MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Mount Kisco is slowly but surely getting back to business as usual in the wake of two major storms: Hurricane Sandy last Monday and Wednesday's nor'easter.
All streets in the village were restored to power as of Thursday evening, according to Village Manager Jim Palmer. "We continue to search for any individual service connections that might have been missed," Palmer said.
Con Edison's power restoration efforts in the village continued Wednesday and Thursday, "albeit at a slower pace than the village would certainly like," said Palmer, as efforts were somewhat hampered by the latest storm.
Areas restored by Thursday evening included sections of Byram Lake Road, Langeland Drive, East Main Street and several outages on Lexington Avenue.
Students in the Bedford Central School District have all returned to the classroom after a week of no school following Sandy. All elementary school students came back Monday and Fox Lane High School and Middle School resumed classes Wednesday.
While Wednesday's winter assault caused only a two-hour delay Thursday morning, Bedford Central School District superintendent Jere Hochman said the district does not yet know whether all of these “storm days” will affect spring break or take a bite out of summer vacation.
“It's too soon to know,” Hochman said. “However, I am sure that districts will appeal to the [New York State Education] Commissioner's office to allow for an emergency calendar.”
The Mount Kisco Senior Center, village offices and the Mount Kisco Public Library are all operating on normal schedules now, and the majority of businesses in town have re-opened as well. The shelter set up at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester has been closed, while the Readers Digest (Chappaqua Crossings) is still available as an overnight emergency shelter with hot meals.
The village has also resumed curbside leaf collection. Village officials are reminding residents to tie and bundle all debris for collection and not place leaves or debris in the street as this will interfere with restoration efforts while village workers continue to clear debris from the public right-of-way.
Village officials said they continue to assess and document damage to public facilities for potential future reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).