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10 Days After Sandy, New Castle Gets More Utility Crews

In update video, County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz says 31 crews working in town, although outage have gone up amid restoration.

Ten days since Hurricane Sandy left thousands without power in New Castle, the number remains stubbornly high.

In a video status update on Wednesday, Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz, whose district includes the town, said that there are 3,345 Con Edison customers in New Castle without power, up from 3,050 on Tuesday. The increase, Kaplowitz said, was explained by the utility as needing to bring people down while based on the lines they're working on.

In good news for New Castle, Kaplowitz announced that there are now 31 utility crews, including 127 personnel, working to help return power to the town, up from 11 on Tuesday. Also, a clearance crew brought in by Con Edison is also done with its joint work with the town's Department of Public Works in clearing roads, Kaplowitz said in the video, but added that if people see any roads still blocked then they should report them to the town.

Kaplowitz, in the video, continued to express his sympathy with the public, as folks in towns are frustrated with local government in handling the crisis. He described Con Edison as not being cooperative, with communication between the company and officials as “very problematic.”

“I'm as burned as any of you are...” 

The video can be found on the town's website.

S November 08, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Disgraceful lack of disaster planning and coordination on behalf of our representatives.
mary November 08, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Yes a ton of trucks finally showed up last night at 4PM on Seven Bridges just in time for the snow No progress whatsoever ! Too little too late Starting to believe we will NEVER get power
Lori November 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I'm feeling that way too. But on Wednesday last week both the town and con Ed were all arrogance, now they are all contrition. As so many have said greed and politics. Con ed management did not want to pay out of state crews until after, and con ed workers would not let them through if they wouldn't join con ed union. And our town leadership had no clue how anything worked, so she had no alternative plan other than to fret.
Michele November 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Con Ed website is not accurate as to when power will come on. Also called numerous times. Whoever is accessing damage is not getting it right. We've had an electrical pole and lines down since the storm and they just dispatched that info yesterday that lines can't be repaired until the pole is repaired! Really?
Neal November 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The town response has been disgraceful. So has ConEd's for that matter. Now that the election is over it seems that none of the local politicans even care anymore. Where is Nita Lowey? Why is she not all over ConEd????

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