Larchmont Mayor Offers Cautions On Post-Sandy Gouging

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Town Board (John Komar, Trustee, was not in attendance)
Town Board (John Komar, Trustee, was not in attendance)

LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews on Tuesday advised Larchmont Residents to be cautious when hiring firms to clean up or make repairs in the aftermath of Sandy.

McAndrews especially focused on price gouging, telling  residents at the Board of Trustees meeting to heed the Attorney General's advice to only hire locally, and to make sure that hired contractors are properly licensed.

“We have had people going around the villages right after the hurricane saying they can do work very cheaply. Do not take them up on their offer,” she warned.

Police Chief John Polway agreed and offered some advice of his own during a report to the board.

“If you are unsure of anything please contact FEMA or the police department. We want to make sure people are getting the work that they agree to,” said Polway.

He also asked residents to stay away from barricades, marked by yellow tape, during storms.

“What we do see are people picking up the tape and going to the edge of the seawall, where the waves are crashing up. This causes a distraction to us.”

In other board news, the trustees voted in favor of authorizing the mayor to sign an agreement with the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. This will allow grants to obtain a new generator for Village Hall and also to fund a hazard mitigation program.

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