County Executive George Latimer Briefing the Media on the recovery efforts to restore power
WPCNR THE POWER STORY. By John F. Bailey.March 5, 2018:
County Executive George Latimer in a news conference late Sunday afternoon said Con Edison was not prepared to handle the storm that blasted Westchester with 45 mile per hour to 73 MPH wind gusts (at Westchester Airport) uprooted hundreds of trees, cutting off power to 72,000 Westchester Customers by Saturday morning.
Con Edison, after crews cleared debris was making up the number of restorations at the rate of about a 1,000 an hour. Since the 4 PM news conference ended at 5 PM yesterday, 12,000 customers (a customer represents one meter), had been restored bring the number in the county without power to 41,654 at 1:30 AM Monday morning.
Latimer praised the county towns and cities public works crews whom he said were ready to clear debris and fallen trees in areas that had lost power, but the mayors of all the towns told him that Con Edison delayed in shutting power to areas where debris had blocked roads, delaying the rollout of Con Ed’s own recovery efforts.
Asked by WPCNR how many cities and towns had reported significant Con Ed delay in shutting down power to the afflicted areas of their towns, Latimer said
“All of them, all 45.”
Asked what was the average time of delay the towns experienced, Latimer said he did not have an average. Asked if after the roads were cleared, was Con Ed speedy in rushing restoration crews, he and the entourage in chorus, said they were.
Asked as of 4:30 PM what percentage of the Westchester towns and cities had cleared fallen debris and trees making them Con Ed-ready, a Westchester public safety official said the county did not have a percentage of how many ready-to-restore cities and towns were waiting for Con Ed as of 5 PM Sunday.
Latimer said he and his staff had inspected the damage in Yorktown, Bedford and areas in the north end of the county and said the damage was “devastating.” He began the news conference at the Hudson Valley Transportation Center Sunday afternoon, announcing 54,000 Con Edison Customers were still without power, and 22,000 customers of New York State Electric and Gas were unconnected.
He said the chief of NYSEG apologized to Mr. Latimer for NYSEG being “unresponsive” to county officials Friday evening and communications had improved.( Latimer had sent out a news release castigating the NYSEG lack of communication. )
Latimer said Con Edison has promised full restoration by Tuesday about noon. NYSEG is promising full restoration sometime today Monday.
Progress in restoring power to Westchester residents who are growing increasingly angry, Latimer said, at 48 hours or more wihout power, has progressed since the 5 PM Sunday hour. A total of 12, 363 have been restored since then according to the Con Edison Storm Center map, leaving 41,654 still in the dark and the cold.
The County Executive said traffic lights at crossroads were still out in a number of communities at 5 PM and motorists should come to full stops before entering the intersections.
An intersection a half mile from the Transportation Center where the news conference was being conducted had just a stop sign (seen slightly to the left of center in the middle of the intersection as traffic lights were dark. No blinking caution light. No police presence. This was the busy speedway of Route 100 at the Hospital Road overpass.
The head of the Public Service Commission said snow in the midwest meant that work crews from Ohio, Illinois Michigan could not be counted on to supplement Con Ed and NYSEG crews.”We are on our own,” he said. He also promised the press the Public Service Commission would be taking a hard look at how the utilities handled this storm damage. A representive from the Governor’s office said 200 National Guardsmen were being sent to Westchester to deploy as the county sees fit.
The media awaits the County Executive, shown in maroon sweater, right background
Here is how the Con Ed Storm Center Map shows the outages at 1:30 A.M. Monday morning:
WHITE PLAINS– 24 OUTAGES, 363 Customers without power
Pelham: 71 Outages, 545 Customers No Power
Mamaroneck: 74 Outages; 919 Customers Powerless
Larchmont: 530 Outages; 2,050 Customers No power
Harrison: 74 Outages, 930 Customers Out
Elmsford: 37 Outages, 1,039 Customers No Power
Quakeridge area: 55 Outages, 1,448 Customers Out
Bronxville: 62 Outages, 637 Customers Powerless
Sleepy Hollow: 20 Outages, 368 Customers Out
Hawthorne: 16 Outages, 375 Out
Thornwood: 18 Outages, 163 Powerless
Dobbs Ferry: 24 Outages, 156 No Power
Yorktown: 45 Outages, 292 Customers Out
Mount Vernon (either side of the Bronx River Parkway): 45 Outages, 1,617 Customers W/O Power
Scarsdale: 30 Outages, 761 Out
Greenville: 33 Outages, 179 Out of Power
Hastings on Hudson: 36 Outages, 415 W/O Power
Valhalla Area: 30 Outages, 1,318 No Power
Peekskill Area: 91 Outages, 1,557 Customers Out
Mohegan Lake: 36 Outages, 1,100 Customer Powerless
Shrub Oak: 31 Outages, 1,091 Customers Unconnected
Mt Kisco-Bedford area: 73 Outages, 504 Customers Out
Pleasantville: 57 Outages, 585 Customers, No Power
Armonk: 41 Outages, 1,065 Customers Out
Rye City, Rye Brook Area: 58 Outages, 509 Customers Not Connected
Chapaqua Millbrook: 51 Outages, 706 Customers No Power
Ossining: 63 Outages, 1,028 Customers Out
Croton Harmon, Crotonville: 68 Outages, 607 OUT