NYSEG works to restore power for customers still in the dark after storms

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New York State Electric and Gas Corporation says it's working to restore power to people across the Hudson Valley who are still without power following a storm on Halloween.

NYSEG says it's working to restore power to almost all the customers who lost electricity in Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties by 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say 25,000 people lost power in the Hudson Valley during the storm. Winds reached as high as 70 miles per hour in some areas, knocking down trees and power lines.

Officials are slamming NYSEG for the utility company's lack of communication and response.

The Putnam County Emergency Services commissioner says the lack of communication is frustrating. Ken Clair says the number NYSEG gave "rang it was busy" and there was no rollover number.

Trish Nilsen, the emergency preparedness director for NYSEG, said in response, "At this point, we'll still investigate. We're focused on the restoration efforts and making sure that we have clear communication with the county now."

This is not the first time NYSEG has come under fire for its storm response. Last year, Westchester County Executive George Latimer called on the utility company's leader to step down after back-to back-storms left thousands of people across the Hudson valley without power for days.

Special hearings were also held in Albany over the poor storm response back in March of 2018.

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