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Yorktown Councilmen Want NYSGEC, Con Ed Investigated

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown Councilmen Jim Martorano and Nick Bianco are calling for an investigation of Con Edison and NYSGEC days after a Tropical Storm Irene swept through the area.

“We are calling on the PSC (New York State Public Service Commission) to investigate the amazingly poor response of Con Edison and NYSGEC to the recent hurricane,” said Martorano and Bianco in a joint statement Monday. “They had 10 days notice to prepare and yet today after the storm our citizens are completely frustrated by their lack of preparation and action.”

The councilmen cited the following reasons for their disapproval: -There is a noticeable lack of work crews being deployed by both companies. -When you call to complain you are met with inefficient and discourteous responses.-The little bit of dry ice that was supplied by the companies was too little too late and was depleted in one hour’s time.

The two councilmen said the companies had no excuse for the response.

“There is absolutely no excuse for such a terrible response from these two utilities when they received an extraordinary amount of time to prepare for this storm and its aftermath,” they said. “We in Yorktown were well prepared but it means nothing when the utilities perform at such an irresponsible level.”

On Monday, NYSEG said more than 1,400 workers are handling the massive numbers of power lines and trees down.

Con Edison said that it too brought in extra crews to handle the extraordinary number of downed trees, power lines and flooding. In a press release Monday afternoon, Con Edison said it had restored power to more than half of its 187,800 total customers affected by the storm.

According to the power companies’ respective power outage maps on their websites, as of Monday night, there are still over 4,700 out of 6,400 NYSEG Yorktown customers without power -- this number has remained the same since Monday morning. At the same time, of Con Edison’s 8,173 Yorktown customers, there are 2,186 without power. Monday morning, more than 2,400 Con Edison customers were without power.

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