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Hastings Looks to Move On After Storm Recovery

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – After a week that was marred by storm recovery, power outages and hazardous conditions in Hastings, the village looks ahead while cleaning up the remaining issues.

Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski released a statement to residents as a round up for all the storm issues in the village.  Swiderski said all residents should report any remaining broken or hanging limbs near power lines to Con Edison.  Village trees will be cut, collected and disposed, but residents’ own trees must be dealt with differently.

“If it is yours, and it’s a downed limb and you can easily drag it to the curb side, we will collect and dispose of it,” Swiderski said in the statement.  “If the limb is too big to easily drag, you or a contractor needs to cut the limb or tree up into pieces a grown man can easily pick up and throw into the back of a truck. If it’s a mature downed tree, it’s yours to have chopped up and removed.”

Considering the snowstorm came earlier in the year than most expected, Swiderski speculated about the role global warming may have had.

“We will all need to think about how to deal with this new emerging reality moving forward,” he said in the statement.  “As a former trustee, Danielle Goodman, said to me last night – it’s no longer a question of acknowledging climate change, it’s now an issue of adapting to it.”

Although the village suffered power outages and frustrated residents throughout the week, Swiderski encouraged residents to have some fun and take advantage of Friday Night Live in the village.

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