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No estimated time as of now when power will be restored to almost 5,000 unincorporated Greenburgh residents out of power
Updates from conference call with Con Ed and other municipal officials about power outages
Municipal officials angry - Con Ed unprepared
NO ESTIMATED TIME WHEN POWER WILL BE RESTORED
Participated in a conference call with Con Ed officials and other municipal officials. Con Ed did not provide us with any estimated dates/times when power will be restored --will have more info on that later today.
CON ED SHORT STAFFED--SENDING IN CREWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
They indicated that 124,000 people in Westchester were out of power yesterday - currently 94,000 are out. They have 220 line personnel working --dealing with public safety and road closures. Service lines: 90 employees currently working. They were short staffed yesterday and they are waiting for more personnel to come later today to help out. They expect to ask for crews to be sent in from around the country. Crews are working to assess damage and restore power after the storm caused widespread damage. They expect to prioritize 143 critical customers - nursing homes and hospitals for restoration. Over 400 roads have been closed. People should call 1-800-75-Con Ed or visit their website: www.coned.com for more info. You can report outages on their website and also view the outage map.
CON ED WORKS WITH PUBLIC WORKS DEPTS TO CLEAR ROADS BLOCKED BY FALLING TREES AND BRANCHES
Crews must deenergize wires that are entangled in the trees before they can cut the wires and have the trees removed.
THIS WAS THE 2ND LARGEST OUTAGE SINCE HURRICANE IRENE IN 2011
The strom’s winds shoved trees and branches into power lines. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED WIRES
THE REACTION OF MOST MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS---angry and upset
Most officials were very upset with the news. We complained--some people are seeing more Verizon trucks than Con Ed. Roads have been closed. Wires down. As one official said "here we go again. Every time there is a storm we hear the same thing--crews are on the way. Why weren’t resources put in place in advance of this outage?" Greenburgh has almost 5,000 customers without power. Other communities also have significant percentages without power. Officials also complained that Con Ed did not have enough crews assigned to work around the clock.
IF YOU ARE DISABLED OR HAVE MEDICAL ISSUES --Greenburgh police will help: call 989 1700
I asked what Con Ed does if someone is on life support or has medical problems. They said encourage people to take precautions but don’t provide any special extra assistance. I then called the Police Chief. If you have medical issues our EMS unit/police will stop by -help you get the help you need. The phone is 989-1700.
WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN
I have received hundreds of calls/e mails/text messages from residents who are very upset. The town is doing the best we can. We are encouraging Con Ed to expedite the restoration. Utility companies do not answer to municipal governments - they are overseen by the NYS Public Service Commission.
THIS IS WHAT GOVERNOR CUOMO SAID IN 2018--Governor threatened to yank permits from Con Ed if power is not restored quickly.
An article in the March 21, 2018 issue of Crains said that "Governor Andrew Cuomo raised his fists to another longtime punching bag at a winter storm briefing Wednesday- Con ed. ...Cuomo again warned the company that his administration would yank its longstanding permits to provide power to the five boroughs and Westchester if customers suffer sustained loss of service. Cuomo made the same threat earlier this month when a blizzard knocked out electricity. Remember utility companies were not granted a license by God." I hope that the Governor presses Con Ed to restore power quickly.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor