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A Week Later, 11K NYSEG Customers Still In The Dark In Westchester, Putnam

A snowy bird feeder in Granite Springs. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Jaclyn Nelson
Snow in Cold Spring. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Fred Kohut

More than 11,000 NYSEG customers remain without power as crews continue cleaning up from a pair of winter storms that left trees and power lines strewn about the area.

According to NYSEG, as of 9:45 a.m. on Friday, 11,157 of NYSEG’s 86,737 customers in Putnam as well as parts of Northern Westchester and Dutchess remain without power as municipal aid crews continue making the rounds in the region, de-powering power lines and clearing downed trees.

In Westchester, there are 6,945 customers without power, while 3,551 customers in Putnam are without power, and an additional 661 in Dutchess are reporting service interruptions. No estimated time of restoration has been provided by NYSEG officials.

Earlier this week, Carl A. Taylor, president and CEO of NYSEG, said, "This significant winter storm caused a substantial amount of damage. We understand that any amount of time without power is an inconvenience to our customers.”

The response from both NYSEG and Con Edison to the two recent storms has led to outrage from local officials who have lambasted the two utility companies for their slow response to turn the lights back on in the Hudson Valley.

“Days after Winter Storm Riley thousands of Westchester residents are still sleeping in cold homes with no lights and downed power lines right outside their doors. I find this disgusting,” Latimer said. "I am outraged at both Con Edison and NYSEG’s slow and inadequate response. The people of Westchester, who pay both Con Edison and NYSEG for their services, deserve better.”

In Westchester, Bedford, Lewisboro, Somers and Pound Ridge NYSEG residents have more than 1,000 customers without power. Carmel was hardest hit in Putnam, with 2,026 outages still being reported.

Thousands of out-of-state contractors have arrived since the storm to assist crews in recovery efforts over the past week, following the pair of powerful storms that felled trees and left downed power lines throughout the tri-state area. Dozens of roads remain closed in the region as crews continue clean-up efforts.

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