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December 2012 Newsletter

As our region continues along the road to recovering from Hurricane Sandy, we would like to take a moment to pause during this holiday season and thank you, our colleagues and clientele, for your friendship and patronage.  We know that the tri-state area offers a choice of many professionals to assist you with your engineering and inspection needs, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with you.  We extend our best wishes to you during this holiday season.

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. is pleased to have presented at and participated on a panel of professionals during the annual Rockland County STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Conference for High School students.

Recent Projects

  • Assistance with cost estimating and claims analysis on a New Jersey Department of Transportation roadway resurfacing project
  • Forensic Engineering services regarding a construction accident which occurred at Lincoln Center
  • Structural engineering inspections, evaluations, certifications, and design services regarding Hurricane Sandy damage throughout both Westchester and Rockland Counties

Mayor Bloomberg signs emergency order to waive application and permit fees for Hurricane Sandy repair and reconstruction work

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an emergency order to waive all Department of Buildings application and permit fees for repair work to buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To help New Yorkers affected by the storm, buildings with significant structural damage in need of demolition, alterations or reconstruction will have all their repair work fees waived and all fees for electrical and plumbing repair work will be waived for any building damaged by the storm until further notice. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Department of Buildings has been performing rapid assessment inspections of buildings damaged by the storm. Under this process, the agency has inspected approximately 80,000 buildings citywide and these inspected buildings and
blocks have been tagged with green, yellow and red placards based on their condition. 

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. has been providing its clientele with structural engineering inspections, evaluations, certifications, and design services since Hurricane Sandy struck our area.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Facts about Overhead Electrical Service Connections

If a storm, such as Hurricane Sandy, damages your building’s overhead electric service, service restoration could go more smoothly if you’re able to identify which connections are the utility company’s responsibility and which are yours.

For those in the Rockland County area, Orange & Rockland is responsible for repairing or replacing, free of charge, the service wire coming in from the street to the connection point on your structure. The safe removal of tree limbs interfering with the service wire, however, is the responsibility of the building owner. At the request of an owner, O&R will detach the service wire free of charge while work is being done to safely clear tree limbs from the path of the wire. The glass electric meter is also O&R’s responsibility. If the meter is damaged, O&R will repair or replace it for free. Otherwise, the service bracket and all the hardware running from the connection point of the service wire, down the side of the structure (weatherhead, entrance cable, meter pan) and into the building, are your responsibility. An electrician can repair or replace that equipment, if damaged..

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide inspection and consulting services regarding storm damage to structures and their systems, including electrical services.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

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