Officials demand outage answers from utility companies

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As Con Edison and NYSEG struggle to restore power to thousands left in the dark after last week's nor'easter, local lawmakers are demanding answers why some areas haven’t had power for days.

County legislators and supervisors had a private meeting with Con Edison Tuesday afternoon demanding answers about unrestored power in their neighborhoods.

"People first want their power and then they want answers as to exactly what happened, who's responsible and how we can stop it from happening again,” said Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz.

Although News 12 was not allowed inside of the building, a Con Edison spokesperson said off camera that the utility was working to restore at least 90 percent of the power outages in Westchester County.

This left many to wonder about the rest of the region and how quickly things could get done before Wednesday’s expected storm.

"We've had very few crews out and about in Yorktown, both from Con Edison and NYSEG. We have poles that are still damaged and hanging,” said Yorktown Executive Assistant Town Supervisor Stewart Glass.

Con Edison said Tuesday that more than 80 percent of power had been restored to the area and that crews were continuing to work around the clock to get it all done.

"We have a big storm coming tomorrow, and you know we're concerned, and we do appreciate everything Con Ed has done as far as opening our schools on Monday, but we've been working with one crew and we still have over 1,000 people out,” said New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein.

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