Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Congressman Eliot Engel and other local officials joined about 20 residents on the corner of Gramatan and East Devonia Avenues in a call to action regarding Con Edison’s emergency response after Tropical Storm Irene. Mayor Young and Congressman Engel announced plans to schedule a meeting between Con Edison officials and representatives from the neighborhood association to discuss a long term solution to the constant power outages in the area.
Young said his office has been working with Con Edison since Sunday morning to restore power across the city. Still, several hundred homes and traffic lights throughout the city were without power due to Tropical Storm Irene. But, residents say it doesn’t take much wind and rain to knock out the electricity in the neighborhood due to Con Edison’s antiquated electrical infrastructure.
A state of emergency declaration was declared in the City of Mount Vernon during Tropical Storm Irene. Con Edison official described this storm as the worst ever in the Hudson Valley. Initially, 7,800 Con Ed customers in Mount Vernon were without power and most will be restored as of today.
Mayor Young has been in contact with Consolidated Edison directly and in concert with the County of Westchester to obtain information about and to press for immediate action for the citizens without electricity.
Mayor Young said, “Yes, we had tremendous flooding and power outages due to Tropical Storm Irene. While, some people have been restored, I am outraged by the slow response and lack of coordination in restoring power in Mount Vernon.”
“This is beyond natural disasters. Time and time again, this neighborhood has been without power. We knew that flooding, downed trees and power lines would be a major problem following a storm of this magnitude. That’s why my administration took several preventative steps before the storm hit, including cleaning catch basins and trimming trees this summer helped reduce the Irene’s impact. Despite these efforts, several households and businesses were left without power for at least four days. We ask Con Edison to come to the table and work with us to resolve this longstanding and reoccurring problem,” stated Young.
Congressman Engel stated, “This is totally unacceptable. I’m sick of their excuses. This is not some rural area that’s 100 miles away from any civilization. This is Mount Vernon. It should have been easier to restore power to Mount Vernon. We want answers! The top levels of Con Edison will hear from me and the Mayor.”
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