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No Power For Ossining Library, Some Residents

OSSINING, N.Y. – Laura Kramer didn't have power at home on Monday morning, and when she went to the Ossining Library, she found out there was no power there either, but that didn't stop the Mercy College lecturer from trying to finish some important work by deadline.

"I'm going to try to connect to the Internet," she said as she sat on a chair outside the library with her laptop on her lap plugged into an external outlet. "I'm a very diligent worker."

A snowstorm and high winds that hit the area on Saturday left many trees and power lines down in towns and villages throughout Westchester. On Monday morning, a Con Edison website said there were 1,635 customers in the Village of Ossining without power, out of a total of 8,980 customers. In the Town of Ossining, there were 554 without power, out of a total of 2,307 customers. The company estimated that power would be restored to customers by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Julian Mora, a resident of the Foxhill condominiums in Ossining, said he had lost power at his home on Saturday at around 11 p.m., but power was restored on Sunday at around 6 p.m.

"We had no heat, and to cook we need electricity, so we went out to eat," he said as he returned library books.

Ossining resident Felix Perez, who was also outside the library, said he had not lost electricity, but his cable TV and telephone didn't work for about four hours on Sunday.

Ossining schools were open on Monday, but they opened two hours later than usual to allow for more time to get to school.

Reached by phone, Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer said, "It was a terrible storm because it came down so heavily so quickly. We had a lot of trees down but we weren't the worst hit community."

Ossining police Lt. Michael McElroy said the storm had caused a mess with trees and wires down, causing some roads, including North Highland Avenue, to be closed on Saturday evening. However, all roads were open by Sunday night, he said.

"Most of the streets are cleared up but there are still some wires and trees and tree limbs to the side of the road," he said. "We're working with Con Edison to try to restore power."

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