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De Blasio hammers Con Ed after Brooklyn blackout, suggests a public agency replace the private utility


Added 07-22-19 09:13:02am EST - “Mayor de Blasio blasted Con Ed after thousands more New Yorkers lost power Sunday night, suggesting a public entity might be better equipped to provide electricity than the 135-year-old utility company.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “De Blasio hammers Con Ed after Brooklyn blackout, suggests a public agency replace the private utility”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Mayor de Blasio blasted Con Ed after thousands more New Yorkers lost power Sunday night, suggesting a public entity might be better equipped to provide electricity than the 135-year-old utility company.

“If Con Ed cannot answer us — why these things are happening and what they’re going to do differently to stop them — then why are we depending on a private company for something so vital?” de Blasio said at a hastily scheduled press conference in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, on Monday morning.

"We don't depend on a private company for water or for policing or for fire protection," he added. "If they can't handle the job, it's time to look at new alternatives."

De Blasio called for a full investigation after more than 50,000 Con Ed customers were in the dark on Sunday when temperatures hit the mid-90s during a scorching heat wave.

The mayor said he no longer “trusts” Con Ed after their handling of the outage and other recent blackouts.

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