A warming station is open tonight at Tompkins Hose Firehouse (9D and Main Street) for Beacon residents. Anyone in need of warmth is invited. The station is just to keep people warm, there are no special amenities like cots or meals. I have arranged free transportation with AJ Taxi Service at 214-0011 for anyone who needs a ride.
The need for the shelter became apparent at 12:00pm today when Central Hudson could not guarantee the city’s power would be 100% restored by nightfall when the temperature is expected to reach the lower 20s. Information about the shelter was broadcast on channel 22 and sent out to the county emergency department who broadcasts it to the emergency radio stations used by the city at 2:00. It became clear the city needed to take action when there were no county emergency or Red Cross shelters to open near by.
I know this information appears rediculously late but now that Verizon wireless and the internet is finally working I am able to use a Tether App to connect. I still have no power and running on a generator.
Central Hudson is working on damaged transporters, downed lines, substations and a large feeder line that is down somewhere between Beacon and the substation in Glenham. Please do not walk (snowmobile or ATV) anywhere under the power lines along Mt. Beacon until all of the city’s power is restored. Crews will continue to work throughout Beacon to restore power.
If anyone received a ticket for parking on the street during the storm please contact my office with your name and phone number. Because the storm came so unexpectedly and early in the season, prior to any outreach efforts by the city communicate the snow ordinance, I will write a letter to the judge asking that the ticket be expunged. It will be the judges decision but the letter may help.