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Lawrence Establishes Curfew in Village

Move comes in response to LIPA's inability to get lights back on, mayor says.

The mayor of the Village of Lawrence was expected on Sunday night to sign a curfew into effect that will allow police to stop and question anyone out in the middle of the night.

The move comes in response to LIPA’s inaction to get the lights back on in Lawrence days after Hurricane Sandy hit and to provide the village with a sense of security, Mayor Martin Oliner said.

“It’s dark, it’s cold. We have little children who can’t bathe. Other places have it worse, but there’s no immediate switch for them,” he told Patch. “[LIPA] can do this right now. This is needless pain and suffering.”

Only about 11 percent of the Village of Lawrence currently has power, according to Village Administrator David Smollet.

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Oliner said that he hopes the power will be back on in the village on Monday. Village officials during the past week have gone back and forth with LIPA, which Oliner said “lies to everyone.” While other areas have suffered damage to wires and electrical infrastructure, Oliner said that has not been the case in Lawrence, and that LIPA simply needs to flip the switch to return power to the village.

The final hours of the curfew were not confirmed to Patch, but the latest discussion had them set between midnight and 5 a.m.

The mayor said that he expects the Fourth Precinct to enforce the curfew, and had a commitment from the commissioner that it will do so.

However, Trustee Michael Fragin was skeptical, and said that there has been less police presence in the village since Sandy hit.

The village has hired six retired and off-duty police officers to patrol the village during the blackout. There were also talks of bringing in a citizen patrol, such as Shomrim in Brooklyn.

Lawrence is also seeking National Guardsmen, which are under the purview of the Office of Emergency Management and Nassau County.

The Lawrence Yacht and Country Club has been closed indefinitely. Anyone who had scheduled a function there is urged to call the village.

5TResident November 05, 2012 at 07:04 AM
LIPA = Live In Pure Agony
unknownauthor November 05, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I am married to a LIPA man , one week before Hurricane Sandy they had yo work 7 days , 16 hour days , each night Cingular home to prepare our home in some way for the coming storm , tying ropes around our outdoor furniture , making sure our generator was ready , etc.... I have been left home with a disabled child , running my generator ,day and night ! How come people in the Harbor, the back of Lawrence and other wealthy areas did not prepare ! I am confused where is your generator , you can afford one ! We gave slot up last year to buy one ! The mayor should prepare his town before hand , do not look to put the blame on hard working men ! Many people do not know how to run a generator , that is inexcusable ! Graduates from Cornell, Harvard , or even a mom like me can be taught ! What about throwing in a survival class and teaching everyone ! Please stop blaming LIPA you look silly when you do
DE November 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Generators don't help when they are submerged under 5ft of water or are destroyed by a fallen tree.
unknownauthor November 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM
That's why you raise them ! So that does not happen !
phil November 05, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Oliner really is being a blow hard. I love this line: "While other areas have suffered damage to wires and electrical infrastructure, Oliner said that has not been the case in Lawrence, and that LIPA simply needs to flip the switch to return power to the village." Well, Marty, if that's the case go flip the switch yourself. Can't be that hard, right? Or take a few clams out of the bank, lease a cargo plane and fly in your own darn electrical crew from Vancouver or somewhere to do it for you. If there are no wires down it should only take a couple of minutes.
unknownauthor November 05, 2012 at 12:45 PM
The comment is complete nonsense. I am in Hewlett with no power...LIPA has told us, "we are not a priority because there are only 20 homes still w/o power" we are also a simple fix..thIs is what they tell us. I have prepared with a generator however the generator won't work on my heat...and I have a child with severe asthma. So now we are displaced because it's to cold..you mean to tell me you wouldn't blame LIPA. They don't even call you back. Look...I'm thankful I didn't loose my home...and I'm making other arrangements because I can...but if it's an easy fix for the people in Lawrence..please...not fair to say just bec cause they have money they should of prepared any better than you.
unknownauthor November 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
You need knowledge to prepare not a pointing finger ! There were many things that could have been done and weren't ! There needs to be something done before a disaster not after ! A lesson learned when you watch the news and they say evacuate ! Go ! it is not about money ! It is the power if knowing ! Which is never taught !Why not ? Why do we leave ourselves with empty gas tanks. Before a storm ? If there was a news broadcast telling everyone to fill their tanks we would have ! The mayor could have thrown that Idea out there ! Just for starters , peoe could have bought charcoal so they would be able to cook ! Many things in fridges except dairy would have been okay kept outside for a day or two ! There are many , things to do ! Blaming Anyone is crazy we are all responsable for protecting our own ! There is a total lack of knowledge and preparation !
unknownauthor November 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
My daughter uses a smart vest and a nebulizer daily ! I have a "spacer " to use a albuterol inhaler ! Again it's knowledge , that's my point your daughter might benefit from that . Not sure of your child's age but the spacer helps a lot ! Just sharing info is a start ! Maybe a community meeting before a storm to answer questions and have a plan I. Place so the community is not left in a desperate situation ! LIPA really is not the one to blame ! I would love to chat all day , but my sister and her 2 young daughters are on their way to my home from Lawrence , she lives all the way down passed the golf course ! Good luck !
Rich G November 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
After attending the town hall meeting at Lawtence HS, it was mentioned that #2 School would be used by FEMA and the office of Emergency Management. Does anyone know?
EZ November 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Any news on the Community Center?
Stephen J. Bronner November 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Yes, it is. It should be open now.
Stephen J. Bronner November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The community center is going to be used as a shelter and will hand out supplies to those who need it.
EZ November 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
THanks Stephen! I have being trying to communicate with them but no answer. I was afraid they were flooded or badly damaged.
Giselle Eras November 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The community center is waiting for the arrival of cots, so it is not up and running yet.
Gina C. November 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I visited Lawrence today-right now there's a distribution center for donations at the Middle School. Later in the week they may move to #2 School, #4 School, or the community center. I think that Gary Schall and Ann Pedersen are doing an excellent job! They certainly do care about the school district as well as the community at large. Thanks for being so down to earth!

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