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October 2009 Newsletter

What’s New

Last month we announced that Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. was honored with a Presidential Citation by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.  The Journal News reported the honor in their October 4th edition.  We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Yarmus will be honored as a member of the “40 Under 40” of Rockland County for making his mark on the county through his commitment to growth, development, professional excellence, and to the community at large.

Recent Projects

  •  Mediate a landlord-tenant dispute over gas-metering and usage charges in Rockland County
  • Review of construction practices where a staircase collapsed, injuring a worker, in Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Opine on the relative safety of a display rack in a major retail store in Long Island, NY

Electromagnetic Levels Jolt School Board to Shut Down Classes

A New Jersey school was set to shut down October 1st rather than chance having children exposed to electromagnetic fields from nearby power lines.  The decision was made by the Fredon Township School Board after negotiations with PSE&G fell through.

In a September 9, 2009 story published on the WNBC NY website, John Flora, School Board President, said “We cannot continue to have our children exposed to dangerous EMF levels every day that they sit in a classroom or play on our playground.  PSE&G is a billion dollar company; we are a tiny school board.  But we will not allow a giant utility company to put a dollar value on the lives of our children”.  PSE&G, however, stated that they “believe that neither the existing line nor the proposed line present health or safety concerns to the school children or residents of Fredon”.  Please click here to read the full story.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. owns its own EMF measuring equipment, and is available to test for and consult regarding the effects of such electromagnetic fields.  Please contact our office if we can be assistance to you or your clients. 

A Cheap Fix for Climate: Retrofitting

The New York State Senate recently passed a landmark energy efficiency and green jobs bill.  The bill has already passed the state Assembly, and is apparently likely to be signed by the governor.  The bill will enable regulators to loan out as much as $13,000 for residential customers and as much as $26,000 for qualifying businesses to improve the energy efficiency of a home or business.  The loan would then be paid back through monthly deductions culled from the energy savings arising from the retrofit.

On September 13, 2009, the New York Times published an article regarding this new bill.  Please click here to read the full story.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide consultations and design services for such energy conservation projects, as well as general renovations, space reconfigurations, additions, etc.  Please contact our office if we can be assistance to you or your clients. 

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