Katz Tours Storm Damage In Patterson, Works To Ensure Unobstructed Emergency Access

June 10, 2011
Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) today toured the sites of three businesses in Patterson that were destroyed after being hit by lightning in yesterday’s severe thunderstorms. Assemblyman Katz met with local officials, including Supervisor Mike Griffin, to discuss the emergency response, which appears to have been detoured through the town when fire trucks were unable to cross MetroNorth tracks due to the power outage.

“In times of emergency, our fire, police and first responders do an excellent job; however, in this instance, it appears emergency vehicles were impaired by the railroad crossing gates, which were closed and prohibited the emergency vehicles from crossing the tracks,” said the assemblyman. “My office will be working with MetroNorth and Patterson’s local officials, as well as the officials in other communities bypassed by MetroNorth tracks, to remedy this situation, increase communication and help ensure our emergency responders are able to have unobstructed emergency access in the future.”

With hundreds of residents in the 99th Assembly District without power, Assemblyman Katz is encouraging any residents who need any help recovering from yesterday’s devastating thunderstorms to contact his office for assistance. Residents and businesses can call his new district office, which will be officially opened tomorrow at a Grand Opening Celebration, at its new number, (845) 628-3781.