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Pelham Residents Concerned About Harsh Winter

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham traffic officer Denise Boyle-Quatroni spends her days patrolling the streets of town checking for parking violations. She must be prepared to brave the cold when winter arrives.

Boyle-Quatroni said that the large amount of precipitation during the summer could be a precursor to a harsh winter but said she will be ready when the cold comes.

“We know how to dress for the winter, so we’re used to it,” Boyle-Quatroni said.

The police officer said dressing in layers is the key to surviving the cold. She also said people should be aware of ice that will form on the ground.

Pelham citizens, including Fred Ramos, are worried about a potentially devastating snowstorm next season.

“The weather has been crazy lately,” said Ramos. “I've never seen weather like this in my life. Yeah, I'm concerned about it. We got a snowstorm so early. It took about 100 years to have a snowstorm that early.”

Ramos is also concerned about energy costs going up with the snowstorms starting earlier than usual.

“When you think about energy and costs, they're going up,” said Ramos. “Money to heat your home, it's just crazy. I think it's going to be a long winter. It's not even winter yet and we've seen cold weather early.”

Most residents of the community, including Jamie Paul, thought that Pelham's response to the October snowstorm was adequate.

“They've always been ready,” said Paul. “On the occasions when there's been a lot of snow, it takes them a while, but they do get up, and get in there to clear it. A lot of people complain, but they still get it done in time.”

Even though the snow has caused problems for Pelham residents, one citizen enjoys the snow.

“I like the snow and I like the change of seasons,” said Tricia DiNapoli, owner of Tricia's Unisex Salon. “It's pretty and takes away the ugliness of the streets.”

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