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February 18, 2013

Response to Wilmington power outage criticized

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WILMINGTON —

Ellis said they are talking with Preston about his concerns and expectations for communication during such events.

“During major storm events, our primary focus always has been, and will continue to be, ensuring public safety and then restoring service as quickly as possible,” he said. 

“We will also continue to dedicate considerable time and energy to communicating with elected officials.”

‘VERY GOOD PEOPLE’

Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said he has always had a cordial relationship with NYSEG.

“There are some very good people who work there. I’m sure we can work it out with them. 

“I think we can make better communications for us all.”

Supervisor Daniel Connell (D-Westport) said he had the same problem 11 years ago with National Grid, and it was solved after they talked with the top leaders at that company.

“The turnaround was astronomical. They (National Grid) now call me at night with everything they know” about power outages.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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