Mayor: Storm Destroys Several Homes, Mascot Dock

Despite damage, Mayor Pontieri says the Village is in pretty good shape compared to neighboring areas.

Patchogue Village was by no means spared by Hurricane Sandy--up to a dozen homes may have been destroyed and Mascot Dock was torn apart--but Mayor Paul Pontieri says the Village weathered the storm the best it could have hoped for. 

"Compared to what they are going through, we are in pretty good shape," Pontieri said, referring to areas such as Babylon and Lindenhurst, where officials have estimated 70 percent of the homes near the water may have been rendered uninhabitable by Sandy. 

In the Village, there were about 1,700 LIPA customers without power as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, but more than 70 percent of the Village currently has power. That's not so bad considering more than 70 percent of Long Islanders currently have no power. 

The outages that remain are mainly due to trees down on wires that LIPA has yet to clear, Pontieri said. 

South Patchogue certainly took a beating from the storm. "A number of people lost their homes and lost a lot," the mayor said, adding that buffers from parkland, such as Shorefront Park, helped mitigate the water damage to many homes. 

Pontieri gave credit to Patchogue Fire Department Chief Joe Perry for leading rescue efforts of 50-60 people from their homes when Sandy struck. Most people did take evacuation orders of low-lying areas seriously, though, Pontieri said. 

Mascot Dock, which was still on the mend from damages suffered from Tropical Storm Irene last year, was destroyed by the storm and Pontieri said he expects it to be closed until the spring/early summer. 

"That's the biggest piece of damage on public property," he said of Mascot Dock. "Everything has been torn up." 

Pontieri said the Village would look into something "much more permanent, something concrete" when rebuilding the area so it can withstand violent storms. 

"Hopefully we will come up with something that will secure it enough," Pontieri said. 

Pontieri said the focus in the coming days will be on checking on storm drains, picking up branches and making the streets safe for residents and drivers. 

The Village's Department of Public Works will also be open this weekend (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday) so residents can drop off materials they have cleaned out from their homes for free. 

Andrea Stolz October 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Glad to hear that the Village doesn't want to get rid of Mascot Dock!
John Bogack October 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Unless the parking lot next to Village Hall is going to be used for refuse I would guess it is the lot at Waverly avenue that is going to be open? if so that is good news. There is no doubt there is a lot of junk and storm related debris that people need to move off their property now.
Joseph Keyes November 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
John - yes, it is the DPW lot on Waverly Ave that the Mayor is referring to. It will be operating 8a-4p on Sat and 9a-1p on Sun. Also a reminder that the DPW crews will continually be 'making rounds' throughout the Village in the coming weeks to ensure that all residents get the opportunity to have brush and other storm related debris removed.
feduponbay November 01, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Paul here is your chance to make a respectable marina at Mascot dock, hope its not just political talk.
Joseph LoSchiavo November 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Hope all are well. Although not a resident of the Village, Mascot Dock is a key element of Patchogue. A true piece of history in the village. Sad to see it like that. PLEASE Rebuild Soon.
Mildred Taverna Bonaventura November 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Mascot Dock park. My grandkids favorite playground sad.. I'm sure the Mayor will see fit to repair it once again.
feduponbay November 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
They never repaired it fully last storm, and they gave away the floating docks and gave away the pilings.
nicci November 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I think adding something to make the houses safe should be done first before the dock gets costly renovations. I love the dock but real estate should come first to maintain value down by the water.
Laurie Greene November 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Aww wow my heart breaks to see the L dock destroyed.
Living in the Village November 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
feduponbay November 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Fix the dock for gods sake! its a waterfront village! How do we not have a marina?? Even before the storms it was pathetic. What is the plan, its not even spoken about, if Paul had a boat it would not be like this..
feduponbay November 29, 2012 at 02:16 AM
stop spending the fema money on corruption
feduponbay January 08, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Paul please buy a boat, use village money if you have to, the village needs their marina back.
Patchogue Snoop January 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I think the Village collected FEMA $$$$$$$$$ last year when he gave his pals at Leeward Cove the docks for free. Hey Pauli dont let a good tragedy go to waste now. Condemn it and let your buddies at Lombardies build out onto the bay with a night club, circus, amusement park, and a parking gargae to take overflow from your friends at Tritec. You could be their spokesman again!!!!!!
feduponbay January 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM
did he use the fema money from Irene to buy his new village SUV?


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