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Hurricane Sandy Statement from Mayor Paul Aronsohn – Nov 8, 2012

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 paronsohn@ridgewoodnj.net. 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.

9 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy Statement from Mayor Paul Aronsohn – Nov 8, 2012

  1. All Mr. Aronsohn needs now is a photo op with Governor Christie and he’s off to the races! The political winds are apparently blowing his way and he intends to make the most of his opportunity as the nominal head of an otherwise co-equal five-member village council (and not the key actor-that would be the village manager).

    Mr Aronsohn, please stop acting as if any one of us regular voters voted to make you our mayor! You voted for yourself and got the votes of two cronies, you windbag!

  2. Why is this his last update, especially if there are still residents without power? On the one hand he is saying they are not forgotten, and he will not rest until 100% have power, and then he says he’s stopping updates/communications for them! Which is it? It certainly can’t take more than 20 minutes to write up an update.

  3. Why is this his last update, especially if there are still residents without power? On the one hand he is saying they are not forgotten, and he will not rest until 100% have power, and then he says he’s stopping updates/communications for them! Which is it? It certainly can’t take more than 20 minutes to write up an update.

  4. Next is a photo op with Jack Bauer of 24 fame.

  5. Aronsohn is a d-bag. Just looking out for himself and is a publicity hound.

    Contrary to the platform he ran on, keep watch for him go stab the residents in the back with Valley construction

  6. Well don’t forget his cell phone number because you will need it when they refuse to pick up the debris in the streets. I’m sure there will be another photo op of him standing in front of a wood chipper or a cop writing a ticket. Which is it going to be Mayor?

  7. He got the grin on his face because he knows he screwed us.

  8. Maybe the Council will commit 4000 k to the new high school library. It seems they are smoking the same thing as the BOED.

  9. this new mayor and council better thank the village crews for all the hard work they do for the town. they go over and above to help the village tax payers every day. and in 1999 the big bad ass storm that we had was not as bad as this one with wind but is was a good one. and the at the time the mayor and council gave all the crews that worked a nice wood and brass plaque for the hard work that they did. the new crew needs to do that. the village crews are the back bone of the town. and no one thanks them. but they get pissed on all the time. and all the dept’s are short on staff too. thanks the old man.

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