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dry ice at county center today...ASSEMBLYMAN TOM ABINANTI's STATEMENT...
Release Date: November 04, 2012

Dry ice is being distributed at the Westchester County Center today until 4 or until supplies run out. We have crews working on W Hartsdale, Heatherdell, Round Hill Road, , Juniper Hill. There are others around town, but not reported to the police. PAUL FEINER
FROM ASSEMBLYMAN ABINANTI..
Paul,
 
Thanks for keeping the community informed. You have been doing on an anecdotal basis what Con Ed should have been doing on a global basis.
 
I am pleased to hear that Con Ed has finally responded to Greenburgh. I hope the effort is sustained and leads to a restoration of power soon.
 
I think people should know what has been going on behind the scenes so I would appreciate your distributing this email -- my report - to your list.
 
Your reports have evidence Con Ed's lack of coordination with local communities and a serious community frustration with Con Ed's response. This is similar to what is occuring in other communities.
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I have driven through much of Greenburgh and and Mount Pleasant. I twice met with the teams in the Emergency Operations Centers in both Towns where Con Ed employees acting as municipal laisons are working with police chiefs and highway superintendents/commissioners.

First, Con Ed has been providing little useful information. Even the municipal laisons have not been fully informed of all Con Ed plans and operations within their area. Frustration over poor information has been so high that Con Ed officials are now providing daily conference calls - for municipal officials/operations officials and for federal/state/county officials. I have participated in several - most recently with members of Congress (Lowey and Engle), our state senators, all of Westchester's Assemblymembers and some County legislators. Even with this array, we gained little useful information beyond what is reported in the news media.

Second, while the Con Ed employees are working hard, there are far too few of them. Each town/laison has been assigned only a couple of crews. As a result, the more numerous town crews are far ahead and are waiting for Con Ed crews to de-power live wires and untangle trees/branches wrapped in wires so they can cut down and remove fallen trees and limbs. I have seen first hand that Greenburgh crews have worked hard to clean streets, clear trees and limbs - using in-house expertise to do many things that elsewhere communities are waiting for Con Ed to do.
 
Con Ed's response has been woefully inadequate in Westchester. I even came upon your Public Works Commissioner, one of the Con Ed's laison's and the Con Ed Crew chief on a street in Edgemont trying to stretch the minimal Con Ed resources as far as possible in conjunction with the very able town response.

Third, Con Ed has not been sufficiently coordinating with municipalities. There appear to special teams working on specific assignments beyond the control and knowledge of municipaI laisons and officials - thus operating without municipal support.

I suggested in our last conference call that Con Ed must immediately better coordinate with municipalities: 1. Provide more info and power to Con Ed community laisons to affect Con Ed operations in their area;
2. Have Con Ed operations personnel meet immediately in person with municipal operations personel to implement a joint countywide effort using the many now untapped municipal resources;
3. Provide more Con Ed crews in Westchester.

In the short run, we need to cut/clear what is left and restore power before the next storm converts the trees leaning on wires into more outages. Your latest email shows they have finally added workers and informed the laison of the effort so the town can continue to work effectively with Con Ed.

In the long term we need to examine whether Westchester any longer benefits by being part of a Con Ed also serving NYC.

TOM ABINANTI
Tom Abinanti
NYS Assembly (92 AD)
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