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Warm Winter Helps Greenburgh Address Roadside Work

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The warm and dry winter season has enabled Greenburgh highway workers to get a jump on roadside and right-of-way maintenance needs that are normally off limits from December through February.

"We are thankful for each day with no snow and eager to make small improvements to the town," said Department of Public Works Commissioner Victor Carosi. "Instead of clearing snow from roads, salting to clear ice and reacting to falling trees and debris from storms, the Highway Department is trimming trees, clearing brush from roadsides, sweeping streets, uncovering storm channels and clearing debris that has accumulated through the years from areas beyond the paved roadways."

Supervisor Paul Feiner said he noticed the difference while driving along Ridge Road recently.

"I was impressed," he said.

Carosi said crews have removed debris along Old Kensico Road. Ardsley Road, Sprain Road and Ridge Road have also received close attention. Workers are currently working on Pipeline Road. Greenburgh has about 130 miles of roadways.

Several residents from Parkway Gardens and Parkway Homes who attended a town board outreach meeting Monday night at Virginia Road Elementary School complained about constant power outages following storms.

Carosi and Feiner said it's Con Edison's responsibility to trim trees hanging over wires.

"It's a delicate balancing act we're talking about," Carosi said. "There's not a whole lot we can do than doing clear cutting on hillsides, which we don't want to do. (Another) option is working with Con Ed to reroute power into neighborhoods."

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