Con Ed Westchester Restoration: Estimated Nov. 10-11

Most power should be restored in Westchester County by the end of next weekend, Con Ed officials said.

Westchester County residents without power are likely looking at another week-and-a-half in the dark.

On a press conference call this evening, Con Edison Senior Vice President of Electric Operations John Miksad said the "thousands" of restoration jobs throughout the county will likely not be complete until the end of next weekend, and even then, "There will be some stragglers that will go beyond that."

He reiterated, "We are allocating resources proportional to the damage and customer outages so we can bring it in a fair and efficient way."

Unlike Manhattan where multiple repairs can be made from a single location, the county has "thousands of jobs" that are "dispersed."

"It's thousands of jobs versus one localized area," Miksad explained. "That really is the main difference for restoration time."

Of the approximately 900,000 total Con Edison customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy this week, approximately 630,000 are still without power, he said.

In Westchester County, that number has dropped to approximately 151,096, according to the company's website.

"We are still assessing the damage in some of the hard to reach places," Miksad stated. "We have many customers whose basements are entirely flooded—including their electric equipment. We are isolating those customers from the grid until they repair their damaged equipment."

The repairs following the storm will likely end up costing "in the hundreds of millions of dollars," according to Miksad, though, the federal government may provide reimbursements.

In response to a reporter's inquiry about restoring power quickly to gas stations, Miksad replied the priorities still remain with the hospitals, nursing homes, water stations, etc. that are affected.

"We have a number of critical facilities," he said.

Given the criticism Con Edison has received about its response following Sandy so far, Miksad said, "We have been communicating very openly and candidly about the extent of the damage and the extent of the restoration efforts."

He continued, "I know people have to make plans—we don't want to blow smoke on this. We want to make sure people can plan their lives accordingly."

