YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Even as the snow from this past weekend’s storm melts away, local politicians aren’t letting what they feel is a lack of adequate response from power company NYSEG drift from their agenda.
A freak snow storm that left thousands of Yorktown residents without power for days and some for nearly a week, has gotten local and state officials to investigate New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) for its “lack of responsiveness.”
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – (11/04/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, today was joined by elected leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley, calling for an investigation into the slow response time by NYSEG following last weekend’s Nor’easter. In addition to holding a hearing to examine the root of the problem at NYSEG, Chairman Ball is also introducing legislation that would prohibit a foreign-owned company from operating utility services in New York State.
Brewster, N.Y. – (11/07/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) today was joined by business leaders from throughout Putnam County announcing the need for collaboration in moving forward several shovel ready projects in the agriculture, technology, commercial, real estate, energy and manufacturing sectors. The projects represent over 3,000 permanent and 1,500 construction jobs. If state sponsored economic development support is approved, these projects could provide a significant boost to job creation and a big increase in local municipal revenues to support schools and public services.
Rochester, NY – NYSEG now has applications online for its Emergency Economic Development Programs for eligible businesses, municipalities, large residential establishments, agri-businesses and farms affected by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. NYSEG’s request to spend up to $7 million on these programs was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission on October 19.
Rochester, NY – NYSEG crews have now restored 92% of the 109,000 services that were interrupted as a result of the “October Surprise” snowstorm, primarily in the company’s Brewster, Liberty and Mechanicville operating divisions.
Brewster, N.Y. – (11/02/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, tonight formally congratulated Retired Specialist Arthur Hanley on his nomination to the Inaugural 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Before Joseph Lhota takes over as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he can expect to hear two phrases from the Lower Hudson Valley’s state senators: “payroll tax” and “forensic audit.”
Bolstered by mutual aid support from as far away as Chattanooga, Tenn., Central Hudson crews continued their steady progress today in the methodical task of restoring service in the aftermath of a powerful storm that dumped up to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow onto trees that were still heavy with foliage and left more than 3 million Northeastern homes and businesses without electricity on Saturday.
Rochester, NY – NYSEG expects to complete 90% of its power restoration work in the company’s Brewster Division (parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, where NYSEG serves 85,000 customers) by the end of Wednesday and the remainder of the work by the end of Friday.