Gov. Cuomo calls for investigation into RG&E’s preparedness

March 11, 2017 07:12 PM

Governor Cuomo spoke in Rochester earlier on Saturday, during which he said he was 'not pleased' with RG&E's job.

The Governor said he is ‘not pleased’ with RG&E’s job, and argues that they did not do what needed to be done in order to be prepared. He said that he is asking for a review of the operation taking place now, and later on an investigation into RG&E's preapredness, RG&E's facility in bringing in other crews and other workers, and using the mutual aid system.

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While he did not give any specific reasons, he says that three days to restore power isn't fast enough. 

"In my opinion, RG&E did not do what they needed to do to be prepared," he said at a National Guard command post on Saturday.

Berkeley Brean, News10NBC:  "What specifically are they not doing or didn't do?" 

Governor Andrew Cuomo: "My point is this: we as a state have been through this a number of times."

The Governor also went to a home in Greece on Saturday where the NationalGuard was helping to cut up fallen trees. 

At the peak, RG&E had 116 thousand customers without power- they've since reduced that by more than half.

However, in Irondequoit- where Senator Chuck Schumer was surveying damage- a third of the town is without power.

Dave Seeley, the Town Supervisor, has talked with RG&E about what they're doing.

Dave Seeley, Irondequoit Supervisor: "They need to make me understand why that's not happening so I can explain it to the residents who call us and want to know [and] forecast long term how long they're in this." 

Berkeley Brean: "The governor is blaming RG&E for not being prepared for this. Do you concur with the Governor?

Dave Seeley: "That's a level of analysis as a town supervisor I'm not ready to make. After the fact, I'll certainly want to know and understand what could have been done better." 

Katarina Gill of Irondequoit also has no power. She has a generator and is trying to run her house on it, but isn't interested in the blame game.

"If somehow the government can help them to do their job, I'd be all for it... but I'm just thankful that they're in this weather on the weekend away from their families trying to get our families safe and warm." 

The Governor also tweeted about his displeasure at RG&E, saying that he is asking for there to be an investigation into RG&E’s preparedness.

In a response, AVANGRID- RG&E's parent company, released this statement: 

“We are focused on restoring service safely and efficiently. Our customers depend on us for safety, comfort, and convenience in their homes and businesses, and it is our highest priority to meet their needs safely and efficiently. Thousands of men and women from our company and throughout the Northeast are working around the clock, and they will keep working until we have restored service to all of our customers. We welcome any additional assistance Governor Cuomo is able to secure for this effort. The company will respond to the Public Service Commission’s concerns when we receive a formal notice of any inquiries.”


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