With over 40K blacked out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Con Edison: They should have been better prepared
New Yorkers cooled off in a fountain, as the city battles a relentless heat wave.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed electricity company Con Edison as thousands of people were without power Sunday night amid dangerously hot weather.
“We’ve been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared—period,” Cuomo tweeted.
About 46,000 New York City customers were blacked out as of 9 p.m. EDT because of continued heat and high usage, just one week after a transformer fire turned off the lights for nearly 75,000 people. The majority of Sunday’s scattered blackouts affected the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
Con Edison restored power to around 13,000 people in southeast Brooklyn, according to a statement released 1 a.m. EDT Monday, but 40,000 remained without electricity.
Cuomo urged residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, who are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses. New York deployed state police, generators and light towers to provide support, he tweeted.
Con Ed said it reduced voltage by 8% in affected areas to maintain service as repairs are made. The company continued to urge power conservation, such as by turning off non-essential appliances. Before the heat wave began, power company officials warned outages may reoccur as people ramp up their air conditioning.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the “accumulated heat and strain from the past few days has built up in the electrical equipment.” The city had directed office buildings to set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees through Sunday to reduce strain on its electrical grid.
The high hit 95 degrees in New York City on Saturday, leading officials to cancel a commemoration of the 1969 moon landing at Times Square and an outdoor festival featuring Women’s World Cup soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musician John Legend.