Due to Tropical Storm Isaias, more than a third of all Long Island electric customers were without power as of Tuesday night — some 368,000 of LIPA’s 1.1 million customers — have had difficulty contacting PSEG regarding power restoration. Assemblymember Solages released the following statement regarding the PSEG storm response:
“While it might be difficult to determine the severity of the weather, PSEG was fully aware of the incoming tropical storm and had a thoroughly lackluster response. Furthermore, a lack of communication only worsened the matter. Ratepayers deserve an efficient method of communicating during these types of emergencies so that they can safeguard their families and property.
PSEG is now estimating that many homes may not have power restored for another week. That is completely unacceptable. Residents cannot be expected to go for days without access to power with vulnerable family members in their home and costly loss of perishable food items. There was enough time to formulate a response plan, and there should be fail-safe measures in place for these types of occurrences.
Long Island has a tumultuous history with power companies and we cannot afford more of the same. This has been a disappointing experience with PSEG. We need answers in regards to what went wrong and how they will improve moving forward. I look forward to the results of the Department of Public Service’s investigation ”
About Michaelle Solages
Michaelle C. Solages is a Member of the New York State Assembly, representing the Twenty-Second Assembly District. She serves as Chair of the Taskforce on Farm, Food and Nutrition Policy and Chair-elect of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. She is a member of the following Standing Committees: Health, Libraries, and Education Technology, Racing and Wagering, Social Services. She is also a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Solages represents the communities of Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, South Floral Park, Floral Park, Village of Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor, and parts of Franklin Square.