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Free East Hills event on coping with power outages

People in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, without power

People in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, without power because of superstorm Sandy, wait for a chance to charge their mobile phones on an available generator setup on a sidewalk. (Oct. 30, 2012) (Credit: AP)

In response to growing frustration about power outages after superstorm Sandy, village officials in East Hills have set up “Power Day,” a daylong event scheduled for Sunday to educate residents about installing generators and alternative sources of energy.

More than 400 residents have signed up for the day, said Clara Pomerantz, a village trustee who spearheaded the event. The village will host at least 20 energy-related companies, and classes will be offered. Classes will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and later in the afternoon at 1 and 2 p.m. in the theater at The Park at East Hills. Residents can meet with vendors in Village Hall, which is on the grounds of the park, and directly outside in a tent.

The village has eased the process for installing generators, last week waiving permitting fees for purchasing generators until March, and for installing them until June.


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“We decided as a board that we cannot rely on our utility company,” said Pomerantz. “We have to be a little more independent.”

Pomerantz said residents who show up Sunday “will not be turned away,” and added that the event is free of charge.

Above: People in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, without power because of superstorm Sandy, wait for a chance to charge their mobile phones on an available generator setup on a sidewalk. (Oct. 30, 2012)

 

Tags: East Hills , power day , outages , Sandy

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