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Yorktown Supervisor Criticizes ConEd's Power Restoration Effort

Michael Grace was blunt when it came to talking about ConEd's storm cleanup response during a press conference at Cortlandt Town Hall.

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace was among several officials who held a press conference on Wednesday to speak out about ConEd's handling of power restoration.

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Evan Bray November 08, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Glad the supervisor reads the Patch comments and changed his tune from the utilites are working in an"expeditious manner" to "slow." No power is only an inconvenience, we appreciate the efforts of those that have flocked here from around the country to risk their lives to get us back on the grid, but let's call a spade a spade: it's been a long, hard, slow slog and the utilities can do better. We should fine 11 million dollar a year CEO Kevin Burke (ConEd) $100,000 a day until we ALL have power again. This is a very welcome flip flop. http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/yorktown-supervisor-utilities-work-in-expeditious-manner-to-restore-power
Evan Bray November 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM
We don't have to call it a flip flop, we can just say his position evolved.
Jeff Siegel November 08, 2012 at 12:38 PM
If Micahael Grace was so Concerened how come he couldn't be reached at town hall during the emergernbcy and calls to ihis office were not returned. Eventhough Town hall was being powered by gererator?
Ros Kliban November 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
NYSEG did such a good job? How come for three days I was told that power would be on by 11 pm Monday, When I called Monday at 8:15 pm to find out what was happening, because I had yet to see a NYSEG or any other similar vehicle on my street, I was told power had been restored at 7:55 pm. It took me a few minutes to convince them that I and the rest of the block had no power. We finally had power restored just as the snow storm began. At 9:00 pm I received an automated call from NYSEG that the 11PM Wednesday restoration time was in jeopardy due to the storm condition. Obviously all the modern devices in the world cannot keep NYSEG up to date on the real time progress of their crews. Heck of a job NYSEG. By the way, a repair man form NYSEG explained to me that they say power was restored so they avoid fines. Don't know if that is correct or not, but but it gives you something to think about.
Jay Horgan November 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Sems like Spervisor Grace cant make up his mind, Just the other day he praised the Con Ed and NYSGE companies for doing a great job. I am glad he has finaly seen the DAYLIGHT on this mess!!!!! The utilities companies need to be held accountable for their actions, ( or no actions in this case)
Rob Cristofero November 08, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I think the crews are working very hard, some are away from their families for weeks, even local crews. However, the NYSEG management has failed us miserably. They only know how to be is reactionary and not proactive. This is a philosophy that is not easily fixed. Too bad for we customers who have no real choice in power.
Anne Iacobuzio November 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Forget about NYSEG, Yorktown did a lousy job plowing yesterday. Van Cortlandt Circle (closer to Triangle Center) wasn't plowed and I got stuck on the hill at 6 pm. Five hours later, at 11pm, my husband tried to get home. He drove around Van Cortlandt Circle (closer to Sultant) until Parker where the plow had stopped. He turned around, went back onto Ridge and he could not make it up Van Cortlandt Circle. He had to leave his car on the side of the road. Our patch of Van Cortlandt was not plowed until 12:30 am. I pay taxes so I can get my car into my drive.
Gerry Heintz November 08, 2012 at 04:47 PM
NYSEG needed more crews cutting trees. I did not see a single NYSEG truck until Wednesday. They need a better plan. i cringe when they say it was a "bad storm". No kidding! Plan for a bad storms and minimize outages!
Jonathan Nettelfield November 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It seems that the real issue is not being addressed: the combination of trees, power lines above the ground and severe weather will never end in anything but tears. One is reminded of that definition of insanity whereby you do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. As our society becomes more and more reliant on the delivery of power to our homes (and yes, more fragile as a result), perhaps it's time to reassess the early 20th century solution to power delivery: stringing wires up along roads. What are our choices? Well we could clearcut all the trees along our roadsides but that would dramatically alter the landscape and it's only a temporary solution as they have the annoying habit of growing back. Or we could do what pretty much every other first world country does, which is to put power lines underground where they are protected from the vicissitudes of increasingly unruly weather. Yes it's expensive, but so are multi-day power cuts and crews reconnecting wires every few months. I believe that it is time to demand that our power companies, and the elected officials that issue them licenses, take this issue seriously and present us a plan that deals with this problem for the long term. I just don't want to keep having the discussion as to whether the power crews are working well or not.
Elizabeth November 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Sister lives off Cliff road in Yorktown near Peter Pratts, still no repairs or electric since Sandy storm. How long will it be??

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