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Sandy Takes Mental, Physical Toll On Briarcliff Manor

A tree fell on a wire, closing this portion of Old Briarcliff Road at Central Drive West in Briarcliff.
A tree fell on a wire, closing this portion of Old Briarcliff Road at Central Drive West in Briarcliff. Photo Credit: Andrew Meola

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Briarcliff Manor residents are stepping out of their homes to recharge their phones and their minds after Hurricane Sandy swept in earlier this week.

But the mental, physical and monetary costs could be extensive, said Village Manager Philip Zegarelli.

“The 100 year storm seems to happen every couple of months here so when it comes to costs and cleanup we’re getting pretty used to it,” Zegarelli said. “It’s going to be expensive, which goes without saying, but it’s still too early to put a dollar figure on it.”

Thousands of residents remained without power Friday afternoon, but several community buildings opened up during the week to provide residents with a place to recharge. The Briarcliff Manor Public Library opened its doors earlier in the week and is scheduled to have extended hours through the weekend. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department opened its headquarters at 1111 Pleasantville Road Friday and is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The department also scheduled movie nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for elementary school aged children and from 8 to 10 p.m. for middle and high school students. The Briarcliff Manor School District also was scheduled to open Todd School as a warming center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Zegarelli said the community gatherings and times to relax were important for the village.

“People’s feelings and attitudes are starting to get frayed,” Zegarelli said, noting that many gas stations in the area were running dry. “Many houses still don’t have electricity and after a day or two that novelty of the storm wears off. So people need some relief right now and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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