Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00
As of Monday, Nov. 5, LIPA released the following numbers of households in and around the village that are still without power:
New Hyde Park – 534
North New Hyde Park - 814
Albertson - 183
Garden City Park - 361
East Williston – 216
Williston Park – 2008
While County Legislator Richard Nicolello reported that as of Monday, Nov. 5, LIPA was forecasting full restoration of power by Wednesday evening, (except for isolated customers and properties damaged beyond repair), New Hyde Park’s mayor and board of trustees had already kicked off a multiphase recovery process. Sunday, Nov. 5 saw the village’s complete cleanup, the first phase of its emergency post-storm operations, the crux of which was to ensure no locations in the village would present an obstacle for LIPA, National Grid, Verizon, the water authority, or Cablevision from completing their repair and restoration activity.
The next day saw the deployment of the second and third phases of this plan. The former was centered on assessing and correcting non-emergent storm-related damage, which included evaluation of damaged trees and branches, the removal of debris on village property and the addressing of other damage to village property (street lamps, street signs, etc.) Phase three, (repair and reconstruction) concurrently began and was to include curb and sidewalk replacement along with some road repairs. The example of normalcy for the village was the regularly scheduled sanitation collection although regular curbside leaf collection had been suspended until further notice.
Sewanka Central High School District continued to be closed through Tuesday with classes resuming on Wednesday as of Monday, Nov. 5. Parent-teacher conferences that were scheduled for that date were also cancelled and it became a superintendent’s conference day. Custodial staff was expected to work at their regularly scheduled time while other staff members were to have reported to their home buildings at 9 a.m. and work until their regularly scheduled departure times.
Monday will have instead been a Superintendent’s Conference Day. Any staff members who were scheduled to work on Monday were still to report to work. Any staff members who were not scheduled to work on Monday were still not scheduled to come in. Custodial staff was to report to work at regularly scheduled times. All other staff members should have reported to their home buildings at 9 a.m. and would have worked until their regularly scheduled departure times. This includes instructional staff as well as support staff in all buildings. An announcement was made on Monday about Tuesday’s schedule for staff.
Herricks schools were to have been open on Monday, Nov. 5 on a strictly limited basis. Buses were to have followed their normal routes and hot lunches were to have been served. After school activities, clubs, athletics and field trips were cancelled and schools were to have been closed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 as previously scheduled.
Department of Public Works: 516-354-0064
Clerk’s Office: 516-354-0022
Village Court: 516-354-6330