For Immediate Release
November 2, 2011
SUPERVISOR ALEX GROMACK
DENOUNCES ORANGE & ROCKLAND'S
STORM RESPONSE AS TOTALLY DEPLORABLE
DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM
O&R AND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
(New City, NY)
- In the wake of Saturday’s snowstorm, Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack has heard
his constituents’ outrage with Orange & Rockland. Saturday’s
forecasted Northeaster storm left approximately 18,000 residents without power.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 7,000 residents still remained in the dark and cold.
displayed its utter ineffectiveness in response to Hurricane Irene, and their
incompetence is only further highlighted by their response to this recent
storm,” said Supervisor Gromack. “After Irene, I met with O&R officials and
demanded ways to improve their communication with our residents. Unfortunately,
not only have their procedures not improved, but the lack of response to this
recent storm is nothing short of outrageous. Clearly, an investigation by the
New York State Public Service Commission is required.”
Town of Clarkstown
has received hundreds of calls and e-mails from angry residents who were unable
to contact O&R or who did not receive helpful information when they did.
Estimated restoration times were slow in coming, inaccurate and contradictory.
There has been a distinct lack of presence by O&R repair crews in the
my leadership in working with Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard and the
Clarkstown Highway Department, we have deployed our crews around the clock to
open roads and assist O&R with their job to restore power. We have also
opened warming centers to provide a refuge for our residents without heat.
the Supervisor’s numerous and continuous demands for additional crews to handle
this disaster, finally, at his insistence, just today, the Supervisor was told
that O&R deployed 70 crews in Clarkstown. “The fact that several
days--Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday-- passed without a significant presence of repair crews is simply not
acceptable”, said Supervisor Gromack. “Their
righteous indignation in asking for a rate increase is simply adding insult to
injury--we deserve a rebate, not an increase. Our residents deserve better, and
the New York State Public Service Commission needs to hold O&R accountable
and insure that the public is protected and receives the service they deserve
and, in fact, pay for.”
# # #