LOHUD: GREG BALL: THE WAIT FOR POWER IS “TOO DAMN LONG”

 

     

    Sen. Greg Ball is knocking utility companies for not more quickly restoring power to the hard hit Hudson Valley.

    Utilities estimate it could take as many as 10 days 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, R-Patterson, Putnam County, 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 a little progress in outages overnight: 113,500 at 3 p.m. yesterday to 107,400 as of this morning.

    The number declined slightly in Putnam County from 32,500 to 32,200 outages, and in Westchester County it actually increased from 31,300 to 31,800.

    Ball said in an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau that Con Ed has not indicated when it would be providing dry ice to customers. He said there appears to be a lack of communication among utilities. A senior living facility in Yorktown has 250 residents in the dark, he said.

    “It’s groundhog day again and again,” Ball said of the failure of utilities to improve their clean-up efforts. (ARTICLE)