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Snow Problem Cleaning Up From Weekend Storm

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Overtime for plowing paid off for the people of New Castle. Town officials reported that employees charged with cleaning up the white stuff worked from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and reported no issues during the first major snowfall of 2012.

"Saturday's storm was actually very uneventful," said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski. "It was actually a pleasurable storm, if you will, compared to the last we've had."

Paderewski said the town received very few calls from residents and no power outages were reported. She believes the town lucked out with the storm falling on a weekend, as school buses and commuters were less of an issue.

Before the 2012 budget was approved in December, town officials added a final amendment that granted $25,000 in overtime to Department of Public Work (DPW) employees.

The amendment was presented after employees were limited in their clean-up abilities during the October snowstorm. Several local merchants complained that cleaning during the day was disruptive to business.

Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter also commended the DPW on its snow clean-up over the weekend. She said employees were brining the roads with salt on Friday night in preparation of the snowfall.

"I don't know how many people realize it, but we have 120 miles of roads, which adds up to 240 miles of plowing," said Carpenter. "It's a very long and arduous task. They worked very hard in getting the roads clear and safe for us."

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