Tuesday, March 16, 2010

GREENBURGH TOWN SUPERVISOR WANTS GOVERNOR TO CALL IN NATIONAL GUARD TO HELP CON ED RESTORE POWER

Release Date: March 15, 2010 - from Greenburgh Town web site


FEINER TO ASK GOVERNOR TO CALL NATIONAL GUARD TO SPEED UP RESTORATION OF CON ED POWER OUTAGES TREES STILL DOWN...ROADS STILL CLOSED...WIRES DOWN WHY SHOULD BROOKLYN, QUEENS, BRONX GET POWER BACK WED...STATEN ISLAND THURSDAY AND WESTCHESTER FRIDAY?

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner announced that he is asking Governor David Patterson to call in the National Guard to speed up restoration of Con Ed power outages. Feiner said that thousands of Greenburgh & Westchester residents are still out of power. Restoration of power in Greenburgh is progressing slowly. Some residents have reported that their power has been restored. But, many Greenburgh residents are still out of power. Trees are still down, roads are still closed, wires are down. It's dangerous.

The National Guard should be used to help Con Ed restoration teams get power back on and to help localities clean up the debris, remove downed trees. We have residents in the town who can't get out of their driveways because trees are blocking their driveways. If the National Guard provided local governments & Con Ed with assistance we could get back in shape much faster. The National Guard could also be used to direct traffic at locations where traffic lights are not working.

Feiner is also complaining that Con Ed is putting Westchester last on the list of communities that are getting their power restored. A press release sent out by Con Ed on Monday night indicated that all of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx will get back power Wednesday. Staten Island will get back power Thursday and Westchester will get back power on Friday. This is unfair. Con Ed should be giving equal treatment to all counties that are impacted by the power outages.

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