PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – With Winter Storm Nemo already moving into the Hudson Valley, Peekskill officials already are getting the word out to residents of cancellations and changes in service.
“Our biggest concern, even though we’re expected to get up to a foot of snow, isn't just the snow but the forecast of high wind and wind gusts that will start around rush hour today,” said Mayor Mary Foster at a press conference Friday morning.
The city already has begun making changes to service. Trash pickup in the city has been cancelled for Friday and trash and recycling drop-off is cancelled for Saturday. The Lincoln Society Parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been cancelled, however the society’s dinner may be moved to a later date. Saturday's Eaglefest event has been rescheduled for Sunday. Winter weather parking already is in effect, and cars illegally parked will be towed.
The Peekskill Senior Center is closed, but homebound meal delivery will be conducted as usual. Foster reminded homebound seniors to use the preparedness kits they received from the city containing a blanket, flashlights hand warmers and hand sanitizer in case of a power outage.
In the case of widespread power outrages, a warming center will be opened at the Nelson Avenue community center. Residents are urged to check the city’s website, cable access channel and local radio stations for official city announcements.
Acting Police Chief Eric Johansen urged residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.
“Stay off the roads if there is nowhere to go - anyone that’s on the roads is a potential problem for us,” Johansen said.
Johansan urged residents to exercise caution for themselves and others.
“Keep an eye on the elderly there’s always worry of heart attacks and other medical conditions associated with heavy lifting of snow,” Johansen said.
The Peekskill City School District is dismissing students early Friday. Early dismissal times are:
- Woodside: 12:15 p.m.
- Oakside: 11:35 a.m.
- Hillcrest: 11:35 a.m.
- Middle School: 11:30 a.m.
- Peekskill High School: 11:26 a.m.
- There will be no pre-K classes at Woodside Friday and all after-school activities have been canceled.