Teleman November 03, 2012 at 12:15 AM
That this could happen has never been a secret- the government has been telling people for years to be prepared for natural and man made disaster, and to have a plans and supplies to deal with them- most people are morons and pay no attention. Do you not realize what a thin thread our society hangs on? We are one storm, one terror attack or one chinese hacker attack caused powerd grid wipe away from complete chaos. If you're not prepared for things to go real bad real quick, then shame on you!
Blaue Vogel November 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Ditto. Thing is, people think government is gonna save them. Think again, sheep. Help yourselves!
Ruthmarie Hicks November 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
OK - No one is going to believe this - so you just have to trust me, I don't have the imagination to make something like this up. I got an ACTUAL PHONE CALL FROM A LIVING HUMAN WORKING FOR ConEd. But you know why they were calling? As a real estate agent, I have a blog and cover a variety of local issues. About 18 months ago I did a blog on the Carver Center in Port Chester. They called me to ask if the Carver Center had power! No, I'm not kidding. My phone number is on the blog site and apparently they were Googling The Carver Center in order to find the number??????? I don't blame the workers doing this - but don't they have a database of phone numbers for their consumers?????? What this screams to me is that whatever system they have is hopelessly dysfunctional. And YES - we still have to bury the lines.
JHL November 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM
At last, a few Con Ed trucks showed up in front of my house yesterday along with a bulldozer and a public works truck. They saw the numerous downed trees laying on top of power wires, surveyed the situation -- and left.
joshua tanner November 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I have freinds in NJ who tell me lots of convoys of repair crews have been arriving from Florida, Tennesee etc. The cavalry is here
Ruthmarie Hicks November 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
For those who are whining that it "costs too much". If you had your way, Metro-North never would have been built. Ditto the NYC subway system. The same for the inter-state system. "Too expensive" is has become the catch-all EXCUSE for not maintaining vital infrastructure. You have to TAKE CARE OF and IMPROVE your infrastructure to stay competitive. This mentality will make the US a 3rd -World nation - In fact we are well on way! Anyone who thinks "American Exceptionalism" is a God-given right needs to stop thumping their Bibles and get real. Exceptionalism was EARNED. It was earned by pushing back on the naysayers and saying "Yes we CAN build a subway system!" Now I say "Yes we CAN build an electrical grid that will function reliably!" The estimated cost for this ONE STORM are amounting to roughly $50 billion in damage. That's close to 19,000 miles of wire burying using numbers of $500/foot. It would have an additional benefit of putting thousands of people to work who desperately need jobs. It would be a shot of adrenalin to our limping economy. That money would be returned to the community in the form of taxes and the purchase of goods and services. Businesses would flock to our area because it was functional and reliable - adding more jobs. Thriving communities don't just happen. It takes a deliberate effort on the part of the public sector.
Nummy November 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Angry in Eastchester November 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Con Ed does not really care about us folks here in Westchester. One (1) crew assigned to Eastchester and one (1) crew to other communities. A joke but the joke really is on us customers. Con Ed's CEO-Kevin Burke compensation last year was $1,177,633 and well worth it! All of Con Ed's restoration costs will be paid with our taxpayer dollars thru FEMA. All the talk of "holding Con Ed's feet to the fire" is just that, namely talk. Here in Westchester, one of the highest taxed counties in the country, people are living without power or hope for restored power for another week or so. Words can not describe our frustration at Con Ed and all of our elected officials. To describe customers who are service by overhead wires as "stragglers" is just plain wrong! Perhaps a class action lawsuit vs. Con Ed might just wake them up...
S November 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Yeah,@Leave, thinking actually does have a lot to do with this. Thinking = planning beforehand, when all credible estimates reported that this would be an unprecedented storm of immense power, that maybe it would be a good idea to hire and bring in some contractors/extra crews from other companies so that they'd be ready to go on day 1 of the aftermath. Not sitting around and waiting for someone else to remove trees from the downed lines, or for contractors you hired last minute to try to fly into town when all the airports are closed. Of course, that would affect the bottom line and dent the profits of the company. And we couldn't have that, right? As a final note, nobody is saying that "thinking would run that storm out to sea," or any of your other straw men you rolled out there. And you probably know that too, given the level of snark you're throwing out. The point is, ConEd had a dry run last year with a storm that nobody saw coming. This time it was different, because we all had the heads up. And nobody is saying that they would've stopped the flooding or the initial onslaught of the storm, and if they are, well, then they're just as deluded as you. What could have--and should have--been controlled, is the type of response made in the immediate aftermath. Let's be honest here. One crew for the entire town of Scarsdale, or two crews for all of Greenburgh, is just pathetic. And if you can't see that, then you're willfully looking the other way.
JHL November 03, 2012 at 11:14 PM
One Con Ed crew in Briarcliff. Tues morning I woke up and my 60 foot tree was on top of my neighbor's house. When I wake up tomorrow morning it will still be there, 5 full days later because Con Ed took forever to bless the removal of the tree. Still no power, phones, cable, etc., 5 1/2 days after it initially all went out. No end in sight. Disgraceful.
J. Cattano November 04, 2012 at 01:40 AM
You sound like a spoiled child -
J. Cattano November 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
What a bunch a winers --- what would you all do if you were in Staten Island or some of the other areas that were completely decimated.... Wake the hell up and just thank God you're ALIVE - I am not going on the Patch anymore too many cry babies and spoiled brats - makes me sick!
