HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski released a statement at noon Thursday with additional updates on power outages in the village that may continue through the weekend.
"It doesn’t look like power will start to be restored until this weekend, if that early," Swiderski said in his daily update. "Con Edison is not committing to a time frame at this point other than 'within nine days'. Assume a week and plan accordingly."
According to Swiderski, Con Edison pulled out all its crews early Thursday but returned after the village applied "some major pressure."
"We got new ones (crews) assigned that went straight to work," Swiderski said. "I just got off the 11 a.m. conference call that Con Ed has with all affected communities. Over 200 crews are in Westchester and . crews have not been diverted to New York City as per myths circulating."
Con Ed's priority is to cut power from its lines so trees can be cut, and then re-powering schools and polling centers ahead of Tuesday’s election. Crews have been flown in by the federal government from California and new ones have arrived from Alabama and other area.
In Hastings, crews are finishing up on Brandt and Cedar streets, moving onto Stratford, Harvard, Croton and Fairmont. A specialized crew is removing the big tree on Clinton Avenue, which is sitting astride feeder lines for much of the village. A Hazmat team should be here this afternoon to address the downed (and leaking) transformers at Clinton, Kent and Cliff streets. Transformer oil apparently is infused with toxic substances, like PCBs, and require specialized removal teams once they are breached.
Residents are warned to stay away from any downed power lines or fluids on the ground that may have leaked from transformers.