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Westchester Announces 'Warming Shelters' After Prolonged Winter Disaster

Westchester County Executive George Latimer, during a January news conference at the County Center in White Plains. The County Center was designated a  "warming center" in the aftermath of Riley's storm disaster declaration, along with 20 others.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer, during a January news conference at the County Center in White Plains. The County Center was designated a "warming center" in the aftermath of Riley's storm disaster declaration, along with 20 others. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

After three days of slower than expected storm recovery from utility companies, Westchester County officials are taking steps to provide extra support to the thousands of county residents who are still left without power. The county announced on Monday afternoon that the Westchester County Center will be open Monday night as well as on Tuesday, March 6 to provide coffee, warmth and a place to relax for Westchester County residents.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Days after Winter Storm Riley thousands of Westchester are still sleeping in cold homes with no lights and downed power lines right outside their doors. I find this disgusting. I am outraged at both Con Edison and NYSEG’s slow and inadequate response. On Sunday, I expressed doubt that NYSEG would be able to meet their timeline of restoring power by Monday night – unfortunately I was correct.”

The County Center will be open with coffee and family entertainment:

Monday March 5, from 6:30 p.m.to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6 from 10 a.m.to 10 p.m.

There will be children’s movies, too, at: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

In addition to these efforts, the Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection has been trying to ensure that residents do not fall victim to illegal price gouging by area businesses. The Department has sent out crews to investigate anecdotal reports of issues at hotels and gas stations as well as monitoring their phone lines for any new incidents. Those looking to file a complaint can call the Department at 914-995-2155 .

Director of the Department of Consumer Protection Jim Maisano said: “Since early this morning, my team has been sent to various locations around the County to make sure Westchester consumers are being treated fairly during this time of uncertainty. It’s our job to be Westchester’s consumer watchdogs and we are hard at work doing just that. If anyone sees any instances of price gouging, please contact our Department immediately so we can further investigate.”

Here is a list of additional warming centers and shelters:

· Bedford – Warming Center – Town Hall – 231 Bedford Road, Bedford 10507

· Cortlandt – Shelter/Warming Center – Moribito Community Center – 29 Westbrook Drive, Cortlandt 10567 – 24 hrs

· Elmsford – Warming Center - Village Hall – 15 South Stone Ave., Elmsford 10523

· Elmsford – Mobile Charging Site – White Plains Avenue & Sears Avenue, Elmsford 10523

· Lewisboro – Warming Center – Lewisboro Library – 15 Main St., South Salem 10590

· Town of Mamaroneck – Warming Center- Senior Center – 1288 Boston Post Road, Larchmont 10538

· Village of Mamaroneck– Warming Center- Senior Center – 1288 Boston Post Road, Larchmont 10538

Also, Mamaroneck Public Library at 136 Prospect Ave. offers coffee and wireless during the daytime.

· Village of Larchmont - Warming Center- Senior Center – 1288 Boston Post Road, Larchmont 10538

Mt. Kisco – Warming Center- Boys and Girls Club.

· Mt. Kisco – Warming Center – Mt. Kisco Public Library – 100 Main St. Mt. Kisco 10549

· Mt. Pleasant – Warming Center - Town Hall Tower Room/Community Center

· North Castle –Warming Center- Hergenhan Center – 40 Maple Ave. in Armonk 10504

· North Salem – Warming Center - North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps – 14 Daniel Drive (Exit 8 I-684) North Salem 10560

· North White Plains - Library, warming. -10 Clove Road in North White Plains

· Village of Ossining – Community Center – 95 Broadway Ossining 10562

· Town and Village of Pelham – Warming Center - Daronco Town House – 20 5th Ave. Pelham 10803

· Rye – Warming Center – 281 Midland Ave., City of Rye 10580

· Rye Brook –Warming Center – Community Center – 32 Garibaldi Place Rye Brook 10573

· Somers – Shelter/Warming Center – Heritage Hills Activity Center – Heritage Hills Drive, Somers, 10589

· Tarrytown – Warming Center/Charging Station – 240 West Main St., Tarrytown, 10591

The City of White Plains' warming center, located at the White Plains Education & Training Center, 303 Quarropas St., also remained open on Monday night.

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