07/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2019 22:42
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today deployed resources and personnel to assist with power outages in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and directed the State Department of Public Service to expand its investigation into Con Edison power outages after the Governor directed DPS to investigate last weekend's widespread power outages on the west side of Manhattan.
The Governor has deployed 200 troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers as well as personnel and command vehicles from the State Office of Emergency Management. Earlier this evening, Con Edison reported that its Brooklyn Queens Control Center had to shed a grid to relieve overloaded portions of the electric system, resulting in power outages to approximately 35,000 customers in the following neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Georgetown, and Flatlands. The Department of Public Service and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been in constant communication with Con Ed to assist and push the utility to bring power back to customers as soon as possible.
'We have been through this situation with Con Ed time and again, and they should have been better prepared - period,' Governor Cuomo said. 'This was not a natural disaster; there is no excuse for what has happened in Brooklyn. Tonight I have deployed 200 troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to help assist with the outages. I have also directed DPS to widen its investigation into last week's blackout in Manhattan to include tonight's outages in Brooklyn.
'Safety is our top priority, and during this time it is critical that we check in on our neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure all are safe until the situation is resolved,' Governor Cuomo continued.
On July 13, a widespread blackout occurred in midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side as the result of an issue with a transmission line. At its peak, the number of customers without power reached approximately 72,000, and subway service was disrupted on the A, C, D, F and M lines. The Governor directed the Department of Public Service to investigate Con Edison and the cause of the outages.