North Salem, Somers Officials Weigh In at State Hearing on Storm Preparedness

Supervisor Warren Lucas of North Salem and Supervisor Rick Morrissey of Somers detail their accounts of the extended power outages. Credits: Senator Murphy's Office
Senator Murphy addresses the CEOs of ConEd, NYSEG and Central Hudson at the March 27 hearing. Credits: Senator Murphy's Office

ALBANY, N.Y.-March lived up to its reputation this year by coming in like a lion with two massive nor’easters that knocked out power for more than 160,000 residents in the Hudson Valley.

Many found themselves dealing with fallen power lines, utility poles and trees, virtually trapping them in their homes for up to 10 days.

On March 27, Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown), chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, held a hearing to examine how prepared utility companies were for the storms and to look at what steps could be taken to ensure better preparedness.

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The hearing was held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany after being postponed from March 22 in Somers.

The public was invited to attend but was not allowed to comment during the hearing.

“We have these hundred-year storms that are happening every year,” Murphy said. “And the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. And that’s why we’re all here. We don’t want to do this anymore.”

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