Schumer demands federal investigation into nor’easter outages

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WHITE PLAINS -

Sen. Chuck Schumer is demanding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission launch a full investigation into the recent power outages that left thousands of people in the dark after recent nor'easters.

Schumer made the announcement at the home of Christine Roithmayr, who lost power for days at her White Plains home during the March 2 nor'easter.

She wasn't alone. Tens of thousands of people across the Hudson Valley were left in the dark, after fallen trees brought down power lines.

Back in 2011, Sen. Schumer also called on the federal government to investigate the cause of power outages after two major storms in Orange County.

After a grilling from lawmakers in Albany last week, the CEO's of Con Edison and NYSEG agreed there's room for improvements.

Schumer says he wants the FERC to start its investigation immediately, working alongside the utilities and state agencies.

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