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...If it is proven that Con Ed did not use reasonable care in preparing for storms by having adequate crews on the ground than customers should be able to collect damages
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Last week the NYS Senate and Assembly heard testimony for 12 hours about the recent Con Ed outages. The link to the testimony can be found below. Municipal officials (including me) testified around the 11th hour of the hearing. I recommended that the state give the Governor emergency powers to overrule Con Ed. I also believe that the National Guard should be called in after the storm to assist Con Ed removing downed trees that block roads. That would expedite restorations in the future. And pointed out that Con Ed only trims tree branches impacting Con Ed wires. Verizon and Altice have wires below Con Ed wires. Con Ed doesn’t have an agreement to trim those wires. Makes no sense. If a tree branch falls on a Altice or Verizon wire Con Ed’s power could also be lost. i also suggested that Con Ed give ratepayers automatic refunds for days on which they do not have power.
LINK TO STATE SENATE/ASSEMBLY HEARING-- MUNICIPAL https://www.nysenate.gov/calendar/public-hearings/august-20-2020/joint-public-hearing-address-emergency-storm-response-and. The discussion with Westchester municipal officials begins at around the 11 hour mark.