First new truck arrives after highway garage fire

Chester. Chester will be ready for winter, says highway Superintendent Anthony LaSpina, with two more trucks coming in November.

Sep 20 2019 | 03:27 PM

Officials greeted the first new truck to arrive after a destructive fire at Chester's highway garage last April.

The fire took out three trucks and damaged five of nine bays at the garage.

Councilwoman Cindy Smith and Orange County Legislator John Vero said the new truck's arrival is good news for winter travel in Chester.

Anthony LaSpina, the town highway superintendent, noted that winter is a blink and a nod away. He said two more new trucks will arrive in early November, he said. The highway department will be at full strength when it comes time to clear roads of ice and snow, he said.

Even with the losses to fire, LaSpina said, the highway department is operating at "100 percent performance."

He and the foreman, Joseph McGowan, agreed that the highway crew is "just like family." The fire hasn't stopped workers from doing their job, LaSpina said.