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North State Businesses Without Power After Storm

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – With only two bars of power left on her cell phone, Cindy Merucci walked to the Dunkin Donuts commercial strip on North State Road on Monday morning trying to find a place in the village that had power after tropical storm Irene.

Merucci, who lives on Matthes Road, was out of luck when she got to Squire's restaurant at 218 North State Rd.

"There's nowhere to charge," she said. "I would love if Starbucks were open and I could plug my cell phone in there, but they're out of power, too."

About 395 homes and businesses in the North State Road area remained out of power on Monday, according to Anthony Bozzi, the owner of Value Drugs pharmacy, who had recently called Con Edison.

"They say we might not have power until Thursday," Bozzi said.

Bozzi planned to bring an electric generator to power up his pharmacy and hoped to have a few cash registers opened by the afternoon.

Another business owner, Kurt Knox, sent away a delivery man bringing food to his restaurant, Squire's.

"So far so good, everything is still frozen, but if Con Ed said by Thursday then I'm going to have a lot of wasted things," Knox said.

Across from the powerless North State Road commercial complexes, a large sink hole between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road caused the strip of North State Road that leads into downtown Briarcliff to be closed.

"They've patched that (sink hole) a million times," said Scott Rogers, a co-owner of the lifestyle gift store Wondrous Things on Pleasantville Road, which did not lose power. "They say they don't know when it's going to get fixed."

Police Officer Michael Zazzini, who was in the front office at the Briarcliff police station on Monday, said he didn't have time to give an update on storm damage because phones were ringing off the hook with people calling about not having electricity.

C. Golden, a resident of Larch Road, was enjoying an egg sandwich at Prime Meats, Seafood, Italian Deli on Pleasantville Road on Monday morning. He said he was praying that the electricity at his home would not go out because his drainage pump system had been working non-stop for the last 24 hours to keep his basement dry.

"Ash Road got flooded up the wazoo," he said. "On our street there were trees down in the middle of the road, but we didn't lose power."

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