With some Port Chester residents still without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the storm and the human needs it created are fresh on the minds of most residents in the village.
Knowing those needs, the Port Chester PBA says it's annual Fall Food Drive comes just at the right time to extend a helping hand to local residents.
Members of the PBA are seeking donations for the food drive, which is set for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Costco on Westchester Avenue in downtown Port Chester. PBA president Rich Grall said donated food will be distributed through local food pantries and kitchens.
"Last year's food drive was a great success," Grall said. "After Sandy, I think this will really be even more helpful to a greater number of people in the village."
After Hurriance Sandy, around 8,000 Con Ed customers in Port Chester - much of the village - were without power. Today, Con Ed reports that number is down to about 300 customers.
Village Manager Christopher Steers said this morning that Port Chester remains in full "Restoration and Recovery mode."
"Power restoration is now at about 95% with about 8,801 meters restored out of about 9,286 lost during the storm," he said.
He noted that four Con Ed crews are working in the village today, including five bucket trucks.
And, Steers said Port Chester is making necessary preparations for the coming nor’easter that could hit the area.