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Briarcliff Businesses OK Despite Road Closure

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Downtown Briarcliff store owners said business has been decent this holiday season despite construction on North State Road that has caused the east-west connection between Pleasantville Road and Route 9A to be blocked off.

"The foot traffic is a little off I'd say, but the holiday season was ok for us, busy, our orders are fine," said Vincent Janiello, owner of Janiello's Specialty Foods on Pleasantville Road.

Janiello estimated that business is down 10 percent compared to other years due to the North State road closure.

According to an email sent by Village Manager Philip Zegarelli, the strip of North State Road in downtown Briarcliff is targeted to be reopened on or around Dec. 12. Specially-designed culverts to channel water were expected to be delivered and installed this week.

North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road was closed in August during Tropical Storm Irene due to a large hole that developed in the road that contained within a gas line, a water main, a sewer main, an electrical oil static line and Department of Transportation junction boxes for traffic signals.

The road was reopened for about a month in October, then closed again when a contractor, Morano Brothers, was hired, and permanent repairs funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency began.

"Business is ok. Who knows, maybe it would have been much busier if the road weren't closed, but I can't really complain. We've been busy during the weekends," said Donald Borho, the owner of the lifestyle gift store Wondrous Things. "I think the village has been very forthright in passing along information from the contractor."

Michelle Stangarone, the owner of Couture clothing shop on Pleasantville Road, said business has been better than the first time the road was closed in August, but the road closure is still impacting business.

"I think people are more prepared now, they might have figured out how to get around," Stangarone said. "But it's definitely not helping anybody, especially during the holiday season. I can't wait for it to open up again."

Sue Glascott, a manager at Holbrook Cottage lifestyle gift store, said her store has been lucky to have loyal customers who will go out of their way to shop there.

"People do tell us when they come by that they have to make the effort to come. It's not a spontaneous 'I'm driving by,' anymore," Glascott said. "But we've been hanging in there. What's heartening is that we do have customers who make the effort to be here."

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