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Senator Gianaris Sends 2006 Queens Outage Recommendations to Governor's Moreland Commission

Senator Gianaris Sends 2006 Queens Outage Recommendations to Governor's Moreland Commission

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Published by: Senator Mike Gianaris on Dec 04, 2012
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 NEW YORK STATE SENATEOFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARISFor Immediate ReleaseDecember 4, 2012Contact: Anna Adams-
Sarthou │718
Queens, NY
A longtime advocate for improved public utility service, Senator Michael Gianarisis helping reform
 New York’s public utilities
 by sending Governor Cuomo’s
MorelandCommission a report from the Queens Power Outage Task Force, which he led following the 10-day western Queens blackout in 2006. The report made a series of recommendations to improveutility service, which would be a useful tool for the Moreland Commission as it conducts its owninvestigation of the utilities.Governor Cuomo recently established the commission under the Moreland Act to investigate theresponse, preparation and
management of the state’s
utilities and make recommendations forreforming how they operate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and other extreme storms thathit New York over the last few years.
“The failure of utilities’ response efforts is a recurring problem that cries out for reform,”Senator Gianaris said. “Many of the issues raised by Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts are
identical to those experienced by western Queens in 2006. The inability to quickly restore powerto so many homes and busines
ses is dangerous to people’s health and devastating to our 
economy. I am hopeful this Commission will bring about the necessary reforms many of us have
advocated for years.”
 In July 2006, western Queens experienced a historic 10-day blackout caused by failures in Con
Edison’s Long Island City network
, which forced residents to be without power during anextremely hot summer and businesses to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars or close entirely.Senator Gianaris is a leader in reforming utilities by increasing oversight of the industry,ensuring they are held accountable for their faulty systems and that businesses were reimbursedfor losses incurred as a result of the outage.The Queens Power Outage Task Force identified problems with the S
tate’s energy
policy whichled to the lack of accountability over utilities.
Similar to the Moreland Commission’s current
investigation of recent failures, the Report from the 2006 Task Force examined the possibility of 

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