Storm Slams Rockland; Cuomo in Suffern Slams Utilities

O&R and its cleanup crews remain on alert in case of any damage associated with yesterday’s storm. As of 11 last night only 10 customers were without power in the area. As the fourth nor’easter was slamming our area yesterday, the governor was slamming regional utility companies’ management, which he insisted underperformed in previous storms. Governor Andrew Cuomo was at the Thruway Authority’s Hudson Valley headquarters in Suffern with Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Westchester County Executive George Latimer yesterday to give an update on the storm and its clean-up efforts. Cuomo said some area residents were without power for ten days and he called that unacceptable…

Audio: Andrew Cuomo

In declaring a State of Emergency for the lower Hudson Valley, Cuomo said there were 300 members of the National Guard deployed throughout the region, in addition to the hundreds of plows, spreaders, generators, water and meals, on top of the 6,100 utility workers preparing for potential power issues.

Audio: Ed Day

That was County Executive Ed Day who agreed with the governor about the utilities’ performance in previous storms, but he added he was encouraged that lessons had been learned. Cuomo said if the Public Service Commission’s review finds fault with the utilities, the agency could issue fines or even take away their licenses to operate.

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