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Wednesday Update: Power Restoration from Con Ed and NYSEG

Local lawmakers have been critical of the response time of the utility company.

As of Wednesday at noon, 3,543 NYSEG customers and 1,205 Con Ed customers remain without power in Yorktown. 

In a statement released this morning, NYSEG reported that the majority of customers who are still without power are projected to have service restored by Friday night; all power is projected to be restored early next week for the 21,000 customers in its Brewster Division (parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties).

NYSEG officials said that of the 277,000 power interruptions that occured because of the storm damage, they have restored approximately 224,000 services, or 81 percent.

According to a press release from Con Edison, electric service has been restored to 90 percent of the affected customers. Officials said they expect to restore power to all Westchester County customers by late Thursday night.

In Westchester, the communities with the highest number of customers still without power due to the storm include North Castle, Cortlandt, and New Castle. In all, about 17,000 customers in Westchester are without power due to the storm. Officials said, Con Ed restores lines that will "provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible," and then moves on to restore small groups and individual customers who are still without power.

"Hurricane Irene’s fierce winds knocked trees into power lines, poles and transformers, causing more power outages in Con Edison’s service area than any other storm in history," the press release read. 

Earlier this week, of the response time of both Con Ed and NYSEG.

Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson) issued a statement this afternoon calling for a Senate investigation into the "poor response times and communication failures" following Hurricane Irene. 

"This is not a third-world country," he said. "These companies need to begin to more immediately respond to abandoned customers, struggling for basic answers and information."

Nobody August 31, 2011 at 04:53 PM
I really hope something gets done about this. I hope the lawmakers and town supervisors follow through and force some change in how these utility companies operate. All in all this storm was not that bad, what would have happened if it was a category 2 storm or worse? How long would power be out then? I am a NYSEG customer so can only speak to how they have handled this and it has been ridiculous. Pitiful response. This absurd "assessment" period that is somehow still going four days after the storm?? The funny part is I just got my NYSEG bill in the mail. Think I'll be "assessing" that for some time before I pay it.
Somersres August 31, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Maybe enough of us should not pay our bill, so the NYSEG monopoly will stand up and take notice.
Martin August 31, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Nobody, your right the storm didn’t hit Yorktown as hard as has hit other areas. You have to step out of you’re little world of Yorktown and see the extent of damage. The last thing you want is the local lawmaker that will just cost us more.
Nobody August 31, 2011 at 06:28 PM
So Martin, our well being is better off in these corporation's hands? You think they have your best interests in mind? Wake up and open your eyes.
Nobody August 31, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I don't think anyone in their right mind is blaming the linemen. The blame is on the corporations who employ them.
Martin September 01, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Nobody I don’t plan to get in a long drawn out dialog with you or anyone else. I also don’t think people blame the line workers, for the most part. What I think is that people should take a step back and instead of pointing fingers at the companies or looking to the so called lawmakers for investigations. We should look what we should do to better prepare OUR selves. From the littlest thing of picking stuff up off the floor so it doesn’t get wet, to bigger items like the installation of a generator. Being prepared for events that may happen is the smart thing to do. Think of this. If you drive to work every day with no problems until the one day the road you would normally take is closed for road work; do you have an alternative route? If yes that’s being prepared. I know we can’t prepare for everything, but if you are faced with a situation like a medical condition then you have to think of the so called WHAT IF. If one doesn’t they are foolish.
Martin September 01, 2011 at 11:43 AM
“So Martin, our well being is better off in these corporation’s hands?” Please Mr. Nobody do not include me by using the word OUR. My wellbeing is in my hands and my hands only as it should be with everyone that can. Blaming the corporation’s on what? Looking to make their share holders money, the blame falls on the people who hold stocks in them. They want to see profits up and cost down. So really who is to blame? No worries Mr. Nobody my eyes are open I see the wasteful spending that goes on every day in local government. It is very simple. Be prepared because shit happens!!!

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