NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – State Sen. Todd Kaminsky requested a joint legislative hearing on the response from utility companies to Tropical Storm Isaias, and it may take place as soon as next week.
With tens of thousands still in the dark on Long Island, and hundreds of thousands more across the tri-state, on Sunday, Kaminsky said utilities have failed the region.
“If this shows that utilities were not ready for what they just saw, then how are they going to be ready for a serious hurricane?” he said. “This is extremely concerning.”
Kaminsky requested a joint legislative hearing with the Senate and Assembly.
The hearings are tentatively scheduled for the week of Aug. 17. Formal invitations to the hearing will be sent out this week.
The issue of communication will be addressed, as residents had issues reporting storm damage and outages in their area yet received their billing statements on time.
“I guess this is a real test that they failed. So we want to know why and we want to figure out how we can make sure that this doesn't happen again, so that New Yorkers aren't reliving the same nightmare over and over again,” Kaminsky said.
PSEG Long Island’s COO, Daniel Eichhorn, has announced that the utility is complying.
Kaminsky said he hopes to hear from more utility and phone companies.
“We need to be involved and hold them accountable and make sure that they’re not just coasting, knowing that they’re the only provider around,” Kaminsky said.