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    by Bob Dumas

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Sen. Greg Ball had harsh for words for utility companies Wednesday for not restoring power more quickly to the hard-hit Hudson Valley.

    He noted that the companies estimated it could take as many as 10 days in some cases for power to be restored.

    “We applaud the first responders, law enforcement, fire and work crews working around the clock, yet according to the current predictions, utilities are expecting power restoration to take over a week – this is absolutely unacceptable; 10 days is too damn long,” Ball said in a statement.

    “We need the utilities to communicate more openly with the towns and local work crews and work in partnership. We also need the utilities to immediately provide real updates on their websites, with estimated times for power restoration.”

    NYSEG reported that as of 5 p.m. Wednesday 31,555 of its 32,524 customers remained without power.

    Ball, who spent the day helping to distribute dry ice and bottled water at locations throughout northern Westchester, said he was concerned about elderly residents stuck in cold, dark homes without power.

    “We are going to have a very bad situation if we can’t take care of this in a couple of days,” he said while handing out bags of dry ice at the Lewisboro Town House on Wednesday afternoon. (ARTICLE)