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Letter: Westbury – Never In The Dark

Most residents of the Village of Westbury were left without electric power for nearly two weeks due to the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, which left approximately 10 inches of snow. Unfortunately, these storms downed several tall trees, many of which fell upon electric wires, causing them to dangerously dangle and fall in several of our village streets.

But village residents were never in the dark. That is because fortunately, through the tireless efforts of Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Village Clerk Ted Blach, the village residents timely received continuous communications via emails and Facebook updates that kept us informed of the outage status of the various village neighborhoods. When the LIPA trucks were nowhere to be found, it was Mayor Cavallaro who was calling LIPA three to four times a day seeking the restoration of power for his constituents. In addition, village sanitation crews came by on a daily basis to cart away fallen tree limbs. While LIPA trucks were not easy to find, the village’s trucks were conspicuously present throughout this ordeal.

Residents outside the village were impressed with all of the information that Westbury residents received. Having not received the benefit of these communications, they were truly left in the dark!

Now, as Thanksgiving is upon us, it is the perfect time for all of us village residents to give thanks to our village leaders for all of their hard work and dedication during this most difficult time.

Ellen Hurwitch
Mark Deifik
Westbury Village residents