A new generator will be installed at the Bedford Police Station in Bedford Hills after the town board unanimously voted on Tuesday for an emergency declaration to replace it.
The legislation means that the Town of Bedford is waiving some competitive bidding requirements, Supervisor Lee Roberts explained. Roberts described the unit as an "antiquated" generator and that it is “hanging on by a thread.”
The onset of hurricane season is the impetus for the hurried pace. Last year, when Hurricane Sandy hit, the current generator did not turn on and required a repair, Police Chief William Hayes said. Spare parts are not available for the units, Hayes said, and added that it is from the 1970s.
“When it's supposed to kick on we cross our fingers and hope that it does," the chief said.