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.