Blackout causes Westchester businesses to lose thousands

The blackout of 2003 did a number on local businesses' earnings.

When the lights went out last Thursday, many businesses were left with no choice but to close shop. And for food stores, shelves had to be emptied, costing owners thousands of dollars. At the Mini-Meateria, owner Frank Chietro says he threw away about $10,000 worth of meat and poultry.

Meanwhile, some owners like Richard Scarchilli stayed in business during the blackout by buying a portable generator. He kept his Yorktown Heights Carvel store open and his inventory cold thanks to the generator.

The blackout also brought about some reports of price gauging. The Consumer Protection Agency has received complaints about prices being inflated during the blackout. To file a complaint, call 914-995-2155.

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