Con Ed Should Work 24 Hours a Day, Hire Retirees

Suggestions to expedite power restoration.

Just learned that the Con Ed crew assigned to Greenburgh won’t  be working 24 hours. We have an emergency – over 8,000 homes without power. Very little progress has been made since the hurricane in restoring power to those who have experienced outages.  Con Ed should assign different crews to work AM and PM hours—until restoration of power is complete.

I am communicating my thoughts to every elected official who represents the town, state officials, Con Ed with the following requests/suggestions:

1) Con Ed should assign crews to areas without power 24 hours a day. No down time until all power is restored.

2) Con Ed should call in their retirees—ask their qualified retirees to help with power restoration.

3) Con Ed should authorized properly certified electricians to help out with this emergency. They should hire private companies (not just out of state contractors) who ALREADY DO STATE WORK to help out—until power is restored.

It is ridiculous that the restoration of power is taking so long. The NYS Public Service Commission should also investigate the way this crisis has been handled. I continue to receive calls from people who have major health problems –who won’t leave their homes. How many people will develop life threatening illnesses as a result of these delays?  

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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George November 05, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I believe that Westchester County got short changed in this storm. We were being told by Rob Astorino( County Executive) that Con Ed crews were working " around the clock". This is not true anyone driving around the county were asking where are the crews. The crews were sent to N.Y.C. The management at Con Ed should be held accountable for not responding to our needs.
Riverhawk November 05, 2012 at 01:16 PM
You mean they haven't done that yet?
L. Potier November 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I thought I remembered that in the past the crews would work round the clock until the repairs were completed. I am grateful that we got power back in 5 days on upper Crest because it was getting cold, particularly at night and I felt bad for families with small children: I personally had my 2 cats to keep me warm at night! Then I think it took 2 days for the repair trucks to appear in Tarrytown and no crew was around past a certain time every day. In the past you would hear the hum of the trucks and see the flashing lights at night and it was reassuring. This time, nothing at night and that was disappointing and frustrating. I hope that they are working 24 hours a days in the other much more devastated areas!
Tanisha November 07, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Con Ed has plenty of qualified applicants waiting to be hired. Had they been responsive and efficient in the hiring process to begin with then maybe they would have extra hands to recover from the storm. Instead Con Ed is forced to hire outside contractors and union workers from other states to clean up this mess created by Sandy. To date, it has been 11 months and counting since I passed thier exams, interviews, and etc. Still no response from Con Edison's human resource department. So while we are on the topic of investigating. Let's send a team to investigate the Human Resources Department. Sincerly, An Electrical Engineer willing to help in the recovery process.
John Moschetti November 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
good ideas


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