As the number of power outages dropped to 1.6 million in New York this morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last night gave a stern warning to the state’s power companies: Your future in New York is at risk if you don’t move it.
“The state regulates these utilities, and it’s my intention to take into consideration the way the utilities handle this restoration when it comes to their regulation and their licensing, Cuomo said last night.
“The utilities work for the people of this state, and the state is the regulator to make sure that they are performing their services adequately and responsibly. I believe how they prepared for the storm and how they repair after the storm is indicative and evidentiary of how well they are performing for the people of this. So I fully intend to hold them accountable and I’ve informed them as such.”
Cuomo said he spoke to the heads of many of the state’s utilities yesterday and urged them to pick up the pace.
As of this morning, LIPA reported 715,851 outages, Con Edison reported 632,965 outages. Orange & Rockland had 129,243 outages, and NYSEG had 83,299 outages.
The outages are draining people’s patience.
The Journal News reported today that Con Edison is focused mainly on New York City, leaving nearly 200,000 Westchester County still facing a black out.