Thousands of people in New York City are still waiting for power to be restored after over 50,000 customers were affected by outages Sunday night amid a unsafe heat wave.
ED said more than 52K customers in the city, Yonkers and Westchester County experienced outages Sunday night, with southeast Brooklyn the hardest-hit area, where it had shut off power to 33K customers due to high usage.
Some 20,000 of those were residents of Brooklyn who were taken off power on Sunday so energy company Con Edison could make repairs to prevent a more widespread outage.
"City agencies are working with Con Ed to resolve this as quickly as possible", de Blasio tweeted.
One of two facilities for seniors affected by the outage had its power back and generators were being sent to the other, De Blasio tweeted after midnight. City officials are working to respond, including sending a cooling bus to nursing care facilities.
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"More than 1,100 employees and contractors are in the field and almost 750 workers from as far as Georgia and NY have joined our restoration efforts with additional crews arriving throughout the day today", the company said in a statement.
Mr Cuomo said he deployed 200 state troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to Brooklyn to help with the outages and urged New Yorkers to check on their neighbours, especially the elderly.
"There'a a bigger problem here we have got to resolve with Con Ed, because this was a situation we all saw coming, and we don't have any good answers as to why this happened yet, and why this was not prevented". "This was not a natural disaster; there is no excuse for what has happened in Brooklyn".
The governor has also directed the Department of Public Service to investigate Con Edison and the cause of the outages. The department predicted the strain on the power grid would go down overnight, hastening restorations.
"I want to see people appropriately compensated", said the mayor. Governor Andrew Cuomo railed that Con Ed's license should be revoked following last weekend's blackout, and De Blasio has suggested that a public entity might do a better job, according to the Daily News, adding that "We don't depend on a private company for water or for policing or for fire protection".