Officials keep pressure on Con Ed about nor’easter response

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Westchester officials are keeping the pressure on Con Edison following the utility's response to recent nor'easters that left tens of thousands of people across the Hudson Valley in the dark.

Local leaders and officials from dozens of municipalities met with Con Ed executives at the utility’s headquarters in Rye to work on a better response plan going forward.

Con Ed's communication during the storm was a big topic of discussion at the meeting. Many Westchester officials say the utility needs to make major improvements in that area.

"I think that they know without a shadow of a doubt that people are concerned. We are in many cases not happy, and that we'll continue to stay on this utility and how they do their work,” says Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach says Con Ed could do a better job coordinating with municipalities to clear roads and get the lights back on as quickly as possible.

Michael Clendenin, a Con Edison spokesman, says they recognize that there were some software glitches that caused information to be inaccurate to their customers and that they are trying to fix those issues.

Westchester officials say they hope that's the start of many changes the utility makes to prevent future prolonged blackouts following storms.

News 12 has been told that more meetings between Con Ed and Westchester municipal leaders are planned for the future.

Go HERE to see extended interviews on the meeting.

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