults are given accurate information about what is going on with the power they can make informed decisions about whether or not to relocate their families and for how long. And if accurate information cannot be given almost a week after the storm - the whole Village is in serious trouble. 2. Will LLPA actually beat RVC to the punch and restore all power before RVC? 3. Kids start school on Monday. No power. No food. No buses. No gas. Really?
Inthedarkfornoreason November 03, 2012 at 07:19 PM
How come at election time, Village officials have no trouble wearing out the shoe leather and knocking on doors asking for your vote. Then you have no lights and no heat and no food - there's not a peep. Five elected officials in a 3 mile Village. Would not have to walk far to knock on every door in the Village to provide you with concrete information esp all of those residents STILL sitting in the dark. They might even be able to " assess" why your street is dark. That seems to be a real problem for the Elec Dept at the moment. Real answers to real questions are preferred over canned news releases that say nothing. As Gov Cuomo said - performance and accountability go hand in hand. RVC residents should demand nothing less.
megK November 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Not sure if everyone has heard but the annual Family Fun Run (which is scheduled for next weekend) has been cancelled.
Thomas Falco November 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Indeed it has. Perhaps by November 10th, the rest of the town that is not Nancy Howard & Mayor Murray will have power and be able to find out themselves. Noted this morning that the Five Corners have been coned off for no apparent reason, watched someone make a left from East DeMott and drive the wrong way up North Long Beach. Were the cones some sort of half-assed effort to maintain safety in the intersection? No crews are nearby working on it; so I can't imagine they've blocked it off for the safety of the workers. Whatever the case, the response from the town has been disgusting. Even LIPA, who was voted the worst utility in the country last year has been doing a better job, and have restored power to over 500,000 people in the time it has taken Rockville Centre to complete 80% of the 7,000 homes without power. I'm not sure if this is incompetence or the town simply does not care about the residents, but I sincerely hope this is a wake up call for residents and we all remember how we've been treated when mayoral election season rolls around.
Josie November 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It seems to me that in past storms when traffic lights were out, we would see police out directing traffic. I've seen none of that. I'd also like to know what's taking so long for the five corners' light to be fixed. On another note, a Floridian told me that gas stations in Florida are required to have generators. Not a bad idea. I'd like to see the same thing with grocery stores.
DMS November 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
The lack of communication and coordination has been disgraceful. No info on the village page for those who can go somewhere for internet and log on for a few minutes. No flyers. No village workers / officials walking the streets. Seriously. How hard is it? We are a small town.
Julie November 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Lindsay, Now being told that Whitehall Road will be back by Tuesday. Not good enough. The big problem is lack of communication. You cannot have people living with such uncertainty. If these yoyo are up for election get rid of them asap.
rvcguy November 04, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Just weighing in as a resident EAST of Knowllwood, the forgotton section of RVC. The power department told us Wednesday it would be on by Thursday the latest. On Friday the street crew told me it would be Friday night, It is now 10:30 Saturday night and our power, heat communications have been out since Monday 2pm. No one answers the phone at the village! No trucks in the area AND I cannot find one line which is actually down! BTW and elderly woman fell on my block in the dark last night and broke her hip in the dark when we were told the lights would be on several times. That blood is you your hands FXMurray and your crowd as you having your drinks. Where are your contracted crews? Backup plans? Oh we did see your Aux police with bullhorns at 3pm telling the local mothers with their 7 yr olds not to go trick or treating on Halloween, never mind intersections with no traffic lights. GODD JOB!!! Are you kidding me? We deserve better.
Julie November 04, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I used to be proud to say I was from RVC. This is a shameful situation.
Inthedarkfornoreason November 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Spoke to RVC power truck employee at 7 pm. Well intentioned nice guy. Said the Village was clueless as to what was going on. The ONLY tree removal companies that the Village has contracted with are Harder and Tree Wise Men. Then we spoke with the power crews from North Carolina who said our street (one block south of where they were working) was not even on their "list" os streets to repair. The ENTIRE street is pitch black. Who the F&$)@k is in charge? Who creates the lists?? Fire Murray and the whole. God$)/m Board. And the entire Electric Dept while you are at it. Stop the BS and tell residents the truth about what is going on.
Fed up November 04, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I live on Muirfield just west of knollwood- the electric company informed my neighbor that we will have power in that area Monday night at the earliest, but most likely Tuesday - this little pocket of RVC is always the first to lose power and the last to get it back. I'm no sure why but I think we all need to attend the board meeting Monday night and / or set up a meeting with mayor and trustees. I have had it with the unfair way this area ( end of Muirfield, knollwood, Whitehall ) has been treated during the last 3 storms.
