Supervisor Jon Kaiman issued the following post-Sandy update Sunday evening in a Reverse 311 message sent to all Town of North Hempstead residents who have working landlines.
We remain concerned about all of those who are still without power. Presently, approximately 50,000 LIPA customers are still without power in our town. Town tree cutting crews continue to shadow utility electrical workers to expedite the removal of downed trees from utility wires. In addition, LIPA has informed the Town today that 272 linemen and 362 tree trimmers have been assigned to help the power restoration effort in our Town.
In regard to fuel, I have been in touch with the Governor’s office today and they have confirmed that fuel is now being delivered throughout our region. I have confirmed this with a number of gas stations who now advise that their fuel supply is good and getting better by the hour. Although many gas stations are still without power, it should be easier to get fuel tomorrow as compared with the last two days.
In regard to schools, we are advised that some districts within our town will open tomorrow and some will not. Please call 311 to find out whether your district will be open.
In regard to Tuesday’s election, voting will go on as scheduled at your regular polling place. The Town is working with the county and FEMA to deliver generators to any polling place where power has not yet been restored.
I would like to remind all of our residents that many intersections still do not have working traffic lights. Under New York State Law, when a traffic light is not working, the intersection is to be treated as a four way stop. Also, in regard to safety, if you are using a generator, do not operate the generator inside even if you are keeping doors and windows open.
North Hempstead’s 311 call center remains open and has already taken in over 20,000 phone calls in the last seven days. Our warming centers are open each day for showers at Harbor Links, Tully Pool and the Westbury Community Center and our Points of Distribution, or PODS, are open each day giving out water and ready made meals if you need them. If you have any further questions, please call 311. Thank you.