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Yorktown Closes Emergency Shelter, Gets Back To Work

The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center will return to its normal schedule of events after the shelter was closed.
The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center will return to its normal schedule of events after the shelter was closed. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center will no longer serve as an emergency shelter for powerless residents as of 1 p.m. Thursday, the town announced.

The shelter opened 10 days ago in the wake of Hurricane Sandy after nearly 12,000 Yorktown residents lost power. Less than 600 outages currently remain in the town — 536 Con Edison customers and eight NYSEG customers.

The shelter was used by more than 1,000 powerless residents after the storm for charging electronics, getting a hot meal or coffee, or sleeping overnight, said Larry Eidelman, Yorktown’s public safety officer.

The closing of the shelter signals a potential return to normalcy for the town, as gas lines vanish, businesses restock and town officials get back to business.

Supervisor Michael Grace submitted a preliminary 2013 budget on Oct. 30, but the budget took a backseat when Sandy rolled into town. With the worst of the storm over, Grace will meet with department heads Thursday and Friday, before holding a budget review session Nov. 15. The Town Board has not held a regular meeting or work session since Oct. 23.

The YCCC will also return to its regularly scheduled events and programs, which can be found on the town's website .

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