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Village Prepares for Storm as Outages Hit

Mayor warns residents to prepare for outages and winds.

The worst of the storm was still hours away, Friday morning, when Massapequa Park began experiencing power outages.

There were 96 outages reported in the village, Friday morning according to Mayor James Altadonna, By 2 p.m. there were still 69 outages.

The mayor said outages were the biggest concern he had heading into the storm.

"It's always about electricity," he said. Altadonna joined in a LIPA and National Grid conference call with other area mayors and other officials, but said he hasn't seen much change by the utility from previous storms. "It's the same protocols," the mayor said.

The village will be prepared for whatever comes its way, according to the mayor.

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"We're  manning the plows and we're salting and we're anticipating a large snow fall," Altadonna said.

He urged residents to stay indoors during the storm and to be wary of high winds.

As he did prior to Hurricane Sandy, Altadonna warned residents to reconsider where they are sleeping, in relation to trees on their property as wind gusts up to 60 mph are expected.

Altadonna sais Village Hall in Massapequa Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and residents can come in and warm themselves up.

Residents who lose power, but have a generator can call the town if they need fuel, but must be able to provide identification that shows they live in the village.

Residents have been asked to park vehicles on the odd numbered side of the street to allow plows to move easier.

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Dick Blair February 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Great bit of local information from the Patch and right from the Mayor! Thank you both very much for the service provided.
Lifelong Resident February 09, 2013 at 02:20 AM
In regards to parking on the odd numbered side of the street, common sense and courtesy dictate that you should use your driveway BEFORE parking your car across the street in front of someone else's house. You may find it convenient to leave your driveway empty so you have an easier time clearing it, but you prevent proper plowing of the street in front of your neighbor's house. This is particularly rude when you park in front of an elderly neighbor's house, and leave your driveway empty. Odd side of the street parking AFTER you've used the off-street parking options on your own property.
ed February 09, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Village gov't is waste of money!
Franken Harpo February 09, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Do you ever stop whining?
Dick Blair February 09, 2013 at 06:24 AM
It's 1 a.m. and Village of Massapequa Park workers out in force clearing the streets. Great work...thanks guys!

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