JHL November 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yeah, and 10 million were killed in the Holocaust and we don't have it as bad as them either -- so that means we can never criticize local and federal governments or Con Ed for their failures in the wake of a loudly publicized hurricane/storm which has left at least half my town without power for 6 days and counting. Imbecile.
Cadeyrn November 04, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Blaue's cranky. Chronic stuff.
Christine Sutorius November 04, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Con Ed shuts your power off if you don't pay...but what can we do to them if we don't have power...NOTHING... We need a Gov. like CHRISTIE in NJ..
molly sutorius November 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Maybe if the help coming from the south were not held at bay and kept out of NY due to union issues we would be at least 2 days ahead in helping everyone back to normalcy!
Connie November 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
First normal comment I've read. I will assume these people have not been able to see the horrific pictures of devastation in the area, don't know people have been without food or water for days, or don't know they are still finding bodies (including children!) in staten island and new jersey! Count your blessings
J. Cattano November 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
@JHL - MISERABLE _ IGNORANT MAN _ I say man because I can't imagine a woman being so heartless. Enjoy your misery.
Ruthmarie Hicks November 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Oh...A Gov. Christie is going to HELP YOU with a deregulated thug like ConEd. He comes from the party that brought us this deregulated monster.
JHL November 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
You're sexist and stupid, Cattano. You probably work for Con Ed -- which would make some sense considering how stupid you are. PS: learn how to spell "whiner," you moron.
J. Cattano November 04, 2012 at 02:56 PM
JHL - I know nothing about Con Ed - but boy oh boy... for someone without power and lights you sure are glued to your computer! -Seems to me, that you are nothing more than a name calling bully - I am not going to give you the pleasure of going back and forth because that is what someone like you loves to do - stupid is as stupid does. I must discontinue this battle if wits with you as you are CLEARLY unarmed - just a little man with a little mind. I'm not sexist sir - just calling it as it is, you are miserable!
Christian November 04, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Our entire neighborhood in North White Plains got power around 8pm last night (McBride, Benedict, etc). Lot's of Coned folks in the neighborhood around that time....finally!
JHL November 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Yes, you can't go three words without spelling one wrong and it's me that is witless. Got it. You must either work for Con Ed, FEMA or are terrified Obama will be blamed for this mess because there is not one rational person who believes that disaster is being handled well. Six days into this and one Con Ed crew is wandering around each Westchester town -- and that is ok with you. And btw, if you could read above you would have learned that I have a full-house generator with another week to go before I even need a propane delivery. It's not about me, however, it is about communities which were ignored and thousands of people who still won't have heat or power when the next storm hits in a couple days.
Debra Coppola November 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I still have no electricity and it is Monday. I just want to say this after reading everyones posts. I am sure that we all agree that what has happened is horrible because people have lost their lives and homes. That doesn't mean however, that Con Ed couldn't have communicated better, worked faster, planned better, put money into under ground lines. No one can stop natural disasters but they do know that eventually they happen! Money needs to be spent to fix things before there is an emergency. Rosemary said it really well in an earlier post. In response to the person who is complaining anout spelling errors I would like to say some of us are typing on a 3" screen using our thumbs. :) ! I beieve we need to all stand together and not cut each other up since we all have an opinion and this forum offers a place for us to express that.
JHL November 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Seven full days, no power or phones. Briarcliff has lines down, poles snapped in half, no Con Ed trucks in site. My guess is no power for at least ten days where I'm at. PS my property taxes are 53K.
Sarah Studley (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
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JHL November 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
It hurts spending your days displaying your jealousy on various Patches, doesn't it?
JHL November 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Cattano, you spend your days perusing various Patch websites throughout Westchester and all comments are the same: you hate the rich. Got it. Good luck tomorrow, I hope you and the rest of the 47%ers can keep the gravy train going another four years. I not, I'm sure racism is the cause of it.
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Hi, Jeff, local politicians and officials have talked about the situation; look on your local Patch site for their blogs, letters, statements and comments. If you don't find a specific local official, please email me at lanning.taliaferro@patch.com so that I can make sure those posts are featured and send you the URLs.
jeff meyer November 06, 2012 at 01:58 AM
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/snapshots/2051.html It is reported that Con Ed recorded a profit of just under one billion dollars in 2011. Is it unreasonable to expect that a significant portion of these profits be applied to the updating and the modernization of infrastructure? The public utility is a health and public safety matter. Unfortunately, Con Ed is essentially a monopoly in Westchester County thus taking the consumer for granted. Yes, I understand that Con Ed has a responsibility to their shareholders however they must understand that they have a responsibility to the public and the consumers that they are suppose to serve. At the very least Con Ed must undertake a serious effort to improve their infrastructure and their services. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY


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