GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner declared a state of emergency Monday morning, with Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams issuing the same declaration shortly afterward at noon.
The decision puts local authorities on alert to implement emergency preparedness plans for Hurricane Sandy. Feiner said the surrounding village mayors are preparing to do the same. Irvington Mayor Brian Smith also declared a state of emergency Monday morning.
Greenburgh also declared a state of emergency last year in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
Several businesses and town events already have shut down in anticipation of the storm.
Greenburgh court sessions have closed for Monday and Tuesday, and the town board work session Tuesday morning has been canceled.
The Greenburgh Nature Center shut its doors for Monday and Tuesday, and both the Edgemont School District and Solomon Schechter School canceled classes Monday.
While the Department of Public Works continued on its normal Monday schedule for sanitation pick-up, a decision will be made later today as to whether collection will be canceled for tomorrow.
The Greenburgh Public Library still is open, as are Greenburgh Town Hall's offices, but Feiner said a few employees have taken personal time off to stay safe during the storm.
"We're trying to keep services going as much as possible without closing down shop," Feiner said.
The Theodore D. Young Community Center, 33 Manhattan Ave., is open for those seeking shelter from the storm. The multipurpose center at Anthony F. Veteran Park, 11 Olympic Lane, also will open as a more long-term shelter, if necessary, according to Greenburgh police.
Just two hours after Greenburgh, Williams declared a state of emergency for the village.
Elmsford also has activated its Emergency Operations Center to work together with Westchester County and New York's centers as Hurricane Sandy makes its way into the area.
As of noon Monday, no businesses or roads have shut down, said Village Administrator Mike Mills, but the town has prepared to open the Senior Community Center, 10 N. Stone Ave., for those seeking shelter from the storm.
Elmsford has spent the last few days preparing flood-prone areas along the Saw Mill River by cleaning debris from the water. The building department also issued notices to the businesses along route 9A that have been prone to flooding.
Residents experiencing flooding or power outages should contact Elmsford police at 914-592-8383 or Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED.