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Snow Hits Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Bronxville Hard

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- It was a little scary Sunday in Tuckahoe but it wasn't because of ghosts and goblins. Downed tree limbs and power lines knocked out power in about half of the village.

In the north end of Tuckahoe, Hannah Bermingham, 4 and her neighbors Lisa, 8 and Kano,9 Yoshizaki were wearing parts of their Halloween costumes and playing in the snow.

Mayor Steve Ecklond was not having quite as much fun, however. Ecklond put on a hardhat Saturday night and was out with crews trying to clear roads from downed trees branches and debris.

"There have been no injuries, but there is a lot of property damage and many without power," Ecklond said.

On Benedict Avenue in the north end of the village, Lisa and Kano's mom Yumiko Yoshizaki has had no power since Saturday afternoon. Yoshizaki said she arrived from Japan to Tuckahoe the week before Tropical Storm Irene and now has to deal with the snow. Brushing the snow from their Halloween pumpkin, Hannah's mom, Joyce and dad, Donal said they had heard as many as seven transformers were not working in Tuckahoe.

"During the hurricane , there was only one transformer down and we didn't have power for a day or so," Donal said. "I hope we don't have to wait a week."

Tuckahoe Department of Public Works Superintendent Frank Di Marco confirmed that there were in fact eight transformers hit by the storm.

"It's gotten to the point that Con Edison is not taking our phone calls," DiMarco said. "We know they are aware and hopefully getting crews out to us as soon as possible."

In Eastchester, there were far fewer trees down and far fewer power outages.

"It looks like we dodged the bullet," said Eastchester Police Sgt. Matt Kiernan.

Kiernan said there were sporadic power outages throughout the town and some downed tree limbs and wires.

In Bronxville, the traffic lights were all working downtown and all the stores were open.

Highway workers said they have been on the job since the snow began on Saturday and plan on staying until the village streets are clear. Hardest hit in Bronxville were homes at the top of the hill on windy Valley Road.

Police Chief Christopher Satriale continued his village-wide alert, urging residents to stay home. Satriale also urged residents to treat all downed wires as if they are live wires and to report them to Con Edison.

"Do not assume that the problem you are having is part of a larger outage that was already reported," he said.

Satriale said that his department is also getting lots of phone calls by worried residents.

But back on Benedict Avenue, Hannah Bermingham and Lisa and Kano Yoshizaki were having a great time playing with their pumpkins in the snow.

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