More lawmakers turn up heat on utility companies

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The response of local utility companies to the March nor'easters is once again in the spotlight in the Hudson Valley.

Con Ed Chairman John McAvoy faced a grilling from state lawmakers in Westchester Tuesday.

The continued public pressure follows two devastating nor'easters back in March that left tens of thousands of people across in the Hudson Valley in the dark for days.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach were among several local leaders testifying before two state Assembly committees in the County Board of Legislators chambers in White Plains.

Mayor Roach slammed Con Ed's communications system during and after the storm.

Con Ed's top executive says the utility has already taken steps to improve its communications system.

Some lawmakers are also criticizing NYSEG, the utility that serves a large part of northern Westchester.

County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz is calling for an independent county audit of that utility.

The County Board of Legislators has scheduled another meeting with the utilities next week to further discuss their response to the devastating winter storms.

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