After a conference call with Westchester municipal leaders, legislators, Wednesday, outraged Westchester County Executive George Latimer written politicians, leaders, and public officials to invite them to a Rally in Westchester County Center to demand NYSEG and Con Edison Presidents resign and their management be replaced.
Latimer called for Con Edison Chairman John McAvoy and NYSEG President Carl Taylor to step down in a posting on the Westchester Government Facebook page shortly before 1 p.m.
“Both Con Edison and NYSEG have fumbled the recovery effort and we, as county residents, can no longer stand by and accept this. I would also like a clean sweep of senior management, and I want a new philosophy adopted.”
Con Edison released a short statement saying that its priority remains restoration.
“We remain focused on the recovery and restoration from both storms,” Con Ed spokesperson Alfonso Quiroz said.
You can hear and see, the County Executive’s message to county officials on this conference call below:
Here is the copy of the County Executive’s letter released at 2:35 Wednesday afternoon:
Dear New York State Delegation, Municipal Officials and Westchester County Board of Legislators,
In light of the inadequate and troubled response by ConEdison and NYSEG to restore tens of thousands of Westchester Customers after Winter Storm Reilly, I invite you to join me to call for the Presidents of both companies to step down. Both ConEdison and NYSEG have fumbled the recovering effort and we as County residents can no longer stand by and accept this. Along with both Presidents stepping down, I would also like a clean sweep of senior management, and I want a new philosophy adopted.
I listened to enough, and we have put up with enough. We are all tired of ConEdison and NYSEG’s excuses. There are human beings out there – and we are given statistics instead of real world services.
Please join me on Friday for a statement of solidarity.
Westchester County Executive
Allen Drury, Public Affairs Manager at Con Edison in an email confirmed the feat of restoring 9,000 Westchester Customers from 10 PM Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning accomplished by Con Edison Crews teaming with crews from Texas, Canada and Wisconsin working together in worsening conditions through the night.
Nearly 45,000 customers were still without power in the Lower Hudson Valley, going into the second nor’easter in less than a week dropped 6 to 12 inches of snow on Wednesday. That includes 2,618 in Yorktown, 2,176 in the Town and Village of Mamaroneck, 2,351 in Cortlandt, 2,144 in Mount Pleasant, 1,832 in New Rochelle, 1,811 in North Castle, 881 in Greenburgh, 1,405 in New Castle, 977 in Yonkers, 1,470 in Harrison and 1,149 in Mount Vernon, Con Edison customers and 9,911 NYSEG customers in Westchester without power and 10,442 in Putnam, as of 6:15 p.m. The Westchester customers include 3,057 in Somers, 1,727 in Yorktown, 2,639 in Lewisboro, 921 in Bedford and 958 in North Salem.