By Juan DeJesus
With some local residents still without power, legislators question utility companies’ response time to Irene.
Local lawmakers are responding to complaints from area residents regarding the widespread power outages incurred from Tropical Storm Irene, calling into question the readiness of utility companies to deal with another large-scale disaster.
Sunday marks one week since Irene blasted its way through the Eastern seaboard and into New York, causing fallen trees, several feet of flooding and extensive power outages throughout areas in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. One week later, some residents in those areas are still without electricity.
A representative from New York State Electric & Gas reports that just over 300 homes are without power in their Brewster division and 2,900 customers throughout New York State still remain without power.
According to Con Edison, of its approximated 187,800 customers in New York City and Westchester County who lost power due to the storm, about 32,400 don’t have electricity restored.
“We’ve had other storms, but I’ve never seen such slow response times,” said Councilman James Martorano (D-Yorktown).
Martorano and his fellow councilman Nicholas Bianco (R-Patterson) put out a press release Monday calling for an investigation into the readiness of our utility companies and the state of New York’s aging electrical grid.
The crux of the investigation appears to focus on NYSEG, which many believe was slow on the draw when acquiring out-of-state crews to aide in the restoration efforts.
State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Paterson) voiced his discontent, citing a shortage of dry ice for those affected and a lack of accurate and up-to-the-moment communication from the utility company. (READ MORE)