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September 2020

Mayor and Village Board Address Health and Safety of Community at Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Larchmont Mayor Lorraine Walsh opened a virtual Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, August 17th,, the underlying theme appearing to be the health and safety of the community.


In the Police Report, Chief John Poleway continued to admonish motorists not to leave their cars unlocked with key fobs in the ignition and expressed intense concern when he observed over 200 people walking through the Village after Tropical Storm Isaias, “but there were still significant wind gusts that were bringing down limbs and power lines.”  He also reminded homeowners that the leaf blower ban is still in effect.


Fire Chief John Caparelli stated that over 45 calls after the storm moved on were related to carbon monoxide alarms from exhausts from portable generators, with residents placing generators too close to windows and doors, under tents, in driveways to keep out of the rain and even attached garages.  “Portable generators should be placed outside of the home, at least 10 feet from any opening and at least 10 feet away from combustibles,” Caparelli stressed.


Expressing deep concern for the environment, high school activist and Sunrise Westchester Hub Co-Coordinator Caitlyn Carpenter presented a Resolution, condemning the expansion of the Danskammer Power Plant in Newburgh. “The Danskammer Power Plant was built in the 1950’s- ‘60’s, currently running at 5% capacity.  The replacement plant would run on fossil fuels and natural gas from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, extracted through fracking.


“We need to convince Governor Cuomo to stop the proposal.  A letter was sent to Governor Cuomo, signed by 150 elected officials along with another letter including all Westchester County Legislators.” Carpenter was joined by Sunrise members Jena Vicinelli, seventh-grader Carl Albano, plus Food and Water Organizer Santosh Nandabalan.


The Board moved to send the Resolution to the Public Service Commission.