CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: THE RECRIMINATIONS ARE STARTING

 

    by Rick Karlin

    It’s only three days since Irene and legislators are now starting with the accusations and recriminations against utility companies they feel have been slow to restore power, specifically NYSEG which serves much of the Mid-Hudson area and the Catskills (which were heavily damaged).

    There’s little doubt that tempers in some places will be frayed by now — Anyone going four days with no lights, running water (shower, bathroom or drinking water) and living in a wrecked house is bound to get cranky.

    That erupted a bit this morning during Gov. Cuomo’s visit to hard-hit Prattsville where one audience member loudly complained that he saw National Guard workers show up early on and leave. He was rebutted by local officials who explained that they have safety priorities. But the mood in Irene’s aftermath is bound to get testy and politicians seem to be attuned, or even exploiting this…

    Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is calling for a Senate investigation into poor response times and communication failures following Hurricane Irene. More than five days after the storm, some utility companies claim to still be assessing the damage and have failed to properly communicate estimated restoration times with customers.

    “This is not a third-world country,” said Senator Ball, who is the Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “These companies need to begin to more immediately respond to abandoned customers, struggling for basic answers and information. A suggestion of two weeks without service is unacceptable and begs for an independent hearing and investigation into New York’s apparent inability to recover and respond,” added Ball.

    Who:

    Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
    Ken Schmitt, Carmel Town Supervisor
    Marybeth Murphy, Somers Town Supervisor
    NYSEG Customers
    Other Elected Officials

    When:

    Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Where:

    Putnam Valley Senior Center
    117 Town Park Lane
    Putnam Valley, N.Y.

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    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 00:00