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Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency after Tropical Storm Isaias’ Visit

On Day After Tropical Storm Isaias, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Declares State of Emergency

Today, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declared a state of emergency for numerous regions of the state so that local governments could recovery properly. Aside from the flooding, downed trees and other damage, the severe weather caused hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to lose power. As of the time of his announcement, well over half a million were still without power.

This comes hours after an announcement made by the Governor’s office directing the State Department of Public Service to investigate utility companies for their lack of foresight and preparation for a storm that was forecast days ahead of its arrival.

“I am directing the state Department of Public Service to launch an investigation into Verizon, PSEG Long Island, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and New York State Electric & Gas to understand how such a failure could have taken place. New Yorkers deserve answers and they deserve better,” said the Governor

New York National Guard were directed to mobilize 50 soldiers with vehicles to assist Putnam County officials with storm response, cleanup missions and ice and water distribution.

The emergency declaration is for the following boroughs, counties and regions: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk & Westchester Counties.

The following tweet from the Governor clarifies how the state of emergency applies as well to all counties bordering those specified above.

The following are details provided by the Governor’s Office:

Electric outages by company are as follows:

CHGE 64,863
CONED 180,274
NGRID 651
NYSEG 78,103
ORU 68,614
PSEG-LI 310,670
RGE 16

 

Current power outage numbers by county are as follows:

 

Albany 240
Bronx 23,989
Columbia 1,083
Delaware 140
Dutchess 43,710
Erie 412
Kings 4,152
Monroe 270
Nassau 135,720
Orange 44,757
Putnam 36,266
Queens 49,981
Rensselaer 230
Richmond 17,631
Rockland 41,395
Suffolk 169,416
Sullivan 7,815
Ulster 8,046
Warren 169
Westchester 117,636

 

 

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