Somers, North Salem File Complaint Over NYSEG Outages

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Furor against NYSEG has ramped up in recent months, especially among Heritage Hills residents, but Christmas and New Year’s Day power outages were the final straw for Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey and North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas, who last week filed a formal complaint against the utility company with the New York State Public Service Commission.

“The alarming number and length of power outages has become a significant public safety issue,” the supervisors wrote in a Jan. 3 letter to John B. Rhodes, chair of the commission. “We are on a dangerous course that, if not remediated, may have serious implications for our citizens.”

New York State Electric & Gas provides electricity to more than 25,000 residents in Somers and North Salem. Since October, Morrissey and Lucas said, many of these customers have endured frequent blackouts that, on two occasions, have lasted more than 10 hours.

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