State probes into NY utilities' windstorm response sought

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) " Local officials are joining New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in calling for state regulators to investigate how utilities responded to last week's windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers in the western part of the state.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants the Department of Public Services to conduct an investigation into New York State Electric and Gas Corporation's response to Wednesday's storm that left tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Buffalo area without power.

More than half of the overall outages were in the Rochester area, which Cuomo visited on Friday. The next day the Democrat directed the PSC to investigate RG&E's preparation and response to the storm that brought wind gusts of 70 mph to 80 mph.

More than 30,000 RG&E customers spent a frigid weekend without heat or lights. Some 8,000 customers remain without power early Monday.

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