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Cuomo Calls for Probe After Con Ed Outage Snarls Weekend Subways – Red Hook – New York


RED HOOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a state investigation into a power surge at a Con Edison substation in Red Hook that caused extensive train delays and power outages at a public housing complex Sunday afternoon. 

The power failure, which occurred at roughly 1 p.m., caused signal delays for five train lines, partially severed power to a handful of buildings in the Red Hook Houses and sent Con Ed workers scrambling to make repairs. On the A, C and F lines, there was no service at all between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Cuomo called the power failure “completely unacceptable” on Sunday and urged the Department of Public Service to review the situation. 

“Con Ed must be held accountable for the multitude of issues with their infrastructure that are too frequently impacting the lives of millions of New Yorkers,” he said in a statement. “I am directing the Department of Public Service to conduct an immediate top to bottom investigation into today’s incident — the status quo cannot continue.”

Sunday’s train delays were the latest problem with the city’s beleaguered subway system, which has experienced several recent power outages stalling straphangers across the city. 

The outage also disrupted elevators and air conditioners in three of NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses but has since been partially restored, Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury said Monday.

“Power was restored overnight at two Red House Houses, there is one that remains on generation,” he said.

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