Terry November 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM
When I walk around my area which has no power since Monday there are no wires down. No transformer either. Trees yes but fell into street or onto property. . WHY IS THERE NO POWER? God help us if winter brings snowstorms Where is Murrray And his cohorts? Are they sitting on a line for gas pike the rest of us peons and have sporatic access to cell phones?
megK November 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
We need to hold this administration accountable. Getting the electric back up and working may be more complicated than any of us realize but just plain communication with the residents is not. Reassuring the citizens of RVC should be Murray's top priority to clam the hysteria that has clearly set in. There is no excuse for how the Mayor and his administration has conducted themselves in this trouble time. GO TO THE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY! HOLD MAYOR MURRAY ACCOUNTABLE!
lester havlick November 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM
HOPE IS NOT A PLAN! It isclear to me that the village's disaster plan is worthless.There was too much left to chance and they hoped it wouldn't be that bad. Well it was that bad and we got caught short as a result. At tonight's board meeting you will hear a lot of excuses but I suspect very little in solutions. The plan was inadequate and this is the result. Given the amount of taxes we pay..it is a disgrace! -Lester
lester havlick November 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
HOPE IS NOT A PLAN! It isclear to me that the village's disaster plan is worthless.There was too much left to chance and they hoped it wouldn't be that bad. Well it was that bad and we got caught short as a result. At tonight's board meeting you will hear a lot of excuses but I suspect very little in solutions. The plan was inadequate and this is the result. Given the amount of taxes we pay..it is a disgrace! -Lester
robert geller November 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
HOPE IS NOT A PLAN! It isclear to me that the village's disaster plan is worthless.There was too much left to chance and they hoped it wouldn't be that bad. Well it was that bad and we got caught short as a result. At tonight's board meeting you will hear a lot of excuses but I suspect very little in solutions. The plan was inadequate and this is the result. Given the amount of taxes we pay..it is a disgrace! -Lester
Julie Ginns November 05, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Lights are back on Whitehall Road. However the residents of the area were left in the dark literally and figuratively too long. Do not forget this episode come next Election Day for these guys!!! Anyone else has to be an improvement.
Nancy November 05, 2012 at 12:31 PM
3.3 miles of village and they can not handle it. Cuomo should look into RVC while looking into LIPA. This is a disgrace. Hope channel 12 news gets ahold of this situation.
rvcguy November 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Lights on EAST of Knollwood MONDAY morning. Out a week plus 1 day!! Why the crews went home last night is a question which needs an answer when the temps are pushing the 30's. Whitehall, glad you got yours last night, but many others in your area did not. I for one is MAD AS HELL!!
joe thrapp November 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
This sums up the attitude of the Village of RVC to their residents out of touch and out of sight:Mayor Franny, lights out on Broadway Monday, Mayor Franny House lights back on Tuesday.Mayor Franny keeps sign over the LIRR overpass during this crisis the same " FX Murray Schools open, welcome back students". I looked at the sign no Hurricane Sandy or notice "THAT RVC SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED SINCE MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH.Jeff DeKlewuer under instructions can send residents rob calls telling then to get their cars off the street when there are trees lying in the driveway,but can't update homeowners when the RVC electric will be turned back on.RVC police only direct traffic at gasoline stations. This insures that Mayor Franny can cut a 6 block line on Sunrise highway, jump the line and fill up his car and the cars of friends of Franny.The RVC police once again use no tactics to control traffic in Village. They blindly put up cones on major East/West roads, which people go right through. How about doing your $185K jobs, very simple DIRECT TRAFFIC. What ever happened to the 8 hooligans 3 captured 5 still at large that threatened sexual assault on village women and beat husbands into unconsciousness and hospitalization? Billy Moore lives on Broadway and he had his lights on Tuesday just like other friends on Broadway. The attack was videoed by a neighbor show film Be safe in the darkness and hopefully we will open our eyes for this June's Village election. Have a Good Day!!
waaaawaaaaawaaaa November 05, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Stolen comment from another article that is clearly more appropriate here!: I just jumped on here and cannot believe how insane some of the people posting here are!!! Like a bunch of crying spoiled babies!!! It was a massive storm, many houses, power lines were damaged. Did you really think it would be fixed in one day?! With the severity of the storm I'm impressed that it was repaired in one week! Get over it you wimps! Take a trip to island park, Oceanside, and long beach to see something to cry about! Amazing!
megK November 05, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Tonight's village Board Meeting starts at 7pm. The briefing is at 5:30pm. I hope those of you who speak up on the Patch will speak up to our elected officials about the way RVC handled Super Storm Sandy. *IMPORTANT* Tonight's village board meeting will be discussing a MAJOR zoning issue affecting residents on the SOUTH SIDE about a possible APARTMENT being built. This may affect you! To JoeBush: Mayor Murray, Nancy Howard, and Michael Sepe (the RVC United ticket) still have another 2 more years until reelection.
NoJustNo November 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
This would be relevant but it's not. If you didn't expect your house to be destroyed in a hurricane and you live on the water, then you must have something seriously wrong with you. Here, where the damage wasn't so bad, I expect the damage to be repaired MUCH more quickly than in places where homes burned to the ground, etc. "I am genuinely surprised that houses on the water were destroyed," said absolutely no intelligent person, ever.
joe thrapp November 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
The trustee that gave the the deciding vote to exceed the two percent Tax Cap is up for reelection in 2013. You can thank trustee Glynn for raising the villages taxes to 7.89% this year. He is the first of the inexperience trustees to go. Like Governor Christie says" I may like the man but if he is an incompetent then I have to call him an incompetent". Trustee Glynn tick tock.....
rvcguy November 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Just curious. RVC proudly boasts of having the largest volunteer fire department of hundereds of people which I do respect. How come some of these guys could not do some safety traffic control at the dangerous corners? Take the pressue off the cops? They ask us for tens of millions of dollars just a short while ago, don't ask again. Volunteer fire department does not translate to free fire department. A suggestion, next time instead of buying a $250,000 'chief' car, buy some back up generators to the rec center and have a back up supply of gas so people don't have to risk their lives with lack of power and have shelter. This isn't rocket science.

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