Hurricane Sandy Statement from Mayor Paul Aronsohn – Nov 8, 2012
Good morning. This is Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn.
Today is day ten of our recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy. Despite yesterday’s snow event and a series of temporary power outages, most power has now been restored throughout the Village. The latest estimate had us at about 90%.
For many, last week’s storm has evolved into this week’s inconvenience – one characterized by school delays, gas lines and clean up efforts.
But for others … for too many of our friends and neighbors … this storm remains very much a present, miserable reality. Their struggle continues. Their homes remain cold and dark. Their lives remain disrupted.
For them, Hurricane Sandy continues.
That was the clear message at last night’s council meeting, and that is the driving imperative that informs and fuels our Village-wide recovery effort.
For that reason, our houses of worship will continue serving as warming centers.
For that reason, neighbors will continue helping and housing neighbors.
And for that reason, the Village Council and Village staff will remain focused on our number one post-storm recovery goal: getting power restored in each and every Ridgewood home.
Although this will likely be my last daily update, please know that we remain fully mobilized … clearing the streets, providing vital services and, of course, pushing PSEG to do its job.
And please also know that you can call or email me at anytime. My email address is email@example.com. My cell phone number is 201.213.1811.
And if you’re interested, I will be holding a special set of office hours this Saturday, November 10, from 9am to 12pm in the Village Hall 4th floor Council chamber. Please contact Village Clerk Heather Mailander for an appointment or take your chance and just stop by. All Ridgewood residents are welcome.
Again, Hurricane Sandy was a devastating storm that created an unprecedented amount of destruction throughout the Village. Many houses were damaged. Many roads were blocked. Many families put in a precarious position. But we are very fortunate in that no one here was hurt during the storm, and we are very fortunate to live in a place where compassion and a profound sense of community reign supreme.
Thank you. Be well. And be safe.